Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off September 15 and runs through October 15.
District wide, Hispanic descendants are honored by having schools carry their namesake allowing their rich history to live on.
HISD has 22 schools that recognize the contributions of Hispanic civic and community leaders who range from educators and civil servants to local restaurateurs, newscasters, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, and even Nobel Prize-winners.
We invite you to visit our blog each week throughout Hispanic Heritage Month as we will feature more schools who carry on these important legacies.
Avisay Cerda has been selected as the new principal of Davila Elementary School. Cerda began her career in HISD 23 years ago at Rucker Elementary School as a teacher assistant. She then went on to obtain her certification as a bilingual teacher. From 2003-2019, she worked at Park Place Elementary School serving in many roles. Her dedicated work turned Park Place into an A rated campus with six academic distinctions. Last year, she was invited to join Davila as a campus administrator and helped implement a campus wide system for Response to Intervention and provide instructional support. Cerda earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies at UH-Clear Lake and holds a master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.
Berzayda Ochoa has been selected as the new principal of Davila Elementary School. Ms. Ochoa just completed her fourth year as dean of instruction at Navarro Middle School, previously known as Jackson Middle School. She began her educational career in HISD in 2007 as a bilingual elementary school teacher. Ms. Ochoa, who is a graduate of HISD schools, holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Lamar University.
HISD is expanding its successful dual language program to 21 more campuses in 2015–2016, launching thousands of additional pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students on the road to learning a second language. Currently, 31 HISD schools offer a Spanish dual language program.
Starting in August, kindergarten students — and pre-kindergarten students, at some schools — will be learning in both English and Spanish. One grade will be added to the program each year until it reaches school-wide.
“Think about what truly makes you unique,” said Krueger-Miller. “There are so many phenomenal educators. How are you different? How do you add to your kids’ lives and the field as a whole?” Continue reading →