Brandon C. Ohl of Klein HS and Bailey E. Willman were both announced yesterday as winners of the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Among a total of 1.5 million applicants, they were a part of the 8,000 distinguished students in the country to receive the award. NMSC began awarding scholarships in 1955 with hopes to encourage students to pursue academic excellence. The scholarships are supported by over 440 college independent sponsors each year who raised over $35 million. Next fall, Brandon plans to attend the University of North Texas, while Bailey plans to attend the University of Oklahoma.
Girls in the B.R.I.D.G.E. program at Schindewolf Intermediate ended their year at Baker Hughes Tomball Technology Center on May 3, 2014. Board of Trustee Steve
Szymczak joined the students at the center as a push to increase interest in careers that are underrepresented by women, specifically the oil and gas industry. The girls had the opportunity to wear lab coats and learn the ins and outs of the science labs Baker Hughes had to offer. B.R.I.D.G.E. leaders hope this event encourages more female students to take Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) classes later in their course study.
Emily Deming of Klein Oak High School was awarded a $1,500 scholarship along with 5 other students by the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce in early April. Emily has spent a great amount of time volunteering in the community, specifically the children’s section of the Barbara Bush Public Library. “I found my library to be a place of discovery…since then I have come to understand and truly appreciate that the library is a place in the community where everyone is welcome” says Deming. This year, the annual luncheon was held at the Klein ISD Multi-Purpose Center. There to present the awards were State Representatives Debbie Riddle of District 150, Senfronia Thompson of District 142 and Patricia Harless of District 126.
The student directed UIL play titled “An Experiment with an Air Pump” competed in the 5A Region 2 competition on May 2, 2014 in Waco, Texas. Prior to the regional competition, the play advanced through Zone, District, and Area competitions. Kirby Carlock MarShae Morris and Alyssa Armstrong were each recognized for Honorable Mention All Star Cast. Cast member Zach Robinson was also awarded “Best Actor” at the area competition.
Klein ISD safety officer Bruce Berry and the safety team were
recently honored with a Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Risk
Management Fund Innovation Award. The TASB Risk Management Fund provides
workers compensation, property, liability, auto and unemployment compensation
to more than 1,100 members.
This award is recognized as a way of honoring fund
members for initiatives, products or programs that are inventive, timely and
effective. Award winners truly demonstrate innovative and successful approaches
to risk management.
Award winners receive a commemorative plaque and $1,000
to be applied to the risk management program. Congratulations to Berry and the
safety team for earning this award.
The Klein Collins Legacy Press newspaper was recently
named a School Newspaper Online (SNO) Distinguished Site. SNO, is a company focused on the needs of
scholastic news publications looking to create or enhance their presence on the
internet while allowing the students to focus on journalism.
Legacy Press is one of only seven sites nationwide to be designated as a SNO
Distinguished Site. The staff earned all six badges of online publishing
including continuous coverage, site excellence, audience engagement, story page
design, writing and multimedia. Congratulations to the Klein Collins Legacy
Press staff on this great accomplishment.
Elementary fifth grade teacher Tara Fields was selected as one of only 150
teachers nationwide to participate in the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy
at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. This intensive week long
professional development program will provide a learning experience that will
deepen the understanding of mathematics and science content, build expertise in
facilitating student learning through problem solving and inquiry and demonstrate
the interconnections between mathematics and science that support and enhance
student learning. Additionally, the program will provide an understanding of
how children learn and how to translate that knowledge into classroom
instruction, increase knowledge and use of instructional resources to support
student learning and encourage school teams to network with other professionals
in mathematics and science education.
With Armed Forces Day taking place on May 17, 2014, we take the time to recognize the Klein ISD Air Force Junior ROTC leaders at each of our high schools. We not only thank them for their service to our country but also for leading and training our next generation cadets.
It was on a whim during Christmas vacation, while Edwin Reyes was visiting family, that he wondered how great it would be to work at Klein High School. Six months later he was hired and has worked for Klein ISD for more than 10 years. Reyes served 15 years of active duty and four years in the Air Force Reserve. Having served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Reyes has served primarily as an instructor, where he earned the Master Instructor Badge. As an instructor he was in charge of the Wing Commanders’ Seminar, a course for Brigadier Generals who were selected to manage an Air Force base. He has earned three Meritorious Service medals, two Commendation medals and one Achievement medal during his career. Reyes is always eager to hear about his students’ successes after graduation and hearing those stories inspires him to continue his teaching responsibilities with more fervor and passion.
