Q & A with Hamilton Middle School Principal Wendy Hampton

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Hamilton Middle School Principal Wendy Hampton said began teaching math at Hughes Springs High School at “the ripe old age of 21.” She left education for two years but said “you can’t run from what you are most passionate about, so it did not take me long to come back to public schools.” She began teaching in the Houston Independent School District in 2006 at Stevenson Middle School. This marks her 17th year in education and sixth year as a campus administrator.

HISD helps under-served students ‘emerge’

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There is no doubt that Waltrip High School’s Joey Hernandez is college material. He will be the school’s valedictorian, although he is too modest to tell you that himself. He takes all AP classes this year and last year scored a 5 on both his English and U.S. History exams. He wants to study neuroscience because his youngest brother is autistic – and although Joey has spent a lot of a lot of time going to conferences and reading books about how to help his brother and others like him – he knows there’s a lot left to learn.

Children’s author speaks at OFE about bullying

Otoshi’s presentation invites participation from students. Photo by Betsy Denson.

by Betsy Denson betsy@theleadernews.com Author and illustrator Kathryn Otoshi had the full attention of Oak Forest Elementary School students this week when she talked about a new student she’d had in her class back when she was in fourth grade. Otoshi told the students that she was taken with Ming because “she looked like me.” […]

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.

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.”