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Visions: It does take a village for HISD schools

Visions: It does take a village for HISD schools

It is the families with young children who are changing the face of many Leader neighborhoods.

Jennifer Barrientez is new Stevens Elementary Principal

On one hand, new Stevens Elementary Principal Jennifer Barrientez is very analytical. She says that she believes in looking at data to drive the decision making process. That’s what she did when she was researching Stevens in Oak Forest, 1910 Lamonte, and going through the interview process with HISD.

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New principal at FBMS is ready to continue momentum

Paolo Castagnoli’s workday commute is getting ready to drastically improve. The Oak Forest resident, who for the last four years has been Dean of Students at East Early College High School in east downtown, has been named the new principal at Frank Black Middle School.

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New principal at Stevens Elementary

Mrs. Jennifer Barrientez has been selected as the new principal of Stevens Elementary.

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Local Pre-K problem has a happy ending

Oak Forest’s Erin Palkot thought she had her daughter’s pre-K program wrapped up. Palkot’s daughter was accepted to Harvard Elementary’s paid Pre-K 4 program for the fall. She sent in her money, attended a Round Up at the school, and paid for school supplies and uniform components.

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Leader elementary school teachers earn top nods

Three teachers from Leader elementary schools have earned teacher of the year nods from their respective campuses. They were selected by a faculty vote at the schools.

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Band teacher is Clifton Middle School’s teacher of the year

Who says music isn’t valued in schools? Chris Pratt, the band teacher for 6-8 grade, was named Clifton Middle School’s teacher of the year.

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The Next Step Academy: a new approach to autism

Barbara Haney’s son Bobby is one of the 1 in 68 US children who have an autism spectrum disorder. “At six years of age, even with four years of therapy under his belt, he still couldn’t talk, couldn’t focus, couldn’t sit still or follow the simplest of instructions,” said his mother Barbara Haney. “He’d been in therapy since he was two but no school would take him.”

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Hamilton Middle School names Teacher of the Year

Brian Sonnier had been nominated for Hamilton Middle School’s Teacher of the Year for the last five years – and been selected bilingual ESL teacher five times – but this year was his first to take all-school honors.

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Sinclair Elementary’s Augustine named HISD Teacher of the Year

Sinclair Elementary’s John Augustine had never gone to HISD’s Celebration of Excellence before, but he made his first appearance count.

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