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
The North East ISD Administrative Training Program graduated 20 future leaders at the August Regular Board Meeting on August 8. Executive directors of school administration Joe Reasons, Jane Jensen, and Bill Boyd spent countless hours with this group of administrative interns, as part of the training program.
The graduates spent the year learning from each other, and learning from the principals in their schools. This real-world setting allowed them to explore a variety of practical and philosophical topics several times a month. Most importantly, these graduates took the time to hear from District administrators to learn the “North East” way, and from outside consultants, who have spoken on topics such as stress management and developing individual leadership styles.
All the administrative interns work on the important project of creating the NEISD Administrative Calendar. Each intern was called up to receive their Certificate of Achievement. These young educators are proof that NEISD will be in good hands in the future.
For the 2016-2017 school year, the District will be working with approximately 37 new interns and NEISD is looking forward to presenting them to the Board of Trustees next month.
The following 2015-2016 Administrative Interns were presented to the Board for graduation from the Administrative Training Program:
Anthony Allen, Assistant Principal at Ed White Middle School
Michael Amaya, Instructional Coach at Wood Middle School
Lydia Aranda, 5th grade ESL Teacher at Harmony Hills Elementary School
James Bills, 5th grade Teacher at Northwood Elementary School
Thomas Brooks, Assistant Principal at Roosevelt High School
Kimberly Charles, Assistant Principal at Harmony Hills Elementary School
Michele De La Garza, Assistant Principal at Tejeda Middle School
Thomas Erwin, Psychology/Government Teacher/Tennis Coach at Churchill High School
Dr. Patricia Garcia, AI Itinerant Teacher at Oak Meadow Elementary School
Delia Gauna, 4th grade Dual Language Teacher at Stone Oak Elementary School
Osana Gonzalez, Assistant Principal at Roosevelt High School
Sarah Hesles, 5th grade Teacher at Tuscany Heights Elementary School
Sarah Hinojosa, Assistant Principal at Lee High School
Shannon Kalisky, Assistant Principal at Royal Ridge Elementary School
Ida Nunez, Assistant Principal at Stone Oak Elementary School
Sean Reno, Assistant Principal at Johnson High School
Lenida Spurlock, Assistant Principal at Reagan High School
Ericka Stevens, Science Instructional Coach at Nimitz Middle School
Maria Tovar, Assistant Principal at Jackson-Keller Elementary School
Brooke Tribbey, English Teacher at Bush Middle School
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, North East ISD staff members attended a round-table discussion with State Senator José Menéndez. This event was organized by The South Texas Counseling Association. The round-table discussion provided an opportunity to meet and visit with Senator Menendez and to share with him input for his proposed legislation, “David’s Law.” NEISD personnel along with local counselors, school districts, university professors, therapists, and agencies discussed how “David’s Law” might impact their work with students.
The visit also allowed NEISD to potentially have an impact on the upcoming legislative session. State Senator José Menéndez is planning to file David’s Law in the 2017 legislative session with the intent to update anti-bullying laws and the incorporation of policies that address cyberbullying.
“Our laws need to keep pace with evolving technology,” said Melendez. David’s Law, named after a student who was bullied on social media, will make it a Class B misdemeanor to electronically harass or bully anyone under the age of 18.