Gerrol Johnson has been selected as the new principal of Charles Hartman Middle School. Johnson began his educational career with HISD as a teacher and coach at Hartman in 1995. He served as an assistant principal for seven years, serving the school and the community for a total of 22 years. Johnson earned a bachelor of science in physical education from Mississippi Valley State University and a masters in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University. He attended the REEP Summer Institute for School Leaders at Rice University and also attended the Leading Exceptional Schools conference at University of Virginia.
Thursday, Feb. 25
- 4 p.m. Ortiz MS (6767 Telephone Rd. 77061)
- 6 p.m. Hartman MS (7111 Westover, 77087)
Saturday, Feb. 27
- 10 a.m. HMWESC (4400 W. 18th St, 77092)
The Houston Independent School District Board of Education is searching for a new superintendent and trustees want input from community members about the qualities and traits they would like to see in their next district leader.
HISD Board of Education President Manuel Rodríguez Jr. and Trustee Diana Dávila have scheduled seven meetings this week to gather feedback from the community that will be used to develop a superintendent candidate profile. The dates and times for additional meetings hosted by other trustees will be announced soon.
Vladimir G. Lopez, a physics teacher at Madison High School, isn’t interested in spoon-feeding his students their lessons.
“Science is a process,” he said, “And you can’t expect anybody to give you the answers. Students have to do the experiments and try new things, because that’s what they’re going to need when they’re doing real science.”
It’s precisely that commitment to cultivating students’ own investigative skills that has made Lopez the first-place winner in KBR’s fifth annual science awards program. The contest was created in 2009 to recognize new and effective models of instruction that emphasize the scientific method and critical thinking skills.
Hundreds of middle and high school students learned about science, technology, engineering, and math careers at a symposium organized by the Gathering of Eagles and the Houston Military Affairs Committee.
A variety of speakers working in STEM-related careers, including a geologist at NASA, encouraged about 375 students in attendance at the Saturday event at Houston Community College Southeast. They came from schools including Austin, Bellaire, Davis, and Milby high schools and Deady, Hartman, Ortiz, and Stevenson middle schools and heard about exploring science and math courses and considering the engineering profession.
A new wing of Hartman Middle School will not benefit only students – the community is also welcome to enjoy some of its new offerings.
Hartman, a health and medical science magnet program, dedicated a new medical wing on Thursday. The area features a hospital lab where students can receive hands-on patient care training and a fitness center that is open to local families.
For as long as anyone can remember, the METRO bus stop beside Hartman Middle School has been little more than an unassuming street corner, a spot where commuters can sit on the dusty curb and dangle their feet in the road while they wait for the bus to arrive. But on Monday, June 3, a group of Hartman Middle School students worked to change that by installing a colorful bench as a part of Mayor Annise Parker’s Love Your Block grant program.