Partnerships : 2005 Partners of the Year Awards

2005 Outstanding Volunteers/Mentors

Elementary School
Loree Morgan

A college student who has mentored - and designed computer programs for Scobee Elementary for five years and counting.

Middle School
Kevin Flowers

Youth Minister at Crossroads Baptist Church, Flowers mentors at-risk boys through the use of sports & board games at Connally Middle School.

High School
Johnathan Godsey

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

Elementary School
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.

Middle School
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.

High School
Boeing Company

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

Elementary School
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.

Middle School
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.

High School
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

Elementary School
Bob King

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.

Middle School
Catherine Rea

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.

High School
Joe Bradberry

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.