Category Archives: Elementary Schools

Kimberly Kiser named new principal of Grissom Elementary School

Kimberly Kiser

Kimberly Kiser has been selected as the new principal at Grissom Elementary School.  Kiser most recently served as assistant principal at Kate Smith Elementary School. She began her career in 2006 as a 1st grade teacher at Martinez Elementary. In 2008, she moved to Smith and has held had various roles including teacher, writing specialist, interventionist, instructional specialist, and teacher specialist. 

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Justin Ritsema named new principal of DeAnda Elementary School

Justin Ritsema

Justin Ritsema has been selected as the new principal at DeAnda Elementary School.  Ritsema most recently served as assistant principal at Mandarin Immersion Magnet School. He began his career in 2009 as a 5th grade teacher at Northline Elementary. He has served as a Teacher Development Specialist and also as an Assistant Principal at Mitchell and Briargrove Elementary. 

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Alvaro Montelongo Jr. named new principal of Berry Elementary School

Alvaro Montelongo Jr. has been selected as the new principal for Berry Elementary School. Montelongo has been an educator for 14 years and has served in HISD as a math coach, instructional specialist, assistant principal, and for the last three years as Principal of Looscan Elementary. Montelongo began his career at Santa Fe High School before joining HISD.

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HISD campuses prepare for new school year with recruitment campaigns

As schools across Houston Independent School District prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, several campuses are using billboards to spread the message about their unique programs.

With taglines like “helping students succeed beyond academics” and “Game Changers,” the billboards tout each school’s individual characteristics and encourage surrounding communities to enroll their students in the schools.

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Nurses of the Month honored at Sterling HS and Southmayd ES

As the sound of drums reverberated off the walls of the lobby at Sterling Aviation High School, Nurse Veronica Myers instantly knew this wasn’t going to be a typical morning.

As she was cheered on by that school’s cheerleading squad, Myers was surprised with the Secondary Nurse of the Month award for May. With more than 50 nominations from Sterling’s faculty and staff, Myers was a standout nominee for the recognition.

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Associate teachers at Madison HS, Ross ES recognized

Miguel Garcia thought he was in trouble.

As he heard his name over the all-school announcement at Madison High School on Thursday morning, followed by a “please come to the front office immediately,” Garcia assumed the worst.

But the real reason behind the announcement was that he was named the Achieve 180 Dedicated Associate Teacher of the Month for May.

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Jennifer Pettit named new principal of Gregg Elementary School

Jennifer Pettit has been selected as the new principal at Gregg Elementary School. Pettit most recently served as assistant principal at Shearn Elementary School.

She began her career in 2006 as a kindergarten teacher at Alcott Elementary School. Pettit was promoted to a teacher specialist at Shearn Elementary School. In 2017, she became an assistant principal at Shearn. She earned her Bachelor of Science  in Psychology from the University of Houston and her Master of Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix.