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HISD announces 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year finalists, Beginning Teacher of the Year winners

Twelve educators have been named as HISD’s 2020-2021 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year finalists, and two teachers have been named the Beginning Teachers of the Year.

The two Teacher of the Year winners will go on to represent the district in Region IV. The 12 finalists were selected from all 280 schools based on performance data and other criteria.

At the elementary level, the six Teacher of the Year finalists are:

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Christina Aguirre-Oliva named new principal of Ketelsen ES

Christina Aguirre-Oliva is the new principal of Ketelsen Elementary School. She has been in public education for 24 years, all of which have been with HISD. Aguirre-Oliva began her career in education as a third grade ESL teacher at Wainwright Elementary School. She also worked as an assistant principal at Scarborough High School and the Mandarin Immersion Magnet School. Most recently, Aguirre-Oliva served as the principal of Wainwright Elementary School. An HISD alumni, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Houston and a master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Library Science.

Shelene Livas named new principal of Ketelsen Elementary School

 (Milton Durango)Shelene Livas has been selected as the new principal of Ketelsen Elementary School. She began her career with HISD in 1999 as a fifth-grade bilingual teacher at Cunningham Elementary School. While at Cunningham, she received the Teacher of the Year and Bilingual Teacher of the Year awards. Livas has also served as an instructional specialist at Pat Neff Elementary School and worked as an elementary interdisciplinary instructional coach for Spring Branch ISD. Most recently, Livas served as the sixth-grade dean at Frank Black Middle School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Ohio State University, a master’s degree from the University of Houston in Educational Administration and Supervision, and a REEP Business Fellowship for School Leaders from Rice University.

HISD Police announce art contest winners

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The Houston Independent School District Police Department has announced the winners of the third annual Police Appreciation Week art contest.

Fifth-grade artists were encouraged to showcase their talents with the department’s K-9 unit as the theme. Participants also explored other themes, including the importance of law enforcement and the different types of police officers.

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Ketelsen ES educator named 2016-17 Bilingual Teacher of the Year  

Janet Rodarte

“If I can do it, you can, too!” That’s what Janet Rodarte tells her fifth-grade students at Ketelsen Elementary when one of them is on the verge of giving up.

She tells them her story, about being the daughter of two immigrants from Acuna, Coahuila, and stepping into the classroom speaking only Spanish, to let them know she understands.

“As the daughter of two immigrants who came to the United States for a better life, I know that if you have the mentality to succeed, you will,” Rodarte says.  Continue reading

HISD, Houston Public Library create virtual library card for students

The Learning Link allows students to access library resources at school and home

The Houston Independent School District announced on Monday with the Houston Public Library that every HISD student can now access numerous library resources at school and home through a new virtual library card known as the Learning Link.

Through the Learning Link, students will have free, 24/7 access to the Houston Public Library’s assortment of books and resources at any library location, and at school and home through the district’s HUB, HISD’s online teaching and learning platform. Students can use a laptop, tablet or smart phone to access more than one million books, e-books, magazines and research materials, as well as online resources and complimentary Wi-Fi. All HISD students will be automatically enrolled in the program and can use their student ID as their library account number to access these resources. Continue reading

Music students showcased at State of the Schools 2015

Guests at HISD’s 2015 State of the Schools luncheon got a side order of entertainment with their meal. Westside High School’s Wind Ensemble of 35 students provided music throughout the program under the guiding hand of Conductor Joey Brunson, and students from 19 HISD elementary schools sang the national anthem.

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