Ericka Austin has been selected as the new principal of High School Ahead Academy. Austin began her career supporting school improvement in Haiti designing outreach programs for students living in group homes, followed by a teaching career in Arlington, Texas. At HISD, she has served as a teacher specialist and a data-driven instructional specialist. Austin was a part of the leadership team at Marshall Elementary that successfully moved to a met standard rating. She has also held leadership roles at High School Ahead and Booker T. Washington High School. Austin earned her bachelor’s degree at University of Central Arkansas and a Master of Business Administration from University of Arkansas.
Seven schools in the Houston Independent School District will receive 10,000 books because of a generous donation from Neuhaus Education Center. The announcement was made today at the 3 Men Movers Warehouse on the Southwest Freeway. Neuhaus Education Center received the books as part of the H-E-B Read 3 campaign.
This afternoon, 3 Men Movers will deliver the books to Bonham Elementary, Garcia Elementary, Whidby Elementary, Gregory-Lincoln Elementary, Kashmere Gardens Elementary, High School Ahead Academy, and Worthing High School.
Several campuses plan to use the books to enhance their library collections, while others will use the books to supplement classroom libraries. One school will also give some of the books to students to encourage summer reading.
“This generous donation of books will enhance the literacy of hundreds of HISD students”, said Dr. Alicia Thomas, HISD Deputy Chief Academic Officer. “One of the greatest gifts you can give a child is to teach them at an early age the importance of reading every day.”
Since 1980, Neuhaus Education Center (NEC) has been dedicated to the prevention of reading failure and provides teachers professional development in research-based methods of literacy instruction. Nearly 7,000 HISD teachers have received training at NEC on literacy intervention strategies. Principals and teacher development specialists have also attended the professional development sessions.
The H-E-B Read 3 campaign was the brainchild of H-E-B CEO and Chairman, Charles Butt, a strong advocate for public education. H-E-B launched the Read 3 program as part of its continued efforts to strengthen education in Houston and throughout the state.
H-E-B Read 3 is committed to helping parents shape a child’s mind by encouraging them to read to their children three times a week. H-E-B’s goal is to collect 1 million books for children in need.