Klein Forest AFJROTC leader Ernest Veranes has faced tours of duty in the Philippines, Vietnam, Spain, Honduras, California and Texas. Serving as a fighter pilot, he was assigned to Danang Air Base Vietnam for a year where his main mission was dropping bombs on enemy targets. With 276 combat missions under his belt, Veranes retired as a Colonel with the United States Air Force. Some of his prestigious awards include a Legion of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Defense Meritorious Ribbon, Meritorious Service medal and many more honors. Veranes had the privilege of pitching the JROTC program to Klein ISD and started in July of 1995. His biggest reward working with the AFJROTC program is watching students mature and assume responsibilities they didn’t think possible. One of his greatest accomplishments is getting to reunite with students who tell him how he made a big difference in their lives.
Klein Oak AFJROTC leader Victor Vale took some time off after his active years of service to work on his MBA. It was during this time that he realized he offers life experiences and knowledge that could be shared with high school students. He has been with Klein ISD for two years. Having served in the United States Air Force for more than 27 years as an aircraft mechanic, Vale has taken on assignments stateside and has served in Panama. Throughout his career, he has earned three Meritorious service medals, four Accommodation medals, one Achievement medal and many more. Vale finds the highlight of working with the Klein Oak AFJROTC has been teaching the Personal Finance class to seniors. He enjoys the subject and likes that the students seem to enjoy discussing the subject.
Klein Collins AFJROTC leader, Daniel Crum has an extensive military career that includes many assignments stateside as well as extensive assignments in Vietnam, the Philippines, the South China Sea and Bangkok, Thailand, to name a few. He has completed training schools including a general survival school, a jungle survival school and many other combat and training related schools. He has received the Distinguished Flying Cross, 11 Air Medals, two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry and many other honors. Crum concluded his career by serving as the assistant deputy chief of logistics at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. It wasn’t until he was substituting for a fellow AFJROTC leader that he realized that’s what he wanted to do. Crum has served for 13 years with Klein ISD and finds his most memorable moments were in 2009 when his cadets marched in the Inaugural Parade and over the last several years, watching his teams win first place in every division at the national level.
celebration honors employees
Each year, the district hosts the employees of the year at
its annual staff banquet to celebrate the hard work and dedication of its
teachers, administrators, staff and retirees. This year we recognize the
following employees of the year:
Food Service: Peggy Cummings- Krimmel Intermediate
Having worked at Krimmel Intermediate since it opened in
2007, Cummings has an excellent relationship with the leadership team at her
school and many cafeteria managers come to her as a resource. She is committed
to Klein ISD and to her Krimmel staff by always going above and beyond to help
accommodate all requests. She participates in any learning opportunity and
encourages her staff to better themselves through continued education. She also
manages a very clean and organized kitchen and has been able to create a great
working environment for her staff. Cummings is an ambassador for the Food
Service Department, takes pride in her work and is willing to serve Krimmel and
Klein ISD in any capacity to better the students, staff and community.
Transportation Services: Willie Threats- Bus Driver,
Mr. Threats makes time to talk with his fellow workers,
citizens and students on his bus route. He is always willing to share his
expertise, and is professional in his paperwork and communications. He drives
three routes for Klein ISD and sometimes drives for the after-school tutorial
programs. One of his routes is an out of district Highpoint route that can have
some challenging students. He handles the route well and is respected and
appreciated by those students. Threats represents what our community and Klein
ISD want most which is a pleasant, happy and courteous employee.
Police Department: DeAnne Brumley, Police Communication
Brumley brings to the Police Communication Center years of
experience and because of that is often called upon as a resource to do extra
assignments and help other dispatchers. She has taken on a leadership role in
the Communication Center as a lead trainer of new dispatch personnel and works
on the scheduling to make sure shifts are covered. Brumley always has a
professional attitude and possesses valuable communication skills. She never
hesitates to go above and beyond her required duties to make sure that every
student, faculty member, parent and community member is safe, not only while at
district locations, but also while on district buses.
