Special To Welcome Home
On December 14,2016 two NEISD campuses welcomed Major Evan Chung of the United States Army as part of a surprise reunion with his two sons; Trey Wilson a sixth-grade student at Lopez Middle School and Hunter Chung a tenth-grade student at Reagan High School. Major Chung’s nephew, Ryan Bush, was in the same class as Hunter when Major Chung arrived. The students had no idea that their father and uncle had returned after a 6-month deployment in Afghanistan. Major Chung had been serving his third tour overseas. Surprising his two sons and nephew in front of their fellow classmates kicked-off his return to the United States and the holidays with his family. Major Chung’s wife, Nickola Wilson-Chung, a Retired Major in the Army was in on the big surprise for her sons and nephew. Major Chung has served in the military for 19 years. Welcome Home would like to thank Major Chung and his family for their years of service and dedication.
Special To Welcome Home
January was great time to focus on the crucial role an elected board of trustees plays in our communities and schools. The North East ISD Board of Trustees is made up of seven community leaders. They receive no pay for their dedicated efforts. They not only volunteer their time and effort for our local schools, but they also speak up for our system of public education on a statewide level. These public servants sit through meetings, read detailed reports, listen to parents’ concerns, and do the hard work to benefit the students and the community at large. They bring a variety of skills and backgrounds to their task, and they take their responsibilities seriously. The whole community benefits from their vigilance in providing good schools. Each January, we pause in our regular activities to say thank you to these dedicated volunteers. We appreciate their generous sharing of time and energy on behalf of our children and our communities. Local school board members are an all-star team, focused on our schools.
Join us is saying thank you to our All-Star Team!
Shannon Grona, President, District 5
Brigitte Perkins, Vice President, District 7
Sandy Hughey, Secretary, District 1
Tony Jaso, Trustee, District 6
Jim Wheat, Trustee, District 4
Edd White, Trustee, District 2
Sandi Wolff, Trustee, District 3
Submitted By Ida Nunez
Mrs. Kelli Samples was selected as the Teacher of the Year and Ms. Deb Martilla was selected as Trinity Prize winner, both for the 2016-2017 school year. They both have been at Stone Oak for quite a while and are both passionate educators who love what they do. Ms. Martilla is the Librarian and Mrs. Samples is a 2nd grade teacher.
One would often see Ms. Martilla wearing costumes and hats around the library and especially when reading to students. Ms. Martilla coordinates the school website, a technology club (TNT) that has students deliver laptop carts to teachers who check them out, and organizes the morning video announcements (Bobcat Crew). Ms. Martilla also organizes and hosts the annual Battle of the Books competition and organizes author presentations twice a year. She also assists during testing by serving as a test administrator. If you can’t find her in the library it is because she is helping a teacher out in her classroom.
Mrs. Samples is one of the most positive teachers on campus. She always has a smile on her face and is willing to help anyone out. When you walk into her classroom, you can tell instantly that she loves her students and would do anything for them. She is very sweet and compassionate. Mrs. Samples also serves on many campus committees. Congratulations to these two fantastic educators at Stone Oak Elementary!