Pine Forest Elementary Counselor Jennifer Vandenbrook received a Women of Achievement award in the area of Education from FamilyTime. Current and former Humble ISD colleagues, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen and School Board members joined Ms. Vandenbrook at the FamilyTime Gala at the Hyatt Regency-downtown Houston on Jan. 21.
Humble ISD’s Super Staffers of the Month were recognized at the December 13 Board Meeting. Thanks to Gulf Coast Educators Credit Union for sponsoring this month's Super Staffers! Pictured in back is School Board President Keith Lapeze, and from front left are Gulf Coast Educators Credit Union Representative Julia Arceneaux, CNS Bookkeeper Julie Naldrett, KMS Bookkeeper Brenda Clark and North Belt Elementary 5th Grade Teacher Ashley Collier, and Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen.
Honored at the Board Meeting were the following Super Staffers:
Ashley Collier — North Belt Elementary 5th Grade Teacher
Those who nominated her said, "Ms. Collier is a member of our 2nd grade team here at North Belt. Relationships are key to Ms. Collier as evidenced by her smiling face every morning as she greets each student at the door. She provides authentic situations for student learning and partners with other grade levels for peer tutoring. Some comments made about Ms. Collier by her fellow teammates were as follows, “Ashley reaches out to include others and fosters an extraordinary sense of teamwork.”, “She creates an inviting environment every day for every student."
Brenda Clarke — Atascocita Middle School Bookkeeper
Those who nominated her said, "Brenda has the dedication that many have at KMS. She works when she is sick and she does everything she can to be at school. I have been in Brenda's office when a student comes in and she drops everything to help them. There are a few special students that come by daily just to get a hug. Brenda Clark works tirelessly to help teachers get the supplies they need for the classroom. Brenda works with teachers to find out who is an approved vendor to write grants with. When the grants come through she helps with the orders and the follow up. Brenda keeps fabulous records to keep us aware of the money left to spend. She does the behind the scene things that make it all work. Brenda may not be in a classroom every day with students but she is an vital part of what happens in the classroom with students. Brenda will help teachers with whatever she is asked. Brenda is also covering the nurse's office and anything else that is thrown her way. Thank you Brenda."
Julie Naldrett — Child Nutrition Bookkeeper
Those who nominated her said, "Julie interacts with families applying for free or reduced price meal benefits. Julie handles each family with compassion and caring. She makes certain each applicant feels comfortable and meets their needs in any way that she can. She provides warmth and caring as well as outstanding customer service to all! In addition, this fall a new software system was implemented that required Julie to revamp all of her usual procedures for processing meal applications. Julie tackled the challenge and insured a smooth school start up for hundreds of students on the free and reduced meal program."
Each month, campuses and departments select an individual to be honored as a Super Staffer for their outstanding work in advancing student achievement. A drawing is held and three honorees receive additional recognition at the School Board Meeting, including a $200 gift card to Pappas Restaurants thanks to an award sponsor. The sponsor for the Super Staffer Awards this month is Gulf Coast Educators Credit Union.
Elementary Super Staffers:
Greentree Elementary School – Summer McKee, Music teacher
Humble Elementary School – Broderick Lindsey, PE Coach
Lakeland Elementary School – Connie Curry, Bookkeeper
Lakeshore Elementary School – Sherry Grimes, 5th Grade Teacher
Maplebrook Elementary School – Tobi Miller, Interventionist
North Belt Elementary School – Ashley Collier (Landry), Teacher
Oak Forest Elementary School – Anntoinette Brown, Librarian
Oaks Elementary School – Katie Gonzalez, 5th grade math
Park Lakes Elementary School – Sonia Verm, Library Instructional Aide
Pine Forest Elementary School – Brianna Davis, 3rd grade teacher
River Pines Elementary School – Madison Rodon, 2nd Grade Teacher
Shadow Forest Elementary School – Paula Nielsen, Paraeducator
Summerwood Elementary School – Stephanie Cruz, Front Office Receptionist
Willow Creek Elementary School – Michelle Hise, Rela ALT
Woodland Hills Elementary School – Jennifer Heyl, Music Teacher
Secondary Super Staffers:
Atascocita High School – Jessica Brown, LSSP
Atascocita Middle School – Troy Holloway, -SPED Teacher
Community Learning Center – Heather Entzminger, Campus Testing Coordinator
Humble High School – Freddie Strange, Special Education Teacher/Coach
Humble Middle School – Timeka Davis, HMS Math ALT
Kingwood Middle School – Brenda Clark, Bookkeeper
Quest Early College High School – Liza Burch, Principal's Secretary/Bookkeeper
Ross Sterling Middle School – Stephanie Cox, TX History/Journalism Teacher
Woodcreek Middle School – Cindy Young, 6th Grade Math Teacher
Woodcreek Middle School – Nikiea Jacquet, Diagnostician
Support Super Staffers:
Child Nutrition – Julie Naldrett, Federal Programs Specialist
Transportation – John Poxon, School Bus Driver
The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has selected Humble ISD Trustee Nancy Morrison to the Leadership TASB Class of 2017. She joins 34 school board leaders from across the state based upon a written application for the yearlong leadership program. Get the story here.
The Child Nutrition Department of Humble ISD is recognized by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) for participating in the 2016 Local Products Challenge. Menu Planner, Kara Lam, RDN (pictured) identifies Texas grown products on school menus monthly with the outline of the state of Texas. Texas grown watermelon was featured during October as part of National School Lunch week and Texas grown products are menued whenever available.
CATE Center Robotics Teacher Joeseph Paneitz, an Eagle Scout and adult leader of Troop 64, recently received an Honor Medal with Crossed Palms for his heroic actions in 2015. It is Scoutings highest award for bravery.
While tubing the Frio River, Paneitz and friends were caught in a raging flash flood. After the group made it to higher ground, Paneitz went back into the river to pull two women to shore. The group was rescued by helicopter the following day. The story was featured in local news stories and also as a "graphic novel" style story in Boys' Life, the magazine of Boy Scouts of America.
This is Paneitz' first year in Humble ISD. He teaches Concepts of Engineering and Technology/Robotics and Automation at CATE center. On his teacher web page it says, "Love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life."
Well done, Joe!