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Clerk serves 80+ ISDs from her little-known department

2014 December 4
by HISD Communications
Cynthia Legette

Cynthia Legette

When Cynthia Legette first came to HISD back in 1979, she thought she was accepting a temporary position as a clerk in Food Services. Now, the longtime employee is celebrating her 35th anniversary with the district.

“I went through a temporary service at the time, and it was supposed to be for just one day,” said the Furr High School graduate. “But one day turned into a month, and then they asked me if I wanted to stay permanently.”

Legette spent her first 25 years with HISD in Purchasing, but for the last ten, she has been working as a budget clerk in the little-known Medicaid office, which provides services not only to HISD, but also to 80 other school districts.

“A lot of people don’t know about us,” she said, “and they are so shocked when they hear. But I work in the call center, helping people with login problems on the eSHARS system or questions about what’s billable. We provide consulting services to other districts and bill Medicaid for Special Education services provided to students. That returns money to districts that can be used to pay the salaries of other employees, such as nurses, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists.”

Legette said the most gratifying part of her job is knowing that she is helping students with special needs receive a high-quality education. “My daily work fosters an environment where all students can achieve and learn to believe in themselves,” she said. “That makes for a more sound and secure future for both the students and their communities.”

Legette officially marked her 35th anniversary with the district on Nov. 26, but a few other employees have also marked theirs over the past few weeks (Nov. 21–Dec. 6). See if you know anyone on this list:

35 years

  • Rita Robinson, counselor, Coop ES

30 years

  • Natalie Adams, teacher, Sharpstown HS
  • Joyce Thompson, teacher, Montgomery ES
  • Delores Tisdale, teacher, Askew ES

25 years

  • Joseph Alva, instructional specialist, Jackson MS
  • Marion Gay Jr, teacher, Chavez MS
  • Linda Houston, student information representative, Lockhart ES
  • Chandra Jones, registrar, Westbury MS
  • Theresa Meza, student information representative, Fonville MS
  • Robert Miller, teacher, Stevenson MS
  • Stephen Roquemore, Special Education employment representative, Madison MS
  • Cynthia Vega, student information representative, Briscoe ES
  • Jose Zaragoza Jr., site services team lead, Construction & Facility Services

20 years

  • Debra Coleman, attendant, Food Services
  • Yolanda Dockery, attendant, Food Services
  • Maria Garcia, attendant, Food Services
  • Tonya Houston, teacher, Reynolds ES
  • Carolina Kopinsky, evaluation specialists, Child Study
  • Juana Martin, plant operator, Construction & Facility Services
  • Deborah Ross, teaching assistant, Furr HS
  • Janan Skaf, teacher, Pilgrim Academy
  • Suzette Taylor, teacher, Reagan K-8
  • Mary Thomas, teaching assistant, Blackshear ES
  • Daniel Torres, parent engagement representative, Benbrook ES
  • Alicia Villalobos, attendant, Food Services
  • Carolyn Washington, teaching assistant, Hobby ES

15 years

  • Sarai Barrera, clerk, Cunningham ES
  • Gregory Coker, teacher, Briargrove ES
  • Guillermo Garza, custodian, Construction & Facility Services
  • Eugene Salazar,senior manager, Construction & Facility Services
  • Cuauhtemoc Sandoval, teacher, Barrick ES

10 years

  • Diana Aguirre, teacher, Moreno ES
  • Richmond Akrofi-Mensah, senior HVAC repairer, Construction & Facility Services
  • Karin Atina, teacher, Smith ES
  • Vanessa Gamez, teaching assistant, Looscan ES
  • Chase May, teacher, Roberts ES
  • Vanessa Narvaez, teacher, Ketelsen ES
  • Elaine Reed, teacher, Smith ES
  • Ana Rodriguez, teacher, Rodriguez ES
  • Kenneth Sanders II, teacher, Dowling MS
  • Sarah Tovar, instructional specialist, Laurenzo ECC
  • Zhong Zhuang, press operator, McCarty Printing

5 years

  • Angelica Becerra, custodian, Construction & Facility Services
  • Dennis Bowen, warehouse driver, Food Services
  • Shannon Frazier, teacher specialist, Elmore ES
  • Griselda Garza, custodian, Construction & Facility Services
  • Catalina Gomez-Monsalve, teacher, Coop ES
  • Eugenia Gomez-Warren, teacher, Lyons ES
  • Leonardo Hernandez, tractor operator, Construction & Facility Services
  • Delton Jones, tree pruner, Construction & Facility Services
  • Calvin Justice, warehouse driver, Food Services
  • Matthew Lipp, assistant foreman, Transportation
  • Maria Mejia, custodian, Construction & Facility Services
  • Ivannia Recio, compliance manager, Alternative Certification Program
  • Paola Roldan, teacher, Neff ECC
  • Kassie Saucillo, clerk, Herrera ES
  • Elva Sifuentes, clerk, Piney Point ES
Check back next Friday for more December Milestones. Leave a comment below if you’d like to congratulate any of the above employees.
12 Responses leave one →
  1. Tammy Moore permalink
    December 4, 2014

    When will my name show up? Can you please check on this? Thanks.

  2. Linda Taylor permalink
    December 4, 2014

    Congrats Chandra! It was a pleasure to work with you! I wish you the best in your continued service to the students of HISD.

  3. Lashon Hawkins permalink
    December 5, 2014

    Congraulations Ms.Cynthia!!!

  4. Sylvia Lopez permalink
    December 5, 2014

    Congratulations Cynthia! I’ve known you since 1983 back when everything was paper, and memos were walked from office to office. Do you remember when you use to walk all the forms to the keypunch area to have the data keyed in? Seems so long ago. It’s hard to believe how we functioned with little technology back then. It makes me so happy to see you recognized here. I have not seen you in years but I know you are as dedicated to the children of HISD as you were back then. Again, congratulations! You do not look a day older! Sylvia Lopez (Information Technology)

  5. Maria I Martinez permalink
    December 8, 2014

    I think I completed my 25 yrs. in Nov. but I don’t remember seeing my name listed. Can you please check on this form me. Thanks!!

  6. Debra Cartwright permalink
    December 8, 2014

    I would like to say Congrats to Debra Coleman for 20 years of service to HISD you are the best.

  7. Darlene Lewis permalink
    December 9, 2014

    Congrats Cynthia keep up the good work.

  8. Marcus Graham permalink
    December 9, 2014

    Congrats Everyone!!!! It has only been 1 Year for me, cant wait until my 35th Anniversary

  9. Natalie Adams permalink
    December 31, 2014

    Thank you for the acknowledgment but I am at Sharpstown High School.

    Thank you

    • HISD Communications permalink
      January 5, 2015

      Whoops! Our apologies. That was a typo. Now fixed. Thanks for bringing to our attention.

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