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Principals honor Superintendent for leadership during Harvey

Carranza and COO Brian Busby surprised at monthly principals meeting

HISD Superintendent of Schools Richard Carranza surprised all district principals with a special ‘”HISD Strong” award at their monthly leadership meeting on Oct. 4, but then school leaders turned the surprise back on him.

While in the midst of being honored by Carranza for her efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Scarborough Elementary Principal Miriam Medina invited a group of fellow school leaders to the front of the board auditorium. The group then announced to the superintendent and Chief Operating Officer Brian Busby that they were awarding the two of them for their leadership during and after the storm.

“Speaking for myself and the group up here, I appreciate our Superintendent and Mr. Busby for their ability to take in all the information including the federal information from FEMA, the state, and local decisions being made at a moment’s notice and then distribute it to us,” said Bellaire High School Principal Mike McDonough, one of nearly a dozen principals who gathered at the front of the board auditorium.

The group, made up of leaders from campuses who had a delayed first day of school because of the storm, thanked Carranza and Busby for their for their strength, support, and commitment to HISD students, staff, and schools impacted by the storm.

“They made sure to make decisions with the help of us, the principals, and included our expertise and knowledge of our school communities,” McDonough said. “We appreciate it.”

Carranza, who was genuinely surprised by the award presentation, thanked the crowd and said the best was yet to come.

“This city cannot survive and this city cannot be a world class city without Houston ISD,” Carranza said. “HISD is the best school district in the state, and we are going to make sure everyone knows it!”


Retirees honored for years of service

Over 350 members of Team HISD praised for dedication to Houston’s children

Teachers, principals, and district support staff retiring from HISD were honored for their years of service at a special ceremony on May 11. More than 350 members of Team HISD are choosing to retire this school year. Many, like Madesta Lily, have served the district and its children for decades.

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Transportation manager credited for saving bus driver’s life

Northwest Terminal Area Manager Terriel Price

Northwest Terminal Area Manager Terriel Price

When HISD bus driver Liliam Lemus fell ill shortly after returning from her route on Monday, Northwest Motor Pool Area Manager Terriel Price jumped into action.

Relying on training provided by HISD Transportation Services, Price performed CPR after Lemus stopped breathing.

“We called first responders and her relatives to let them know what was going on,” Price said. “While I had 911 on the phone, that’s when I performed CPR.”

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HISD to Announce 2013 Teachers of the Year

Twenty-two elementary and secondary teachers among finalists

Teachers from all 276 HISD schools, including the 22 finalists for the districtwide teacher of the year award, will be at the annual HISD Celebration of Excellence today at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

HISD will announce the two 2013 Teachers of the Year, and each winner will receive $5,000, a plaque, and a custom made ring from Herff Jones Graduation Center. The principals, assistant principals, first-year principal and first-year teachers of the year and employees of the month will also be recognized.

Click here to read more about the 22 finalists for Teacher of the Year.

Who:  HISD Board of Education Trustees, HISD Superintendent Terry Grier, principals, teachers and staff

What:  Team HISD Celebration of Excellence ceremony honoring the 2013 Teachers of the Year

When:  Tuesday, May 21 at 6p.m.

Where:  George R. Brown Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston

Team HISD Honorees to Walk the Red Carpet

Teachers of the year from all 276 HISD schools will walk the red carpet on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at the annual HISD Celebration of Excellence at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Joining them will be the 22 finalists for the districtwide teacher of the year, along with the beginning teachers of the year, the principals and assistant principals of the year, first-year principals of the year and the employees of the month.

Even if you are not planning to attend, you can catch live coverage on Facebook. We’ll be taking and posting photos of attendees in their snazziest duds on the red carpet, so be sure to like us at facebook.com/houstonisd.

You can read more about the 22 finalists for Teacher of the Year by clicking here. If you don’t have access to Facebook, read about the finalists on Pinterest.

UPDATE: See who won and check out pictures from the red carpet.

Team HISD is Hiring – Early Application Deadline is March 18

HISD currently has openings for motivated teachers who are invested in making an impact on student achievement.  To attract the best candidates, we are currently accepting early applications for the 2013-2014 school year. The deadline for the early application round is March 18, 2013. We are continuing to access applications for the 2012-2013 school year.

While vacancies exist in all areas, the highest need for teachers exists in critical shortage areas including bilingual (Spanish), secondary Spanish, secondary math, secondary science and specific areas in special education.

To get started, click here and follow the directions to start your application for employment with HISD today! Candidates who apply early will have the best chance of securing contracts for the 2013-2014 school year.

For more information about a teaching career at HISD, visit the teacher recruitment page by clicking here.

