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Employees recognized during Dec. 11 central office meetings

2014 December 11
by HISD Communications

Superintendent Terry Grier recognized almost two dozen employees with Team HISD hats recently for their exceptional service and dedication. Those honored during the district’s regular central office staff meetings on Dec. 10 were:

  • Sgt. Frank Davis, HISD Police Dept., for taking on the additional responsibility of supervising the northeast part of the district while a fellow sergeant was out on sick leave.
  • Alfred Hoskins, Construction & Facility Services, for his prompt and tireless work overseeing more than 300 facilities and leading a team of more than 700 employees.
  • Gwendolyn Johnson, Health & Medical Services, for her leadership and being named the 2014 Texas School Nurse Administrator of the Year.
  • Caroline Becker, Marisa Hartling, Elisheia Hatcher, Amanda Ponder, William Thomas, Audrey Torres, Secondary English Language Arts Curriculum, for their commitment to the Read Houston Read program as volunteers.
  • Julia Amponsah-Gilder, Sharon Bauknight, Beryl Broom, Leng Fritsche, Betty Garcia-Hill, Shirley Holman, Student Assessment, for coordinating a unique partnership with the campus across the street for Read Houston Read.
  • Beth “Renée” Zuelke, Career and Technical Education, for her leadership in correcting issues within the program, which led to it being taken off the Texas Education Agency’s oversight list.
  • Pat Sykes, Transportation, for serving as the administrative assistant, customer service representative, and special events coordinator for her department.
  • Yu-Ting Chang, Victoria Mosier, Jennifer O’Brien, Laurie Zimmerman, Research & Accountability, for working with principals and teachers to help them navigate the ASPIRE Award program and answer questions.
  • George Perez, Budgeting & Financial Planning, for playing a critical role in the release of Online Position Management, taking an antiquated paper process and converting it to a streamlined online system.
  • Priscilla Martinez, Business Operations, for successfully transforming the service culture in Business Operations through robust training and orientation programs for its 7,000 employees.

Dr. Grier also took time out to thank the more than 130 employees who heeded the call to make a needy child’s holiday a little brighter this season by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to one of the meetings. The toys will be distributed through the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign.

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  1. Sherry Taijeron permalink
    December 12, 2014

    Congratulations to all – your dedication and service is truly admired! I most especially want to send a proud shout out to Ms. Pat Sykes. As a new employee and resident to Houston she has made my transition to H.I.S.D. a BLESSING! She has a true heart with a warm smile – THANK YOU Ms. PAT SYKES 🙂

    Sherry Taijeron
    Transportation – Truck Service Center

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