Rising Stars 2011SAISD’s classroom ‘Rising Stars’ shine bright
The efforts of four new teachers are so outstanding they already have captured the superintendent’s attention.
They are SAISD’s 2011 constellation of Rising Stars, and were among 52 nominees (names and schools below) Districtwide honored during a May 24 awards ceremony.
Recipients and their subjects and/or grade levels taught and schools are: Virginia Boyce - bilingual pre-kindergarten, Rogers ES; David Nungaray - 4th-grade bilingual, Bonham Academy; Brandon Honore - social studies, Twain MS; and Mary Kate Raffetto - math, Brackenridge HS.
Now in its third year, Rising Stars was instituted by Dr. Robert J. Durón to recognize exceptional new teachers for their dedication, initiative, and positive influence on schools and students.
Recipients were chosen by the superintendent following a nomination process that began with their principals.
Criteria was based upon ability to demonstrate an exceptional understanding and implementation of best instructional practices, classroom management techniques, and professional collaboration.
Nominees next were rated by a committee of principals and other SAISD professionals.
Each Rising Star received a trophy and a $250 voucher from Learning Zone to purchase school supplies.
Rising Star Nominee Campus
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTERS
Chaka Burroughs Carroll Early Childhood Center
Patricia Moreno Carvajal Early Childhood Center
Margaret Botello Collins Garden Elementary
Gilbert Medrano De Zavala Elementary
Madeleine Brooks Maverick Elementary
Lisa Walsh Miller Elementary
Virginia Boyce Rogers Elementary
Esther Kwak Woodlawn Elementary
Cynthia Rodriguez Ball Elementary
Stacy Griffith Barkley-Ruiz Academy
Stephanie Blundell Baskin Academy
Caitlin Dempsey Beacon Hill Elementary
David Nungaray Bonham Academy
Richard Sendejo Bowden Elementary
Kathryn Gundersen Brewer Elementary
Natasha Dennis Cameron Elementary
Lisa Mendez Cotton Elementary
Elsa Stephanie Herrera Highland Hills Elementary
Cortney Haddon J. T. Brackenridge Elementary
Julianne Carlson Ogden Elementary
Grace VanVoorhis Pershing Elementary
Eddy Hernandez Perez Rodriguez Elementary
Sarah Hargis Sarah King Elementary
Kenya Maldonado Smith Elementary
Sean Burke Stewart Elementary
LaShanda Cummings-Robinson W.W. White Elementary
Justin Scarbrough Washington Elementary
MIDDLE SCHOOL & ACADEMIES
Alexandria Howell Connell Middle School
Emma McCormick Davis Middle School
Cirilo Campos Irving Middle School
Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Darden Longfellow Middle School
Lisa Billings M. L. King Academy
Linda Evans Page Middle School
Jeffrey Reamer Poe Middle School
Rebecca Lopez Rhodes Middle School
Stephanee Savell Rogers Middle School
Marcella Ovalle Tafolla Middle School
Brandon Honore Twain Middle School
Andrew Campos Wheatley Middle School
Antonio X. Juarez Whittier Middle School
Jessalyn Bernhard Young Women's Leadership Acad.
Shannon Yrle Adult Years Vocational Program
Mary K. Raffetto Brackenridge High School
Joseph Mirarchi Burbank High School
Benjamin Mendoza Edison High School
Amanda Martinez Estrada Achievement Center
Abby Wiatrek Fox Tech High School
Caitlin Minarchek Highlands High School
Leslie Holland Jefferson High School
Valeria Escobedo Lanier High School
Valerie Brown Sam Houston High School
Jennifer Lee-Chang Travis Early College High School
To transform SAISD into a national model urban school district where every child graduates and is educated so that he or she is prepared to be a contributing member of the community.
Our primary purpose of improving lives through a quality education is driven by an unrelenting determination to graduate all of our students and prepare them for success in higher education. Our ideology is reflected in our fundamental beliefs, commitments and core values that guide us in our daily practices.
- Student Centered
- High Expectations
- Every student can learn and achieve at high levels.
- We are responsible for the education and safety of every student.
- We are responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the school system.
- Everyone should be treated with respect.
- People support what they help create.