2005 Outstanding Volunteers/Mentors
A college student who has mentored - and designed computer programs for Scobee Elementary for five years and counting.
Youth Minister at Crossroads Baptist Church, Flowers mentors at-risk boys through the use of sports & board games at Connally Middle School.
Sole proprietor of Photography by Godsey. He provides an internship-also a type of mentoring-every year to a Warren High School student whose goal is to own his own photography business.
2005 Outstanding Businesses or Community Organizations
San Antonio Fire Department Station #32 A-Shift
Firefighters of San Antonio Fire Department Station #32 A-Shift Led by Lieutenant Dean Watson (far right) for adopting Rhodes Elementary School located nearby, the Station #32 firefighters have gone beyond conducting fire drills to becoming the best of neighbors to the students, teachers, and parents at Rhodes Elementary. Unanticipated benefits of the relationship are that the students have developed a respect for community helpers and also begun to take responsibility for helping their own families in case of emergency-creating a logical teaching opportunity tied to the Six Pillars of Character.
Educational Testing Services
Educational Testing Services ETS employees who decided on their own to mentor at-risk students at nearby Hobby Middle School named themselves "mEnTorS matter," finding the E, T, and S in their logo was also part of the spelling of the word, Mentors. Lisa Gonzalez, ETS Professional Associate is the award-winning program's founder.
The Boeing Company donated the funds to train staff at John Jay High School and Jay Science and Engineering Academy. Through Boeing's partnerships, Jay is launching the program, Expanding Teacher Frontiers, to the ultimate benefit of many other teachers and students in Northside. Boeing Site Leader and General Manager is Dennis Stuart, Boeing Community & Education Relations Administrator is L. Shantel Wilkins (above); and Chief Engineer is Tony Gonzales. Boeing's investment in NISD students is valued at more than $26,000.
2005 Outstanding Partnerships Program Coordinators
Blattman Elementary PTA Sister School Program with Villarreal Elementary
In true winning fashion, what began as a service project and mentor program, has evolved into a full-fledged friendship-sisterhood between the community involvement team at Blattman and the team at Villarreal. From volunteers at their Sister School, Villarreal has received everything from help in strengthening their own PTA to organizing a bike rodeo, career day, and stocked workroom closet. Accepting the award are Sister School Program creators Paige Butler (right) and Sharon Joseph, active parents, partners, and PTA officers at Blattman.
The Rape Crisis Center for Children and Adults
Led by Rick Gipprich, Public Education Coordinator, the Center provides volunteer teachers and program materials to help students at Northside Alternative Middle School-South build healthy relationships, make responsible choices, and stay safe.
Taft High School PALS (Peer Assistance Leadership) Program
Taft High School PALS (Peer Assistance Leadership) Program Teacher-sponsor for the 20-member Taft High School leadership club is Bev Linkmeyer. Taft PALS provide peer mentoring at Taft High School which includes conflict resolution and peer mediation. They also mentor before or after school at Ward and Knowlton Elementaries.
2005 Outstanding Partnerships Programs
The Content Mastery Center (or CMS) teacher at Rhodes, King has volunteered for many years to coordinate partnerships ranging from the OASIS 'mature adults' who tutor 3rd graders in reading to the annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Party which brings costumed visitors to Rhodes Elementary.
The Capital Group Coordinator for The Capital Group's ten-year partnership with Sul Ross Middle School, Cathy Rea is the American Funds representative who has built a sturdy bridge of partnerships between the school and the company - whose goal is to mentor a 6th grade student who will grow up, finish college, come to work for The Capital Group, and become a mentor at Sul Ross - full circle. The Company's willingness to include partnership preservation in Rea's job description as well as her skill is an extraordinary commitment. The Sul Ross Middle School Partnership receives day-to-day care and feeding by the American Funds program coordinator, Cathy Rea.
Bradberry is a volunteer who leverages his membership in Sonterra Country Club to coordinate any number of partnerships - from luncheons to acquiring role models - for EXCEL Academy students. He often 'opens his wallet, his heart, and the doors of The Club to reward Excel's hardest-working students.