Skip to content

Going the extra mile for our students and stakeholders

2013 February 20
by HISD Communications

Dr. Grier with Marsha Clark after receiving her hat.

HISD is full of employees who go out of their way to make sure other people’s lives go just a little bit more smoothly—and I had the honor of recognizing three of them with “Team HISD” hats at today’s quarterly central office staff meetings.

The first was Marsha Clark in our Board Services office. For years, she has been one of the first people visitors meet at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, but recently, she took on a new role. Now, when people sign up to address the trustees at regular board meetings, Marsha lines them up, coaches first-time speakers, and even offers last-minute instructions. She is already known for treating everyone with kindness, dignity, and respect—but that extra little bit of care is her personal hallmark—and sometimes, it’s just what the doctor ordered to help our guests feel more at ease.

Dr. Grier with James Williams and Shawndra Johnson after receiving their hats.

The other two hat recipients were Shawndra Johnson and James Williams. When they noticed that many of the young people they worked with were hungry, these two caseworkers took it upon themselves to line up food donations for at-risk students who had places to stay, but nothing to eat. You can read more about their efforts here, in the Shout-Outs section of the last Friday eNews. I talk a lot about how HISD’s dropout rate is lower now than ever, and that’s not just a coincidence. It’s because of the hard work of our employees, like Shawndra and James.

Please join me in thanking all of these employees for their commitment to Team HISD and to Houston’s children.

Comments are closed.