Plant Operations: Ana Aguilar
With 19 years of experience in Klein ISD, Ana Aguilar is a
top notch employee always going above and beyond and looks for areas outside of
her responsibility to help. She will assist in any way possible to ensure a
clean, safe and healthy learning environment for staff and students. Whether
she is cleaning, moving furniture or assisting students, Aguilar is giving it
her all. Aguilar is loyal, hard-working, dedicated and friendly and this shines
through to everyone around her.
Manual Trade: Oscar “Joey” Allemore- Maintenance Department
Following in his father’s footsteps, Joey Allemore is a 22
year veteran with Klein ISD. He assists with keeping the schools up and running
so that students and staff have a conducive learning environment. Allemore
works well with others and is a team player who is willing to work flexible and
long hours and this is shown by the number of call-outs he takes at night to
make sure schools are ready for students each morning. He is on the inclement
weather team and is a member of the asbestos remediation team and takes the
time to keep his license current each year.
Information Technology: Craig Richardson-
Heading up the servers and storage team, Craig Richardson is
very team oriented. He serves on the IT Leadership team as well as the Long
Range Technology Committee. He makes himself available to assist with any
resources and training wherever needed. Richardson has helped the Police
Department and all of the high schools setup and maintain their two-way radio
systems. He is always willing to share helpful information with others and
makes sure his team is organized and has access to the training they need to
stay abreast of the latest technologies. Richardson is not only a leader in his
department but in Klein ISD as well.
Clerical Employee: Peggy Fariss- Eiland Elementary
“Mamma Peggy”, as she is known to many, is not only the
Eiland Elementary registrar, but is a volunteer, a mentor and a go-getter.
Peggy Fariss is a go-to resource for other registrars, especially Title I
campuses by answering questions and serving on review committees for the
district. She is always looking for a way to support the staff, either by
participating in all after school and evening events, working directly with
school programs, reading to students on her lunch break, or even by baking.
Fariss not only takes care of her duties as registrar but supports teachers in
their endeavors to improve their students’ achievements and always puts the
Teacher Assistant: Peggy Winters – Hassler Elementary
Peggy Winters has a contagious, can-do attitude and is
always willing to help wherever the need is greatest. She initiated the Summer
Lunch and Learn Program for struggling students. This program arranges free
lunches, speakers from the community and field trips for students for the 8
weeks of summer. Winters also willingly gives her time after school to help
with projects and organize activities and has a wonderful relationship with
students, staff and parents. She has a heart of gold and always looks out for
the underdog making sure that every student has an equal chance to be
Professional Support: Thomas Petrek- Finance Department
With more than 20 years in the district, Thomas Petrek is
not just the keeper of the money, but is also recognized as a leader,
problem-solver and champion for the district. He supports schools and school
initiatives and is highly considerate of the special education program needs
and those of at-risk students. Petrek communicates and interacts with students,
staff and community in this growing district and has the unique talent of
balancing the desires of the community for a strong financially sound
educational system with an efficient and economical tax base. Petrek is an
honest, considerate, hardworking individual who loves the school district and
treats each taxpayer dollar with respect.
spirit helps relate to students
Known for his jovial spirit and outgoing personality, Dr.
Brian Greeney has already made an impact on the Klein Oak community in his
first year as the school principal. Refusing to change who he is because of his
position, Greeney recognizes that he does have the child-like demeanor.
“He has changed the school a lot this year,” said Klein Oak
student Kara Rozell. “The students actually want to participate in the events
and it’s made our school more of a whole and definitely more spirited.”
Having been with Klein ISD since 2002, Greeney has served in
many capacities including a swim coach, AP Government teacher, assistant principal,
associate principal and principal at Wunderlich Intermediate and now Klein Oak
High School. He truly believes that he was called to serve and that serving
others is the most important aspect of being a principal.
“He is a big idea person and he surrounds himself with
people that can carry through with those ideas,” expressed Klein Oak associate
principal Mandy Nesbit. “He has a vision and knows how he wants to get there
and has a gift of getting people on board.”
Greeney takes time to reflect back on what it was like when
he was a teenager and how he wanted people to relate to him. He genuinely cares
about people he meets and his students and wants to make sure they understand
that he is trying to relate to them and is truly interested in their lives and
getting to know them.
“His strong suit is that he builds strong relationships,”
said Nesbit. “The students want to do the things he is asking of them because
they have built that relationship.”
When asked how he feels about being named Klein ISD’s
district principal of the year, he immediately acknowledges the work of others.
