26 Texas schools earn 2011 Blue Ribbon honors
AUSTIN – Twenty-six Texas schools today won the prestigious 2011 Blue Ribbon Schools award from the U.S. Department of Education.
This program has recognized more than 6,500 of America's most successful schools, including about 500 Texas schools, since its creation in 1982. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools. The schools are selected based on one of two criteria:
• schools that dramatically improve student performance to high levels on state tests;
• schools whose students achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests.
The nominated public schools were recommended by a Texas Education Agency committee that examined student achievement statistics for the more than 8,000 public school and charter campuses in the state. The schools selected have demonstrated success in closing the achievement gap and each school has an economically disadvantaged population of 40 percent or greater.
Schools nominated by TEA for the award serve as models of best practices for schools across the state.
The award-winning schools will be recognized at the Blue Ribbon School conference Nov. 14-15 at the Washington, D.C. Omni Shoreham Hotel.
The schools selected for the Improvement category are:
Alpine ISD*: Wayne Mitchell, interim superintendent Alpine High School: Verl L. O’Bryant, principal
Beaumont ISD: Carrol Thomas, superintendent Martin Elementary School (formerly Lucas Elementary School): Martha Fowler, principal2
Breckenridge ISD*: Jennings Teel, superintendent Breckenridge Junior High School: Jessica Stapp, principal
Corrigan-Camden ISD *: Thomas Bowman, superintendent Corrigan-Camden High School: Elisha Bell, principal Corpus Christi ISD: D. Scott Elliff, superintendent Blanche Moore Elementary School: Janie Vela, principal
El Paso ISD: Terri Jordan, interim superintendent Coldwell Elementary School: Jason Yturralde, principal
Mount Pleasant ISD*: Lynn Dehart, superintendent Annie Sims Elementary School: Pam McCollum, principal
Richardson ISD: Kay E. Waggoner, superintendent Westwood Junior High Math, Science, Leadership Magnet School: Troy Gray, principal
Sharyland ISD*: Scott B. Owings, superintendent B. L. Gray Junior High School: Cynthia Wilson, principal Sharyland North Junior High School: Leticia Leal, principal
Socorro ISD*: Xavier de la Torre, superintendent Escontrias Elementary School: Magdalena Aguilar, principal
Stamford ISD*: Arthur Casey, superintendent Oliver Elementary School: Susan Mueller, principal
The schools that were selected to receive the award in the High Performing Schools category are:
Dallas ISD: Alan King, interim superintendent Dallas Environmental Science Academy: Angela West, principal Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School: Vivian Taylor, principal Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services: Alice Black, principal School of Science and Engineering: Jovan Wells, principal
El Paso ISD: Terri Jordan, interim superintendent Silva Magnet School for Health Professions: Fred Rojas, principal
Galveston ISD*:Larry Nichols, superintendent Austin Middle School: Cathy Vanness, principal
Houston ISD: Terry B. Grier, superintendent E. A. “Squatty” Lyons Elementary School: Cecilia Gonzales, principal Eastwood Academy High School: Paula Fendley, principal Challenge Early College High School: Tonya Miller, principal
La Porte ISD*: Lloyd W. Graham, superintendent Lomax Elementary School: Vickie Gentile, principal3
Nederland ISD*: Robert Madding, superintendent Hillcrest Elementary School: Karen Noble, principal
Rising Star ISD*: Max Thompson, superintendent Rising Star Elementary School: Barbara Long, principal
Spring Branch ISD: Duncan Klussmann, superintendent Westchester Academy for International Studies: Natalie Blasingame, principal
YES Public Schools: Jason Bernal, chief executive officer YES Prep Southwest Campus: Christopher Claflin, school director
* This is the first Blue Ribbon School nomination for the district.
Additional information about the program and past award winners can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html.