Recognitions

The following individuals have been recognized at an NISD Board of Trustees meeting for state and national achievements

September 27, 2016

At the Sept. 27 Board Meeting, several groups were recognized by Trustees.

March 23, 2016

Two NISD educators were recognized by the Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members (TCBSBM). 

February 24, 2016

The Texas School Counselors Association awarded Stevenson MS and Warren HS the 2014-2015 CREST Award for Counseling Excellence.

February 24, 2016

David Cain, supervisor of vocal music for NISD, was chosen as the 2016 Music Administrator of the Year by the Texas Music Administrators Association (TMEA). Cain has been a music educator for more than 35 years.

February 24, 2016

Jackie Aguirre, dance teacher at Brandeis HS, is the inaugural winner of the Texas Dance Educators Association (TDEA) Dance Educator of the Year Award. The award was created to recognize a top dance educator in the state annually.

December 9, 2015

The Future Farmers of America Parliamentary and Poultry Evaluation teams from O’Connor HS are national champions. The students competed at the national FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. 

October 28, 2015

Two Northside ISD PTAs have been named 2015-2017 National PTA Schools of Excellence. 

October 28, 2015

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Northside ISD by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). 

September 22, 2015

At the Sept. 22 Board Meeting, several groups were recognized by Trustees.

July 30, 2015

Elsa Salaz-Cruz, Career Center Technician at O'Connor HS, was presented the Colin Powell Award by Our Community Salutes of San Antonio, a non-profit organization created to recognize those going into the military and serving the military

April 28, 2015

Jeannine Keairnes, principal at Scarborough ES, is one of six campus administrators in the state to be named a 2015 National Distinguished Principal Finalist by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).

March 24, 2015

Lucy Podmore, librarian at Hector Garcia MS, was selected as the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Library Media Specialist of the Year.

February 24, 2015

In January, NISD received two awards for the Healthy Start: Food, Fitness, Fun Program implemented at all elementary schools within the District.

February 24, 2015

Richard Herrera, head band director at Brandeis HS, is one of 15 state educators to be selected for the 2014 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award.

February 24, 2015

Michael Vasquez, music teacher at Kuentz ES, is the recipient of the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement Spotlight Award. He was selected for teaching young students the love for music integrated with the joy of movement and dance.

November 12, 2014

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Northside ISD by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

September 23, 2014

The Board of Trustees recognized outgoing members of the Northside Educational Improvement Council (NEIC), which includes 19 parents, community members, and business representatives appointed by Board members. In addition, 19 professional staff members and one paraprofessional elected by their peers also serve on the Council.

September 23, 2014

Members of the 2013-14 School Boundary Advisory Committee (SBAC) were formally recognized by the Board for their service and were presented with certificates of recognition at the Sept. 23 Board Meeting. The SBAC is responsible for reviewing all boundary changes, holding public hearings, and presenting recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

September 23, 2014

Outgoing members of the 2013-14 Northside Leadership Academy (NLA) were presented with Certificates of Completion at the Sept. 23 Board Meeting. The NLA class is a year-long program that identifies and trains potential administrators.

July 23, 2014

Pascual Gonzalez, Executive Director of Communications, received the 2014 Key Communicator Award from the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA).

May 27, 2014

Tatiana Benavides, a student at Warren HS, placed third in Essay at the United States Academic Decathlon National Tournament held in Hawaii. Teams from throughout the nation, as well as teams from China and London, competed at this national competition.

May 27, 2014

Mary Lagleder, a history teacher at Warren HS, won the Rising Star award at the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards dinner in Houston recently. She was recognized for her creative and innovative approaches to teaching, and received $5,000 for herself and $5,000 for her campus.

May 27, 2014

Northside ISD has one of the largest high school bowling leagues in the state and can now boast the number one team in the state. The Warren HS boys' bowling team placed first at the Texas State High School Bowling Tournament, competing alongside 72 teams from across the state (36 boys and 36 girls).

April 22, 2014

NISD swimmers were state winners at the UIL State High School Swimming and Diving Championship Meet held Feb. 21-22 in Austin. In addition, the Brandeis HS Boys team finished second place overall in the state. Students and their coaches were recognized by Trustees.

February 25, 2014

Kent Page, a science teacher at Carnahan ES, is one of 102 teachers throughout the country to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The award, first given in 1983, is considered the highest recognition in the United States that a K-12 mathematics or science teacher can receive for exemplary teaching.

February 25, 2014

Ina Perales, science department coordinator at Warren HS, is one of six recipients nationally to be awarded the 2014 Robert E. Yagar Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award by the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA). The award acknowledges excellence and innovation in the field of science education.

February 25, 2014

Rosemary Perez, Director of State and Federal Programs, received the Migrant Service Award from the Association for Migrant Educators of Texas (AMET).

February 25, 2014

Manuela Haberer, Vice Principal of Leon Springs ES, has been selected as the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) Region 20 Assistant Principal of the Year. She now advances to the National Outstanding Principal of the Year competition.

December 10, 2013

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Northside ISD by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

October 22, 2013

NISD is one of only three school districts in Texas to receive the National Procurement Institute's Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) award. This annual award is earned by organizations that demonstrate excellence by obtaining a high score based on standardized criteria. 