“It’s a great honor but the most important thing is you
can’t receive an honor like this without having wonderful staff around you and
great kids,” said Greeney. “I’ve been blessed at Wunderlich and Klein Oak to
have unbelievably gifted teachers and incredible administrators to work with.”
“It’s a good feeling to know you have a principal that goes
out of his way to visit in the cafeteria and take pictures with you because
it’s a dress up day,” said Klein Oak student Emily Frost. “It’s the little
things he does that show how he goes the extra mile for his students.”
and leadership are top qualities
Grace England Early Childhood and Pre-K Center principal Ann
Dristas has made many great friends in Klein ISD over her 31 year tenure. She
has served in many capacities but has always enjoyed the challenge of working
During her 31 years in Klein, she has served as an early
childhood teacher, adaptive behavior teacher, 1st grade teacher,
assistant principal and principal. With many years of experience and having
served in many capacities, Dristas says she is honored to be named District
Elementary Principal of the Year.
“I can’t think of anyone more deserving,” said Grace England
assistant principal Jaunee Perry. “I would base that on the background that she
has in education and her years of experience working with the little ones.”
Dristas prides herself on focusing on the children’s needs
and believes in helping the teachers to improve their skill set. She notes that
her early childhood students pick up on everything and Dristas and her staff
adore the fact that those students are there every day and that they get to be
part of their daily learning.
“This is our chance to open the world of learning to them,” expressed
Dristas. “They are a unique age group and are excited about learning and this
is an opportunity to help spread the word to our community about the great
things that Klein ISD can offer students.”
Dristas is noted by her peers as always going above and
beyond for not only the school, but also the community. If a family has a need,
she can be found doing whatever it takes to help them and actively asks the
community and teachers what needs are out there. She is noted as a leader, an
encourager and as valuing everyone’s opinion. She makes everyone feel
appreciated for the job that they do and she recognizes that her staff is
unique because they work with such young students. Her teachers are able to
share the same curriculum, goals and ideas and take on many leadership roles
and this is what is leading them to their vision of becoming even better than
the year before.
“I am really honored and privileged to be voted by my peers
because they all have so much to offer and they are such a gifted group of
educators,” said Dristas. “And I want to say thank you for taking the chance on
a teacher from Slippery Rock University and I’m honored to have been allowed to
head the new Pre-K center. It’s something new and different and wonderful.”
to students and community shows
A 27-year veteran with Klein ISD, Cathy Arellano has proven
that she is not only a great educator but does whatever it takes to help
students succeed. Arellano, an associate principal at Klein Oak is not only
dedicated to her school and her students, but to her community as well.
“It’s exciting to be named the first Associate Principal of
the Year,” said Arellano. I love Klein and it has been my family since the
first day I was here,” she added.
Arellano has not only set up the structure for how the
freshman wing operates, but has created a model of how schools can create supportive,
safe environments for students to transition into new grade levels. She took
something that did not exist and created a model for the entire district to
follow. In her endeavors to structure the freshman class at Klein Oak, Arellano
has organized a transition academy to help incoming freshmen transition to high
school. She has also created a student leadership academy, which helps create
new campus leaders.
“Students would tell me that they never found their niche,”
said Arellano. “When the opportunity was presented to create the ninth grade
wing, the idea was to get the freshmen to connect with Klein Oak at the
beginning of their high school career so they could find their niche with a
little help,” she added.
In addition to her passion for structuring the freshman
class, Arellano is in charge of increasing school spirit. As a result of her
efforts, there has been a noticeable increase in participation in all activities
including sporting events, pep rallies, dress up days and other activities. She
has also helped organize and run the Future Panthers Program for Klein Oak
feeder pattern students to attend a Klein Oak football game and receive the VIP
treatment with sideline passes, pictures with players, cheerleaders, dance
members and the band.
In addition to working with her students, Arellano is also
very involved in the community. She is vested in the community and does a
wonderful job of setting expectations for her teachers and students and
delivers a message of excellence to parents. Arellano continuously steps up
when the need arises. She can be found walking the halls of the freshmen wing
with putty and paint in hand to repair any damage.
