Priscilla Rivas named new principal of Kinder HSPVA

Priscilla Rivas
Priscilla Rivas

Dr. Priscilla Rivas is the new principal for Kinder HSPVA. Rivas is an experienced educator and artist. She joined Houston ISD in 2005 as a teacher at Herrera and then Memorial Elementary Schools.  Rivas proceeded to serve as an assistant principal at Browning and principal at Crockett which serves a robust elementary performing and visual arts program. Rivas is also a performing artist, artistic director, and teacher for dance and visual arts with a passion for making the arts accessible to all. 

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Luis Sabillón named new principal of Coop Elementary School

Luis Sabillón has been selected as the new principal of Coop Elementary School. Sabillón currently serves as a Dean of Instruction for Marshall Academy of Fine Arts. During his tenure at Marshall, he oversaw LPAC, Special Education, IAT, PLCs, and lead the ELA and Math Departments. He began his educational career at Brookline Elementary as a classroom teacher and served as an Early Childhood Teacher Specialist.

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Maria Dolores Perejón-Lasheras named new principal of Clifton Middle School

Maria Dolores “Lola” Perejón-Lasheras has been selected as the new principal of Clifton Middle School.  Perejón-Lasheras has served as a teacher, instructional specialist, curriculum specialist in the HISD Curriculum Department, magnet coordinator, assistant principal, and for the last five years as Principal of Helms Elementary. At Helms, she was instrumental in that school’s rise from an “improvement required” status to meet the standard with a “B” rating.   In October 2019, she was awarded the Excellence in Leadership Award and was named 2021 HISD Elementary Principal of the Year. 

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HISD Athletics to host roundtable of coaches and teachers

Nearly two dozen current and former Houston Independent School District coaches and one former NFL player will share their experiences on the field and in the classroom as part of a roundtable discussion.

The purpose of the roundtable is to mentor coaches and teachers throughout the district, and foster relationships between staff. The event will take place on Thursday, June 17, at 10 a.m. at Delmar Field House.

Included in the roundtable:

  • Tom Nolen, retired Lamar High School football coach
  • James Duffer, retired Milby High School basketball coach
  • Rocky Manuel, retired Bellaire High School baseball coach
  • Garry Dunham, retired Kashmere High School football coach
  • Ray Seals, retired Madison High School football coach
  • Alaina Turner, former Westside High School basketball coach
  • Michael Kramer, retired Bellaire High School golf coach
  • Greg Wise, Yates High School basketball and golf coach
  • Cornell Gray, Furr High School football and track coach
  • Michael Froenlich, Westside High School wrestling coach
  • Andrew Blanks, Westbury High School track coach
  • Fidel Andrade, Wisdom High School soccer coach
  • Nicole Harris, Sam Houston Math Science and Technology Center High School athletic coordinator and coach
  • Ralph Barreras, Heights High School basketball coach
  • Cirilo Ojeda, Sharpstown High School football coach
  • Aracely Adams, Furr High School Volleyball and cross country coach
  • Rhonda Rogers, Barnett Stadium manager and former Scarborough High School basketball, volleyball and track coach
  • Bruce Glover, Bellaire High School basketball coach
  • Stephen Dixon, Heights High School football coach
  • Debbie Crockett, Chavez High School softball coach
  • David Munoz, Lamar High School baseball coach
  • Kanavis McGhee, Sterling High School football coach
  • Lindsay Cobbs, Henry Middle School track and field coach

HISD Board of Education names Millard House II as permanent superintendent

The Houston ISD Board of Education voted unanimously to name Millard House II as permanent superintendent of the largest public school district in Texas.

Mr. House most recently served as superintendent of the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) in Tennessee. He is a 26-year educator who started as a physical education teacher then went on to hold positions as chief operating officer and superintendent.

The Board of Education named House as superintendent after an extensive process of gathering stakeholder input, a nationwide search that included a diverse pool of applicants, and a comprehensive interview process of the top candidates.  Trustees named Mr. House as their lone finalist on May 21, but state law requires a 21-day waiting period before signing a contract. 

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Bellaire HS celebrates record-breaking nine valedictorians at graduation

As the sun set over Delmar Stadium, 10 graduating seniors clad in bright red caps and gowns took the stage to introduce a special video making its debut at Bellaire High School’s graduation.

The seven-minute video introduced the school’s record-breaking nine valedictorians and salutatorian to the hundreds gathered for the ceremony and recapped key moments over the past four years.

“I think we can all agree it’s been one hell of a year,” said Valedictorian Wenson Tang, who opened the video from a table at The Teahouse Tapioca and Tea near the cardinal campus. “From COVID-19 and online school to snow and the Texas freeze, from political drama to social reform, 2021 is not a year to forget.”

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Student success bolstered by dedicated parents

As East Early College High School seniors clad in black caps and gowns paraded into Dyer Stadium, they were met with applause and shouts of praise from families and friends.

The seniors were gathered for their commencement ceremony and proud mom Josefina Zuniga wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

“A parent wants the best for their child,” she said, cheering as her daughter, Ashley Quintero, stepped onto the field and made her way to her seat.

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Sky is the limit for first Black female pilot at Sterling HS in 16 years

The engine is the heart of the plane, but the pilot is its soul.

This rings true for Sterling Aviation Early College High School graduate Tryniti Ernest, the first Black female to graduate from the school with a pilot’s license in 16 years.

Ranked fifth in her class and serving as student body vice president, Ernest soars high above the rest walking away with not only her diploma and pilot’s license, but also the $2,500 Superintendent’s Scholars Award.

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HISD Police Department’s K-9 Bjorn has received donation of body armor

Houston ISD Police Department’s K-9 Bjorn has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K-9 Bjorn’s vest was embroidered with “In honor of Haley’s 21st Birthday.”

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Wisdom High School senior offers a peek into graduation day

Producing a yearbook is never an easy task.

But for Leslee Cruz—a senior at Wisdom High School and editor of that school’s yearbook—the 2020-2021 school yearbook was harder than ever. Chronicling a school year with masked smiles, six feet of distance, virtual learning, and all the other interruptions the school year had was a unique—and difficult—task to undertake.

“With the yearbook, it was a lot of taking control because I was the leader and having to tell everyone how to move forward. It was definitely a bit suffocating at times when all I had was my computer and my room,” she said. “But it was good to have that because it kept me focused on school.”

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