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September 20, 2010

IISD Honors Teachers of the Year

Laurie Johansen, fifth grade gifted and talented (GT) teacher at Lee Elementary School, and Juan Frausto, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher and AVID site manager at de Zavala Middle School, were honored as Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year during the IISD Board of Trustees meeting at Singley Academy September 20.

Johansen began her career in 1972 as a substitute teacher in Irving ISD. She served in that role until 1973, and again as substitute from 1988-1991. She became fifth grade teacher at Lee in 1991, and has served as fifth grade GT teacher at Lee since 1997.

Johansen earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in 1972, majoring in French, Spanish and secondary education. She earned certification in Texas history in 1972 from University of Texas at Arlington and became certified in elementary self-contained education from University of Dallas in 1991. Johansen earned gifted and talented certification from University of North Texas in 1998 and earned certification in English as a second language in 2006.

“Another personal belief that I convey to my students is that they will all learn in my room, and that they will have a great time learning,” Johansen said. “I tell them that they are all on the same train, going to the same place, but that they may all get on at different stations. In other words, they may not all understand a concept at the same time, but they will understand it. I do not give up, and neither can they.”

Frausto began his career at Driscoll Middle School in Corpus Christi ISD in 1998, then left the teaching field to work as a host and producer for a children’s television show on the NBC channel 23 affiliate in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Following a second stint with another television network, Frausto returned to education in 2002 as a high school theater arts teacher for Pace High School in Brownsville ISD. He joined Irving ISD at John Haley Elementary School in 2003 as fifth grade bilingual teacher. Frausto transferred to de Zavala Middle School in 2006, teaching theater arts, video production, and then becoming AVID teacher and site coordinator.

After attending classes at University of Texas at Brownsville, Frausto transferred to Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater in 1998. He then enrolled at Brookhaven College in Dallas in 2006 and 2007 to take photography classes for personal development.

“I don’t know if I have made any significant contributions or accomplishments in education, either because I’m too busy teaching or am simply not aware of it,” Frausto said. “One thing is for sure, I’d like to think and believe that I have helped guide, educate, inspire and empower a future lawyer, CEO, doctor, governor or even a President of the Untied States…better yet a teacher. These, I believe are my contributions and accomplishments.

Chosen from among 38 Campus Teachers of the Year from across the district, Johansen and Frausto received a total of $750 from Irving Schools Foundation, the use of a car for one school year from Don Herring Mitsubishi, resolutions from state representatives Linda Harper-Brown and Kirk England, an engraved plaque, jewelry from Gold ‘n Carats, and a photo by Jeb Gordon.

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The IISD Board of Trustees honors Laurie Johansen, fifth grade gifted and talented (GT) teacher at Lee Elementary School, for being named district Elementary Teacher of the Year.

 

The IISD Board of Trustees honors Juan Frausto, AVID teacher and AVID site manager at de Zavala Middle School, for being named district Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Trustees Recognize Campus Teachers of the Year

Campus Teachers of the Year, chosen from the 38 IISD schools and learning centers, were recognized at the September 20 Board meeting. The Board presented each teacher with $250 from Irving Schools Foundation, a framed certificate, and a photo by Jeb Gordon.

Campus Teachers of the Year are: Tracy Womble, CTE teacher at Irving High School; Janice Battles, English teacher at MacArthur High School; Bernard Manale, special education teacher at Nimitz High School; Phillip Hubbard, algebra teacher at Singley Academy; Terri Buckerfield, CTE teacher at Cardwell Career Preparatory Center; Meredith Fiaccone, special education teacher at Austin Middle School; Donald Cummings, reading teacher at Bowie Middle School; Pam Lawson, science teacher at Crockett Middle School; Shane Smith, math teacher at Houston Middle School; Kara Noah, science teacher at Lamar Middle School; Lisa Austin, science teacher at Travis Middle School; Freddie Brigham, teacher at Secondary Reassignment Center; Gerri Godsey, teacher at Wheeler Transition & Development Center; Carmen Ponce Rodriguez, bilingual third grade teacher at Barton Elementary School; Kami Burgin, first grade teacher at Brandenburg Elementary School; Juanita Martinez, bilingual third grade teacher at Britain Elementary School; Jila Zonozy, special education teacher at Brown Elementary School; Camila Douglas, third grade teacher at Davis Elementary School; Carrie Davila, third grade teacher at Elliott Elementary School; Benjamin Moreno, fourth grade dual language teacher at Farine Elementary School; Susan Sain, first grade teacher at Gilbert Elementary School; Dana Crow, second grade ESL teacher at Good Elementary School; Lisa Porter, fifth grade GT teacher at John Haley Elementary School; Amy Walker, first grade teacher at Thomas Haley Elementary School; Cassie Cox, third grade teacher at Hanes Elementary School; Katie O’Gorman, math intervention teacher at Johnston Elementary School; Florida Jones, first grade teacher at Keyes Elementary School; Jennifer LeGuen, third grade teacher at Lively Elementary School; Karen Lowman, music teacher at Schulze Elementary School; Kay Heldman, fourth grade teacher at Stipes Elementary School; Jaime Fischer, fifth grade GT teacher at Townley Elementary School; Michelle Young, third-fifth grade AMI teacher at Townsell Elementary School; Sharon Graber, prekindergarten teacher at Clifton Early Childhood School; Amber Witcher, prekindergarten teacher at Kinkeade Early Childhood School; and Kim Arrington, prekindergarten teacher at Pierce Early Childhood School.

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Teachers of the Year from each IISD school and learning center process into the Board of Trustees meeting September 20, at which each teacher was recognized by the Board for their accomplishment. For pictures of each teacher,  click here.