“It’s amazing to see her so driven to really want the
students to become involved in the school,” said Danny Dominguez, student at
Klein Oak. “She makes sure that students have a place outside of their home to
come and interact and she definitely sets the bar high for future recipients of
this award,” he added.
pilots new style of learning for students
Klein Collins Chemistry and Pre AP Chemistry teacher Clay Huggins
brings more to the classroom than just lesson plans. He is described as
innovative, passionate and tenacious and shows those qualities each and every
day with his students.
Huggins is not only a graduate of Klein Oak High School but
is the son of Willie Huggins, formerly a teacher and coach at Klein Forest, and
currently serving as the director of plant operations for Klein. Huggins’
mother was also in the Klein family, having taught at Kuehnle Elementary for
many years until her retirement. Initially, Huggins helped with the
construction of Klein Collins High School and has been a teacher there since it
opened in 2001. A Texas Tech grad, working on his masters from Lamar
University, Huggins knew he wanted to be a teacher after tutoring classmates in
“I want to see my students to be successful and that’s
pretty much what everyone as an educator is in it for,” said Huggins. “We just
want to see other people do well,” he added.
Huggins believes in producing well rounded and responsible adults
by being a role model for his students. He proves this each day in his
classroom and with his Academic Decathalon team. Huggins takes extra time to
set an atmosphere of inquisitiveness and foster a contagious desire to know how
the world works. He believes that to be successful, you must meet your kids
where they are regardless of age or ability level.
He finds time to make a difference for his students as well
as among his peers. Huggins piloted the flipped classroom model this year by
writing, filming and posting video lectures so that class time is spent with
open-ended inquiry and skills based practice. He also finds the time to mentor
new teachers and values that time investment.
“Rather than have the students get initial instruction with
me and then go home to do the practice on their own, I gave them their initial
instruction via video and when they come in to class, it frees us up to have
more hands-on learning and lab activities,” said Huggins.
Huggins believes that teachers must first be experts in
their field and demonstrate their own personal commitment to lifelong learning.
He also knows that it is important to communicate moral excellence and a
commitment to the growth and welfare of the students. He believes that students
are looking for caring leaders who will serve as their role models, place their
needs above others and partner with them to achieve success.
“It’s been really neat and fun to see the campus grow both
physically and watch the students grow up. It has been a great pleasure to be
here,” he said.
and motivating are her passions
Third grade Haude Elementary teacher Meagan White believes
that motivated teachers are what students need. She spends each day in her
classroom helping students to learn and improve their skills and takes on that
responsibility with great pride.
In her early years, White knew she loved working with
children but was never encouraged to become a teacher. It wasn’t until her
sophomore year in college that she decided that she wanted to eventually become
a school counselor so she changed her major to education. White graduated with
her masters from Lamar University and has been teaching in Klein for four
“I choose to teach third grade because I love being able to
see the growth that takes place over the year,” stated White. “I love seeing
them get better with their reading comprehension, their math, and it’s just so
White has enjoyed taking on leadership positions with the
Superintendent’s Advisory Council, CIDC, DIDC, school webmaster and many more.
She believes that one of the keys to strengthening and improving the teaching
profession is participating in and leading professional development. She knows
that time management and organizational skills along with strategies for
motivating and reaching difficult students is what makes a good teacher a great
In her classroom, White works to establish connections with
her students and show them how much she cares. She knows that her
responsibility is to inspire a love of learning within each of her students and
to provide them with a respectful and nurturing classroom where they can learn.
“She is the ultimate professional; she’s so enthusiastic,
she knows her students and is continuously looking for exciting ways to
challenge them and to make her classroom fun, interesting and learning meaningful
for her students,” expressed Rachel Wall, principal at Haude Elementary.
White is an advocate for parents supporting their children
at home academically and wants the community to trust and respect teachers. She
hopes to communicate to parents that teachers in Klein ISD are doing their best
to provide the highest quality of education possible for their children and to
become a partner with their child’s teacher.
“I do this because this is my passion and because I love
these kids and because I want to make a difference in their future,” said
White. “But to be recognized this way is something that I never imagined would
have ever happened, but is so meaningful to me.”
recognized for going above and beyond
Klein Superintendent Dr. Jim Cain recognizes employees who have made a significant difference with programs or services that either enhance student learning or highlight programs in the Klein ISD beyond their job description. This year’s Superintendent’s Initiative Award winners are:
Johnathan Cranford-TEP High School English Language Arts Teacher
Cranford sincerely cares about his coworkers and their health and thus decided to provide nutrition and exercise classes three times a week, free of charge. His commitment to the health and well-being of his coworkers also helps support the goal of the district’s Kleinwell program. He not only provides the classes, but also provides the motivation and support to encourage his coworkers to make healthy choices. Cranford has taken on this challenge to help his coworkers because of his sincere concern and dedication to helping each and every one of them lead a healthier life, have an improved attitude and better manage stress.
