Gina R. Wilkins has been selected as the new principal of Woodson Elementary School. Wilkins began her career in HISD as a dedicated substitute. With 24 years of service in education, she has served as a teacher, magnet coordinator, and assistant principal. Most recently she served as the Dean of Instruction at Woodson and Foerster Elementary Schools. Wilkins received a dual bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Government Services from Texas Woman’s University. She continued her education at Texas Southern University, where she earned a Master of Science in Child and Family Development. Wilkins also successfully completed the Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program.
Mesha Greene has been appointed principal of Woodson Leadership Academy. Ms. Greene served as principal of Fain Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia, for the past five years. Prior to this position, she served as a district model teacher leader, collaborating with K-8 teachers throughout the district to strengthen their math practices. She also served as assistant principal, instructor of gifted and talented students, and middle-grades math teacher. Ms. Greene began teaching in 2000 as a seventh-grade math teacher at Woodland Middle School in Fulton County Public Schools, Fulton, Georgia, and was identified as an exemplary teacher.
Ms. Greene earned a bachelor of science in Finance from University of West Georgia. She has a master’s of Middle Grades Mathematics Education and an Educational Specialist Degree in Middle Grades Education from Mercer University. She is currently completing her doctorate of philosophy in Educational Leadership from Mercer University.
Students whose families move during the middle of the school year are being allowed to stay at their “home school,” or the one they enrolled in at the beginning of the academic year, thanks to a innovative HISD program called Home Field Advantage. Since May 2014, schools involved in the program have seen their overall mobility rate drop by an average of 10 percentage points.
During his State of the Schools address last February, HISD Superintendent Terry Grier promised to create a program to build educational stability among highly mobile students. Subsequently, students at 13 elementary schools, where roughly 30 percent of families move in any given year, were offered transportation to their “home” school, even if their parents moved. Continue reading
If you’ve never seen the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition sponsored by Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP in Houston, you’re in for a treat.
Every year since 1996, fourth- and fifth-graders from two dozen HISD schools have competed in this annual contest, which challenges students to write and present a short original speech on a subject related to the slain civil rights leader. The topic this year is, “If Dr. King were speaking at a March on Washington today, what would he say?”