Exemplary, Recognized Schools Honored

The Board of Trustees honored the two schools rated as “Exemplary” and 19 schools rated “Recognized” by the Texas Education Agency 2009 Texas School Accountability Rating System. The two Exemplary schools are John Haley Elementary School and Schulze Elementary School. The 19 Recognized schools are Irving High School, MacArthur High School, Singley Academy, Austin Middle School, Bowie Middle School, Crockett Middle School, de Zavala Middle School, Houston Middle School, Lamar Middle School, Travis Middle School, Brandenburg Elementary School, Britain Elementary School, Brown Elementary School, Farine Elementary School, Good Elementary School, Keyes Elementary School, Lively Elementary School, Stipes Elementary School, and Townley Elementary School.

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Trustees recognize Austin Middle School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Bowie Middle School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Brandenburg Elementary School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Barton Elementary School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Brown Elementary School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Crockett Middle School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize de Zavala Middle School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Farine Elementary School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Good Elementary School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Houston Middle School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Irving High School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Keyes Elementary School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Lamar Middle School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Lively Elementary School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize MacArthur High School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Singley Academy for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Stipes Elementary School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Townley Elementary School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.
Trustees recognize Travis Middle School for having earned a TEA Recognized rating.

 


 

The IISD Board of Trustees recognizes Steven Wurtz, principal at Schulze Elementary School, and Karen Lowman, Campus Teacher of the Year at Schulze, for the school having earned the TEA Exemplary rating for 2010-2011.

The IISD Board of Trustees recognizes Robyn Bowling, principal at John Haley Elementary School, and Lisa Porter, Campus Teacher of the Year at John Haley, for the school having earned the TEA Exemplary rating for 2010-2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board Calendar

September  2010

22 College Night
at Singley Academy, 6:30 pm

October 2010

4 Board of Trustees Meeting
Administration Building,  7 pm
7 Parent Conference Day
(Early Dismissal)
11 Student Holiday / Teacher Staff Development Day
(Fair Day)
18 Board of Trustees Meeting
Administration Building,  7 pm

November 2010

15 Board of Trustees Meeting
Administration Building,  7 pm
22-23 Student Holiday / Teacher Staff Development Day
24-26 Student / Teacher Holiday
(Thanksgiving)

December 2010

13
         
Board of Trustees Meeting
Administration Building,  7 pm
20-31 Winter Break

January 2011

13-14 Semester Exam Day
14 Last Day of First Semester
17 Student / Teacher Holiday
(MLK DAY)
18 Student Holiday /
Teacher Work Day
19 First Day of Second Semester
24 Board of Trustees Meeting
Administration Building,  7 pm

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In Other Business, Trustees:

bulletApproved minutes of the noon work session and regular board meeting on Monday, August 30, 2010.
bulletApproved financial statement for July 2010.
bulletApproved Resolution & Order #10-11-01 accepting supplements to the Irving ISD tax rolls.
bulletApproved Resolution & Order #10-11-02 accepting Irving ISD partial tax roll for 2010.
bulletApproved Resolution & Order #10-11-03 adopting changes in the property tax roll, directing changes, and to correct errors in the roll.
bulletApproved Resolution #10-11-01 authorizing purchase of Computrace laptop tracking by Absolute Software through an agreement with Dell at a total cost for software and one year of service not to exceed $188,985.
bulletApproved Resolution #10-11-02 accepting schematic design for Brandenburg Elementary School 2007 bond construction project.
bulletApproved Resolution #10-11-03 accepting schematic design for Good Elementary School 2007 bond construction project.
bulletApproved Resolution #10-11-04 accepting schematic design for Davis Elementary School 2007 bond construction project.
bulletApproved Resolution #10-11-05 accepting construction documents phase for Bowie Middle School 2007 bond construction project to be completed at an estimated cost of $12,432,065.
bulletApproved Resolution #10-11-06 authorizing purchase of the GE access control keyless entry system for district Food Service Department through an agreement with Siemens Industry, Inc, at a total cost of $180,700 to be paid for from Food Service Department funds.
bulletApproved Resolution #10-11-07 authorizing purchase of Mindworks after-school curriculum for schools participating in the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant at a cost not to exceed $92,935 to be paid for with grant funds.
bulletApproved Resolution #10-11-08 extending contractual services of Injury Management Organization for two additional years for cost containment/bill auditing services for the district self-insured workers’ compensation program.
bulletApproved Resolution #10-11-09 extending contractual services of Tristar Risk Management for two additional years as claims administrator of the district self-insured workers’ compensation program.
bulletApproved Resolution #10-11-10 renewing property/casualty coverages with Texas Association of School Boards for the 2010-2011 policy period.
bulletApproved a three-year expedited waiver adjusting the timeline for providing accelerated instruction for students who fail the third administration of TAKS in order to provide additional instruction and support needed in math and reading for grades 5 and 8.
bulletApproved Resolution & Order #10-11-04 amending multi-year construction budget and 2010-2011 capital projects budget to allocate funding for asbestos abatement at Travis Middle School; to formally liquidate remaining funds for Singley Academy, Johnston Elementary School and Ratteree Career Development Center; and to update bond interest earnings.
bulletApproved Resolution #10-11-11 accepting the election, renewal and resignation of employees as recommended by the superintendent of Schools.
bulletReceived report on 2010-2011 proposed boundary change involving the release of a Request for Proposals for vendors to facilitate the overall change in district boundaries for the next school year.
bulletDiscussed renaming the Secondary Reassignment Center in honor or in memory of a person, as are the rest of the schools and learning centers in IISD.

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