Team HISD is still hiring for the 2012 – 2013 school year

HISD still has openings for the 2012-2013 school year.  We are looking for motivated teachers who are invested in making an impact on student achievement.

 $5000 incentives are currently available for teachers in critical shortage areas including:

Bilingual (Spanish), Spanish, secondary math, secondary science, and special education areas such as Autism, Life skills, Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities, DeafEd, and Behavior Support. 

The annual teacher salary at HISD begins at $45,887, and salary offers depend on educational credentials and prior work experience.  HISD offers a comprehensive benefits package to teachers, including medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance; flexible spending account options; and vacation time.

 Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree, hold valid Texas teaching certification (or reciprocal out-of-state certification), and pass a background check. We are committed to diversity in our hiring and employment practices and encourage all qualified candidates to apply.  

We are offering a $75 referral award for critical shortage teachers hired for this year’s vacancies!

Please help us spread the word that there’s never been a better time to teach in HISD.  If you know someone who shares our vision, please let our recruitment team know by completing a brief online form.  If your referral is hired, you will be eligible to receive a $75 award per referral for assisting us in our vision.

 We believe that an effective teacher in every HISD classroom is critical to ensuring a bright future for our city.  To apply to teach with our district, please visit HISD’s Teacher Recruitment page by clicking here.

HISD Honors Two Teachers of the Year for 2011-2012

Teachers of the Year Brian Gaston from Hogg Middle School and Ashley Monteil from Lyons Elementary School. Click here to see more photos from the event.

The 2011-2012 Houston Independent School District teachers of the year were announced tonight during the Team HISD Celebration of Excellence ceremony at the Hiltons Americas Hotel.  Lyons Elementary school teacher Ashley Monteil and Hogg Middle school teacher Brian Gaston were selected among 11,000 HISD teachers.

Monteil teaches second- and fourth-grade students at Lyons Elementary school. She was also nominated for Houston Area Association of Bilingual Education English as a Second Language Teacher of the Year. Monteil is a member of the gifted and talented committee which helps selects students for the gifted and talented program and she is also an active board member for Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts. Monteil’s colleagues say she is committed to educating the whole child with a focus on their growth, achievement, and character.

Gaston teaches social studies and U.S. History at Hogg Middle school and was recently named asa finalist for the Sue Lehman Award for Excellence. Gaston serves as the History Department content chairperson and is a member of the school’s Shared Decision Making Committee. He also serves as an advisor for Student Council and coaches the school’s speech and debate team. Gaston says he enjoys helping youth become effective communicators while helping them build their self-esteem and confidence.

The winners received $5,000, a plaque, and a custom made ring. The HISD Foundation and the Herff Jones Graduation Center were sponsors for this year’s ceremony.

President of the HISD Board of Education Michael Lunceford and Superintendent Terry Grier recognized the honorees at tonight’s ceremony.  

“These teachers are just a glimpse of all of the talent that we have in our schools,” Lunceford said. 

Dr. Grier said the teachers honored Thursday exemplify HISD’s efforts to place an effective teacher in every classroom. “The teachers that we’re honoring truly represent what this event is all about,” Dr. Grier said.  “This celebration is one of the ways HISD strives every day to have an effective teacher in every classroom.”

Here are the other nominees for the 2011-2012 Elementary Teacher of the Year :

• Ana Lentz –Pilgrim Academy

• Nanette Musters – Mark Twain Elementary School

• Selene Rogers – Windsor Village Elementary School

• Maria Godoy – Port Houston Elementary School

• Lindsey MacLeod – Oak Forest Elementary School

• Benjamin Glover – Gallegos Elementary School

• Susan (Kim) O’Reilly – Roberts Elementary School

• Alaster Gaines – Crawford-Sherman Elementary School

• Cecily Stevens – The School at St. George Place

• Martha Garcia – Herrera Elementary School

• Ernie Bainbridge – Walnut Bend Elementary School

The Secondary Teacher of the Year Nominees for 2011-2012

• Timothy Daponte – Reagan High School

• Qian Zhang – DeBakey High School

• Tarhonda Greer – Jones High School

• Modesto Mendoza – Devry/CLC

• Mildred Williams – Hope Academy

• Margarita Castro – Madison High School

• Darryl Tricksey – Fondren Middle School

• Neda Khan – Black Middle School

• Camula Stanfield – Pershing Middle School

 Each nominee submitted seven essays highlighting their professional history, philosophy of teaching, trends in education, personal teaching style, community involvement, and professional development.  Various committees reviewed the entries and selected elementary and secondary teachers as finalists.