Partners in Education Newsletter - July 28, 2016

  • Greetings from Valerie.....
    Irving ISD is a dynamic district that has an abundance of outstanding programs and opportunities for our students, families, and the community. I am truly grateful to be part of such an amazing team - TEAM Irving - and am excited to expand my work with our schools, families and partners to make Irving ISD even greater.

    I look forward to working with you to maximize Irving ISD’s potential this school year. Partners’ support of our schools, students and staff is essential to district success. We have many opportunities for organizations and businesses to be involved in our schools. Please feel free to contact me if you or someone you know is interested in becoming an official Irving ISD Partner in Education.

    - Valerie Reyes-Braun



    New Contact for Partners in Education:

    Valerie Reyes-Braun

    new pie contact With nearly 15 years of experience in corporate and community relations, communications, event management and marketing, Valerie Reyes-Braun has been named assistant director of communications for Irving ISD. In this new role, Valerie will be responsible for all aspects of the Partners in Education (PIE) program including maintaining and strengthening existing partnerships as well as recruiting new partners to support Irving ISD students, staff and programs. In addition, she will oversee the district’s special events and marketing efforts.


    Since January 2014, Valerie has served as a communications and marketing coordinator with Irving ISD. Through this experience, she has had the benefit of celebrating the PIE program’s 30th Anniversary, interacting with many of the school district’s existing partners and building relationships within the greater Irving community. In her previous role as the executive director of Parents Step Ahead for five years, Valerie worked closely with school district officials as well as area business and organizational leaders. Prior to her work in Texas, Valerie served the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility in Washington, D.C. as its director of programs and initiatives as well as its manager of special events and corporate relations.


    She earned her bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and an event management certificate from The George Washington University.


    “Since she joined our team two and a half years ago, Valerie has been a tremendous asset to our organization,” says Lesley Weaver, division director of communications. “She brings energy, creativity and a desire to enhance the Irving ISD experience for students, families and community partners. Her professional experience coupled with her appreciation for community support and ideas to foster relationships with the business community make her an ideal person to lead the PIE program.” 


    Valerie can be reached at 972-600-5203 or


    Congratulations to Irving ISD Partners

    • Irving Hispanic Chamber The Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recently received The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) 2016 Medium Sized Chamber of the Year Award for the second consecutive year!


    • The Irving Schools Foundation has qualified as a “2016 Top-Rated ISF Nonprofit” by, and with your help the organization has a chance to win a $20,000 grant toward student and staff scholarships and school program development. You can support Irving Schools Foundation and the Irving ISD community by submitting a review at


    Partner Spotlight in District Magazine


    Be on the lookout for the summer 2016 issue of Irving ISD magazine, IMPACT, to be released next week. We are pleased to highlight Citi’s “growing legacy of giving” and the many ways they support Irving ISD students and staff.

    Mark Your Calendars


    August 12, 2016: Back-to-School Luncheon - Chamber event to kick off the school year and welcome new IISD educators, school leaders and more



    August 22, 2016: First day of school - You can help our students get excited for the new school year by posting, tagging and using #iisdfirstday on back-to-school messages on Twitter (@irvingisd) and Facebook (IrvingISDSchools)

    Contact the Irving ISD communications office at 972-600-5200 for more details. 
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