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Teacher shares knowledge of service-learning with other schools

2013 October 31
by HISD Communications

Victoria Syes

This week’s Shout Out goes to Victoria Syes, a journalism teacher at Yates High School, for her ability to create service-learning opportunities for young people and her willingness to share that knowledge with others.

“In 2011, she helped develop ‘Serving Sunnyside: Celebrating the Spirit of Thanksgiving’ with students at Worthing High School, which was recognized by the district’s Board of Education, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Honor Society,” said Syes’ colleague, student caseworker Craig Zeno. “And this school year, she spearheaded projects for two other high schools: ‘Healthy People, Healthy Minds and Healthy Communities’ for South Early College High School, and ‘Celebrating Third Ward through the Spirit of Giving’ for Yates High School.”

Zeno, who dubbed Syes a “guru” for her talent in obtaining funding for service projects, noted that The Meadows Foundation Charitable Schools Program has already agreed to fund the last two projects described above.

For her part, Syes says that she “learned how to build capacity as a change agent” when she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in 2003. “I’ve also learned that when you have knowledge…then you share that knowledge with others,” she said.

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5 Responses leave one →
  1. Rennette Lucien permalink
    November 1, 2013

    We, at JACK YATES HIGH SCHOOL, are proud of our Journalism Teacher, Victoria Syes as she has stepped forward to help bring change to our campus here in 3rd Ward since she is NO LONGER at E. E. Worthing High School 😉

    • HISD Communications permalink
      November 1, 2013

      Whoops! Thanks so much for pointing out the error. Now corrected!

    • Majorie permalink
      November 4, 2013

      Yes, Jack Yates, you all took one of our good ones. Enjoy her and treat her well.

  2. Majorie permalink
    November 1, 2013

    Alright Ms. Syes! You go girl! You are a Black Girl who ROCKS!

  3. Mrs. Rambo permalink
    November 1, 2013

    She is trully missed’ I enjoyed helping her serve the Sunny Side Familys a Thanksgiving Dinner here this year at E.E. Worthing..


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