The Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees hosted the launch of a new monthly presentation, the SBISD T-2-4 Teacher Spotlight, as well as special presentations for Employee and Volunteer of the Month during its regular meeting on Monday, March 24.
In addition, Trustees voted unanimously to approve a 2014-15 Academic Calendar that will include a traditional Spring Break from March 16-20, 2015, with bad weather days moved to the end of the school year.
T-2-4 Teacher Spotlight
District leaders have launched a new Special Presentation titled SBISD T-2-4 Teacher Spotlight. This recognition shines a light on educators across SBISD who embrace the T-2-4 goal to double the number students completing a technical certificate, military training, a two-year or a four-year degree, and who also actively go above and beyond to demonstrate their commitment to and actions in support of the T-2-4 goal and belief statements.
This recognition’s first-ever honoree was Landrum Middle School art and photography instructor Andres Bautista. A 23-year district employee, this highly valued “educator leader” has earned many personal and professional awards, but these recognitions describe only a small portion of what Andres has accomplished with a generation of students.
Landrum Middle School Art & Photography Instructor
A veteran volunteer and mentor, he has worked with local groups ranging from the NewSpring art organization to Collegiate Challenge at Northbrook High School, and he has helped propel many students into colleges and universities. His wide “circle” of friends and colleagues within Landrum Lions Scholarship Committee helped raise thousands of new dollars for student scholarships through a fall festival.
Two Landrum Middle graduates now enrolled in state universities – Adrianna Guillen, a Texas A&M-Kingsville art student, and UH-Downtown student Gustavo Piña – spoke during the new special presentation from their hearts about Mr. Bautista’s ability to help them and many other Landrum students achieve much more than they ever thought possible. The T-2-4 Teacher Spotlight will be awarded on a regular basis.
During the meeting of the board, two Landrum Middle graduates now enrolled in state universities – Adrianna Guillen, a Texas A&M-Kingsville art student, and UH-Downtown student Gustavo Piña – spoke during the new special presentation from their hearts about Mr. Bautista’s ability to help them and many other Landrum students achieve much more than they ever thought possible.
Employee of the Month
March’s SBISD Employee of the Month was Building & Grounds Dept. Assistant Supervisor Juan Carlos “J.C.” Guzman. Among other accomplishments, J.C. assisted recently in the removal of old chemicals from all the secondary science laboratories.
Noted for his smiling, upbeat personality, J.C. also directly supervised a pest control contract that led to a perfect score on a state audit. He has also led an effort to use electronic devices in his work area, and to train grounds and custodial staff through online safety presentations.
J.C. is a go-getter. He watches what is being done, learns how to do it quickly, and joins in. He has a great attitude, and is polite and fun to work with. He genuinely cares that he is doing quality work, and takes pride in quality customer service,” Science i-Coach Julie Hummel stated in her nomination.
View the video here >>
Volunteer of the Month
March’s Volunteer of the Month is Chris Kwon, a ConocoPhillips analyst in the Geospatial Services Department. He was nominated by Thornwood Elementary School because of his “personal commitment to furthering the education of our students and his can-do attitude.”
An active member of the school’s Campus Improvement Team for two years, he has been active in the school’s tutoring program for seven years and meets with students weekly.
In addition, he coordinated a fifth-grade trip to ConocoPhillips global headquarters in December. He recently helped Thornwood’s new student newspaper club meet older Stratford High student journalists and a Houston Chronicle newspaper sportswriter.
Mr. Kwon attended Spring Branch schools. He graduated from Stratford High School.
“Chris Kwon has created opportunities for students and exposed them to real world experiences that directly support our T-2-4 goal,” his nomination states. .
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2014-15 Academic Calendar
After reviewing the survey results from community parents and staff, Trustees voted unanimously to adopt an amended 2014-15 Academic Calendar that maintains Spring Break vacation from March 16-20, 2015, and adds any additional Bad Weather Days to the end of the school year.
More than 6,000 responses were received to a recent online survey seeking patron and staff views on two Spring Break options with additional Weather Days if needed at the end of the school year. The March 16-20 option was favored by about 65 percent of survey respondents.
View 2014-15 Calendar here >>
In other action...
- Approved routine Consent Agenda items
- Adopted an order declaring unopposed candidates for Trustee Position No. 1 and No. 2 to be elected, and for the May election to be cancelled