Susan Parent- Klein Oak High School Student Council Sponsor
As the Klein Oak Student Council Sponsor, Susan Parent has been very active in many aspects of daily life at Klein Oak. She mentored the student council’s effort that brought together the entire Klein community. By selling homecoming T-shirts and collecting donations, the student council raised more than $80,000 for Capt. Bill Dowling. She has helped collect and send hundreds of care packages to troops in Afghanistan and leads the atmosphere of school spirit with her organization of dances, pep rallies and the Mr. Debonair show. Parent knows all about family, community, integrity and commitment and displays each of those qualities daily at Klein Oak.
Suzanne Christian-Schultz Elementary PE Teacher
Having created many initiatives at Schultz Elementary like the Tower Garden, the first Community Bike Ride, helping with the Jogging Club and participating in the Shape Up Schultz Committee, Suzanne Christian has helped create many ways to help staff and students improve their health. She is passionate about good nutrition and exercise and realizes the value of involving parents. By creating and participating in these programs, Christian is leading the Schultz community to become engaged in leading healthier lives and taking an active part in school wellness activities.
O.S.C.A.R. Team: Bradley Noble- Wunderlich Intermediate Librarian, Jessica Williams-Berger- ELA Department Chair, Kristi Cook-ELA Specialist, Trevor Woolley-Ulrich Assistant Principal, Jason Bond- Klein Forest Assistant Principal and Dr. Brian Greeney- Klein Oak Principal
The O.S.C.A.R. Team was established with one goal in mind: to build a community of readers by promoting pleasure reading. The O.S.C.A.R. program had a definite impact on Wunderlich students, the district and the community. Teachers, staff and students discovered the joy of reading for pleasure. The O.S.C.A.R. program opened up dialogue over quality literature and took reading outside the classrooms. All O.S.C.A.R. team members volunteered countless hours outside of the school day and created a ceremony by partnering with Faithbridge Church and Chick-Fil-A where readers were celebrated for their success. The team’s contribution created a measurable benefit to the Wunderlich staff, students and community by building a culture of reading and instilling a love for literature in students.
The Klein ISD Gifted and Talented students will be showcasing
their investigative research projects to the public at the Klein ISD
Multipurpose Center on Monday, May 19 and Tuesday, May 20 from 9:30 a.m. until
12:30 p.m. The general showcase is open to the public and all are welcome to
come by, meet the district’s GT teachers, view the students’ projects and leave
a kind note about their hard work. For more information about this showcase, click here.
Klein ISD had 19 seniors selected as 2014 Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Scholars by the Houston Endowment. These students are among 321
Houston-area graduating seniors and are eligible to receive up to $16,000
toward earning a bachelor’s degree. A Rotary Club of Houston committee selects
students based on academic achievement, economic need, leadership skills,
community service and character. Since 1958, the Houston Endowment has provided nearly $97 million to help more than 11,000
students attend college. Congratulations to the following students:
Klein High School
Delaine F. Tubbs
Klein Collins High School
Alexandria S. Davis
Michael C. Merritt
Penelope S. Revelo
Vivian H. Yim
Klein Forest High School
Anna T. Do
Jaime A. Franks
Heather N. Nguyen
Melanie L. Rivera
Klein Oak High School
Elizabeth M. Joseph
Michael J. Shin
An D. Tran
Candace Threadgill, director of information technology
has been named President of the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) for
2014-2015. The TCEA is a member-based organization devoted to the use of
technology in education. As President of TCEA, Threadgill will lead the
association and its members and will assist in providing educators with the
tools and resources they need to innovate teaching and learning. Threadgill has
previously served in many other capacities on the TCEA Board.
