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Female teacher posing with Silver Apple trophy for EXCEL Awards

September 19, 2018

Lizeth Sampayo, an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Folks MS, was told by her principal Shawn McKenzie that they were having an assembly in the gym on the Pillar of Respect. She had no idea it was all a ruse. 

As students and teachers anxiously awaited the start of the assembly, Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods walked into the gym to address the crowd about what they thought was the mportance of respecting others and not being a bully.

With cheerleaders and football players from Harlan High School to pep up the 7th graders who were gathered for the assembly, Dr. Woods began addressing the crowd, but stopped what he was saying and introduced Sarah Forgany, KENS 5 morning anchor.  Forgany explained the real reason for the assembly – the announcement that Sampayo is the 2018-19 EXCEL Award winner for NISD.
“I feel very humbled,” she said as the students applauded the announcement. “I do it for all the students.” Sampayo is in her 20th year of teaching, all in NISD.

As the third child of six, Sampayo said that she didn’t always feel important. She had trouble learning English while her siblings did not.  “I struggled in school and was retained in second grade and then skipped third grade,” she said. “I recall feeling not adequate but eventually my language skills improved along with my school work. My confidence grew through teachers who encouraged and supported me. I realized that I could succeed and my future was one with endless possibilities. That’s what I want my students to learn and experience,” she said.

The EXCEL Award is given to outstanding teachers in San Antonio by KENS 5 and Credit Human representatives who joined the assembly and presented Sampayo with a silver apple and a $1,000 check.
Click here to see pictures from the surprise announcement


2018 ESC-20 Bilingual Teacher of the Year


We are proud to announce the 2018 ESC-20 Bilingual Teacher of the Year,
Katherine Bolaños Northside ISD, at Cole Elementary School.
We are so proud 
of the work you do for your students!


“Simply the Best”

District Educator of the Year

March 5, 2015

 District Educators of the Year at special celebrations held annually
to honor teachers who give 100 percent when it comes to improving the lives of children. 

The 2015 Northside Educators of the Year 

Jessica Williams

ESL  teacher, Stinson Middle School

“To be honored as an Educator of the Year is such a tremendous accomplishment in Northside,” said
Superintendent Brian T. Woods. “These are teachers who truly are passionate about helping children and serving the
community, and they give more than 100 percent each and every day.”


2015 Brandeis HS graduates share their testimonials as Bilingual and ESL students at Northside ISD.


Gisela's Testimonial 
Gisela Reyes is a former NISD Bilingual education student.  
She received a full scholarship and is currently attending the
Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.


Ruiqi's  Testimonial
Ruiqi He is the product of the NISD ESL program at several Northisde elementary and middle schools. She received a full scholarship and she  is currently attending the distinguished Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.