August 27, 2013

Kimberly Gaskill, a kindergarten teacher at Adams Hill Elementary School, was presented a life-saving award by the American Red Cross for her selfless act of helping a stranger.

June 25, 2013

Two alert Behlau Elementary School employees are local heroes as a bad situation could’ve turned immensely worse if not for their quick thinking.

May 29, 2013

Darien Williams, a student at The Reddix Center, is a recipient of the 2013 "Yes I Can!" award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

February 27, 2013

Kent Page, the science academic support teacher at Carnahan ES, has been named a finalist for the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program for the second time. He is one of six finalists from Texas and now moves on to the national competition.

February 27, 2013

Six members of Warren High School's Academic Decathlon team captured six medals at the World Scholar's Cup Tournament of Champions held at Yale University earlier this year. Winning students included Kevin Bowie, Aaron Chan, Patricia Flores, Mridhul Maddela, Claudia Rocha and Ashley Zamarripa.

February 27, 2013

Bus driver Anna Arguello was presented the Northside Citizenship Award for performing the Heimlich maneuver on a 7th grader from Luna MS that was choking on a piece of candy on her school bus. Through her quick action, she was able to dislodge the candy, allowing the student to breathe again. The Northside Citizenship Award was created in 1999 to recognize deserving individuals who make a positive impact on the Northside ISD community.

February 27, 2013

Evers ES was one of two schools in Texas to receive a $2,500 technology grant from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Foundation for the 2012-13 school year.

February 27, 2013

Clyde E. Lehmann, a teacher at Health Careers High School, has been selected as one of the 2013 honorees of the Texas Exes Award for Outstanding Teachers, sponsored by the Texas Exes (UT alumni association), the President's Office, and the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.

October 23, 2012

The Board of Trustees recognized Bobby Blount for his service as a member of the Board of Directors of Texas Association of School Boards.

October 23, 2012

Jennifer Cobin, a Communities In Schools intern at Westwood Terrace ES, was presented with the prestigious Northside Citizenship Award for helping to rescue two students who fell into a creek on their way to school Sept. 14. Cobin and another CIS staff member who were on their way to staff development saw two sisters who attend MLK Academy trying to cross a high-water crossing after missing their school bus. Without regard to their own safety, Cobin and her colleague jumped into the creek to rescue the students.

October 23, 2012

Members of the 2011-12 Administrative Internship Management (AIM) class were formally recognized by the Board for their accomplishments and presented with Certificates of Completion. The AIM class is a year-long program that identifies and trains current and potential administrators.

October 23, 2012

Kent Page, the science academic support teacher at Carnahan ES, has been named a finalist for the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program for the second time. The PAEMST program recognizes kindergarten through sixth grade math and science teachers whose innovative methods bring learning to life in the classroom. He is one of six finalists from Texas and now moves on to the national competition.

October 23, 2012

R.C. Rodríguez, Director of Bilingual and English as a Second Language, was recently honored with the distinguished 2012 Stéén Award. Stéén, which is a mixteca word meaning educating, was presented by Dr. José Ángel Córdova Villalobos, Mexico's Secretary of Public Education (SEP), and other Mexican dignitaries during a convocation held in August at the Ministry of Public Education of Mexico in Mexico City.

September 25, 2012

The Board of Trustees recognized outgoing members of the Northside Educational Improvement Council (NEIC), which includes 19 parents, community members, and business representatives appointed by Board members. In addition, 19 professional staff members and one paraprofessional elected by their peers also serve on the Council.

September 25, 2012

For the fourth consecutive year, NISD can claim a Region 20 Teacher of the Year - times two for this year. Barbara Purkhiser, a second grade teacher at Galm ES, is the Region 20 Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Theresa Heim, the AVID coordinator and reading teacher at Connally MS, is the Region 20 Secondary Teacher of the Year. Heim recently was named one of six finalists in the state and will now vie for Secondary Teacher of the Year. Both Heim and Purkhiser will be honored at a luncheon in Austin on Oct.

September 25, 2012

Linda Gann, Northside Secondary Math Specialist, was chosen as the E. Glenadine Gibb Achievement Award winner by the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (TCTM). This award recognizes contributions to the improvement of mathematics education at the state and/or national level.

September 25, 2012

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Northside ISD by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The District has received this award for the past 20 years.

September 25, 2012

Member volunteers of the 2011-12 School Boundary Advisory Committee (SBAC) were formally recognized by the Board for their service and were presented with certificates of recognition. The SBAC is responsible for reviewing all boundary changes, holding public hearings, and presenting recommendations to the Board of Trustees. The committee is composed of two patrons from each middle school attendance area in NISD who are parents of elementary, middle, or high school-age students. Outgoing members and the middle school area they represent include:

May 22, 2012

Faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio, a member of the University Council for Educational Administration, presented Superintendent Dr. John Folks with the 2012 Excellence in Education Leadership Award in recognition of extraordinary commitment and support for the improved preparation of school administrators.

May 22, 2012

Emily Swoboda, an English teacher at Communications Arts HS, won the prestigious leadership award at the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards recently in Houston. Swoboda received $10,000 for herself and another $10,000 for her school. More than 4,000 nominations were submitted this year by H-E-B customers, employees, and community members. In March, Swoboda was announced as a finalist in the leadership category, which honors teachers with 10 to 20 years of experience in the classroom.

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