Karen Fuller, the chief technology officer for Klein ISD has been named as the Chair-Elect for the 2014-2015 Texas K-12 CTO Council. The Texas K-12 CTO Council is a membership organization open to school districts with the chief technology officer as the primary audience. Fuller has served in Klein ISD since 2006 and has served on many committees in various capacities since the mid 1990’s. She has worked with the Texas CTO council for seven years and sat on various panels for developing policy, deploying 1:1 programs and providing instructional support. She believes that the Texas CTO Council is a great asset to the Texas members and impacts the education technology leaders, whether they are technical or instructional. Fuller plans to provide the best available resources that will impact the students of Texas and the US as well as the priorities set forth from the membership. Fuller will serve as the Chair Elect beginning this June, and will then serve as Chair for 2015-2016.
The Epps Island wellness
program Trim Epps Island, has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Oliver
Foundation. The Oliver Foundation is a Houston based non-profit organization
dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity.
In February 2012, Epps Island
Elementary introduced Trim Epps Island, a wellness program designed to provide
more than 800 students with valuable resources, programs and incentives to help
improve their overall health and well-being. Trim Epps Island has been able to raise
health awareness by promoting physical fitness while maintaining a healthy
lifestyle. Featured dietitians, fitness experts and professionals in the health
industry shared tips and information on various health topics.
Past initiatives of the Trim Epps Island program include the
teaching of My Plate to the Pre-K students, and offering healthy living
seminars to the Pre-K parents. During the 2012-2013 school year, this was expanded
by offering classes to all grade level parents. The biggest event of the year
is the Epps Island Health and Fitness Community Day featuring community
vendors, one mile walk/run, and lots of fun and healthy activities for the Epps
Island staff, students, and community.
In the 2013-2014 school year, new programs such as “Join for Me”
which is a 16-week weight management program targeting parents and students
from the 3rd and 4th grade with elevated BMIs was introduced. Trim Epps Island
has also implemented the Girls on the Run program for 3rd-5th
grade girls which promotes confidence and overall well-being, culminated by the
participants running a 5K. The program funded 15 staff members in their very
own 5K obstacle course called Warrior Dash. These efforts of the Warrior Dash staff and the Girls on the Run
students were showcased during the 3rd annual Health and Fitness Community Day.
journey to take place this summer
Klein ISD teacher, Shaena
Ricks and Doerre Intermediate student, Eduardo Gonzalez have both been selected
by the JASON Learning program to serve as Argonauts on their summer educational
program in the Bahamas.
JASON Learning is an organization
devoted to encouraging students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering
and math (STEM). It provides students in the classroom and out, reading
selections, hands–on activities, videos and online games. It also provides
lesson plans, implementation tips and a powerful digital platform for educators.
This curriculum covers core content areas and can be used as replacements for
traditional textbooks or as enriching supplemental materials. The mission of
this organization is to inspire and educate kids everywhere through real
science and exploration.
The JASON Argonaut program allows students and educators to
embark on a journey where they will work side-by-side with scientists and
engineers. The Argonauts serve as ambassadors and role models for the JASON
community and may participate in speaking events related to the program.
This summer’s journey will take Ricks and Gonzalez to study
with the Cape Eleuthera Institute in Eleuthera, The Bahamas. Their research
will focus on various components of ongoing studies on sharks, sea turtles,
lionfish, aquaculture, aquaponics and flats ecology. Daily learning activities
and field excursions will also take place.
Only four teachers are selected from across the nation to
participate in the Argonaut program. Ricks, a 6th grade science
teacher at Klein Intermediate, believes it is important to have experience to
learn from in order to enhance her knowledge. In her classroom, she has been
able to use the JASON Learning models to elevate her instruction and students
are excited about it.
“I know that the JASON Educator Argonaut program will
provide me with priceless experiences that will enrich my understanding of the
world around me,” said Ricks. “I can share those experiences and growth with
students who yearn for stories, pictures, relics and dreams of doing the same
thing,” she added.
Through a generous grant from the Chevron Corporation, Klein
ISD was given the opportunity to have one student participate in the student
Argonaut program. Doerre 8th grader, Eduardo Gonzalez has always
found the JASON Learning curriculum fun and exciting. Gonzalez was chosen to
represent Klein and is one of only nine students from around the country that
will be afforded this opportunity. His favorite science topic is geology.
“It is very interesting because geology has to do with the
history of the earth and it’s amazing that there’s so much to learn about our
very own planet,” he said.
to see the video of teacher Shaena Ricks being surprised with this honor.