Photo by Mima Trujillo
Students from Goose Creek Memorial High School (bottom, from left) Emily Wilson, Faith King and Valerie Peña, honor their teachers (top, from left) Patricia Cheshire, Linda LeDay and Deborah Turner at the recent Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation’s Students Choice Awards.
IMPACT Early College High School students (bottom, from left) Paulina Valencia, Amanda Thomas and Chelsea Rivera enjoy the annual Students Choice Awards with their teachers (top, from left) Eva Bradford, Pam Bradford, Mike Perez and Sam Spears. Not pictured is IMPACT student Alejandra Quintanilla.
Robert E. Lee High School students (bottom, from left) Mariel Perez, John William, Carlos Morales and Ruben Torres nominated their teachers (top, from left) Tavia Gamboa, Sergeant Major Scott Helms (Ret.), Canji Rhodes and Patricia Weakley for the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation’s Students Choice Awards.
Students from Ross S. Sterling High School (bottom, from left) Yatzari Gaeta, Montrell Jeffery and Angel Rodriguez pose with their teachers (top, from left) Scott Johnson, Beth Woods, Ian Sobczak and Francis Roberson. Not pictured is Kaitlyn Gustafson.
Education Foundation Recognizes Students Choice Winners
By: Susan Passmore
Almost everyone remembers special teachers who made a difference in their lives. For the ninth year, the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation gave 15 seniors an opportunity to honor their favorite teachers at the Students Choice Awards Banquet at Royal Purple Raceway’s Woodforest Bank Tower Club.
Seniors from all four high schools were asked to write a letter about a teacher who made a difference. A committee reviewed more than 600 letters and selected 15 for the Students Choice Awards. Event sponsors were Aramark; Awards and Engraving; Beehive Florist; Comex Corporation; Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co. and Royal Purple Raceway Park. The meal was donated by Texas Roadhouse. The Goose Creek Memorial High School Orchestra, under the direction of Reuben Chance, provided music.
Erika Foster, Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation director, introduced Laurie Terry, Foundation president, who welcomed guests. Michelle Bitterly led the pledge and the invocation was given by Gilbert Santana. After dinner, Ronnie Hotchkiss, president-elect, spoke to the guests, followed by some information about the Foundation presented by Randal O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent. A video of the students and teachers by Carrie Pryor-Newman, Foster and the Communications Department was shown, and students and teachers were recognized. Teachers received a plaque, donated by Awards & Engraving and a gift card, and students received a gift card.
Teachers and students recognized were Emily Wilson from Goose Creek Memorial High School and her teacher Patricia Cheshire from GCM; Faith King from GCM and her teacher Linda LeDay from Bañuelos Elementary; Valerie Peña and her teacher Deborah Turner from GCM; Paulina Valencia from IMPACT Early College and her teacher Eva Bradford from Highlands Junior; Amanda Thomas from IMPACT and her teacher Pam Bradford from Carver Elementary; Chelsea Rivera from IMPACT and her teacher Mike Perez from Highlands Elementary and Alejandra Quintanilla from IMPACT and her teacher Sam Spears from Horace Mann Junior.
The second group of teachers and students recognized were Mariel Perez from Robert E. Lee High School and her teacher Tavia Robertson Gamboa from Baytown Junior; John William from REL and his teacher Sergeant Major Scott Helms (Ret.) from REL; Carlos Morales from REL and his teacher Canji Rhodes from REL; Ruben Torres from REL and his teacher Patricia Weakley from REL; Yatzari Gaeta from Ross S. Sterling High School and her teacher Scott Johnson from RSS; Kaitlyn Gustafson from RSS and her teacher Francis Roberson from RSS; Angel Rodriguez from RSS and her teacher Ian Sobczak from Stuart Career Center and Montrell Jeffery and his teacher Beth Woods from RSS.
Excerpts from students’ letters were compiled in a commemorative program.
“I want to be an elementary school teacher one day and hope that I can be the kind of teacher she is,” Amanda Thomas said of Pam Bradford, her former elementary teacher from Carver. “Mrs. Bradford taught me to love learning, which I want to pass on to not only my children someday, but every student that walks through my future classroom.”
Alejandra Quintanilla from IMPACT Early College High School nominated Sam Spears, her former science teacher at Horace Mann Junior School.
“He taught me many valuable life lessons that still stick with me today and for that, I am very grateful. He always knew what to say and how to say it to make me feel better,” Alejandra said.
The Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation supports educational excellence to enhance student achievement, to recognize exemplary staff involvement and to foster community support. Established in 2009, the Foundation has awarded more than $971,700 for innovative teaching grants to Goose Creek CISD teachers to enrich the curriculum. Along with designated funds, the Foundation has donated more than $1 million to the benefit of Goose Creek CISD over the past nine years.
To contribute to the Foundation, contact Erika Foster, Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation director at P. O. Box 8081, Baytown, TX 77522, or call 281-707-3610 or check out the website at http://www.gccisd.net/page.EducationFoundation.
Photo by Susan Passmore
Steve Barron from Stuart Career Center shows his excitement at being awarded $2,100 from the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation for his grant, “Diagnoses With Thermal Imager.” He is surrounded by members of the Foundation along with Cap Roder, SCTHS principal.
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Anjali Singh, who teaches Engineer Your World in the Robert E. Lee High School STEM Academy, celebrates with students in her class, Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation members and district administrators after the Foundation funds her grant, “Engineer Your World,” with a check for $1,000.
Jim Wadzinski (left), vice president of development of the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation, helps the Grant Surprise Patrol present Janie West, librarian at Baytown Junior School, with a check for $1,827.99 for “Changing Dreams into Reality; Virtually.”
The Foundation recently awarded more than $141,700 in innovative teaching grants to Goose Creek CISD teachers.
Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman
Judy Jirrels (third row, third from left) and her students at Alamo Elementary show their enthusiasm as she receives a grant for $728 for “Guided and Independent Reading” from the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation.
Photo by Betty Baca
Harlem Elementary teachers, encouraged by their principal Betty Baca, got creative in applying for grants from the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation and were awarded six grants, totaling $10,000. Pictured are (bottom row, left to right) Alexa Arndt, Gabiola Avena, (top row, left to right) Shelena Hickman, Angelica Cuevas, Kerri Scheu, Stephanie Stover, Bekki Bishop and Daisy Alcazar.
Gosh Tournament Benefits GCCISD Education Foundation
By: Susan Passmore
The course was in good shape and the fish were biting at the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation’s recent inaugural Gosh Tournament, presented by Hotchkiss Disposal at Kingwood Country Club. Gosh, a combination of fishing and playing golf consisted of three team members playing golf and one fishing on the 15 fishable holes along the course. Fish caught on a hole were subtracted from the golf score for a Gosh score.
Hotchkiss Disposal served as the Diamond sponsor, with Patients ER and Rotary Club of Baytown as Platinum sponsors. Community Toyota*Honda*Kia, R & D Farms and H & H Tractor and Lawn Supply were Gold sponsors. Silver sponsors were Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., LP; Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union; Key Truck Sales, Inc.; McGriff, Seibels & Williams; BDI Resources; Pfluger Architects; Awards and Engraving; Community Bank of Texas and ExxonMobil. Community Resource Credit Union sponsored the beverage cart, and Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital sponsored the golf carts. Twenty-one tee box sponsors contributed, and Chick-fil-A served cookies as a tent sponsor. The fundraising efforts totaled more than $44,000 for the Education Foundation.
Twenty-four teams participated, and volunteers from the Education Foundation as well as the school district and community set up silent auction items, registered the teams, shuttled fishermen to the ponds, monitored the holes and measured the fish, making sure no one got credit for “the one that got away.” Lunch was served before the event and snacks were provided before the awards ceremony.
First place for their Gosh score as well as first for their golf score was awarded to Tim McKensie, Jarrod Brooks, Eddie Bonilla and Kevin Keltz from Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union. Second place for Gosh went to Community*Toyota*KIA’s team of Stuart Lloyd, John Sparks and Jim Wadzinski. Second place for golf went to the team of Brandon Sweeney, Rick Winship, Tim Mock and Justin Graves.
Third place for both Gosh and golf went to Patients ER Team #1, comprised of Adam Carroll, Gilbert Mena, Stephen Owens and Adam Shibley. Biggest Fish was awarded to Jerry Vige from Patients ER Team #2, and the Most Fish award went to Community Toyota*Honda*KIA’s team of Lloyd, Sparks and Wadzinski. Stuart Spears won Longest Drive and Keltz was Closest to the Pin. Winners received plaques donated by Awards and Engraving, and first place winners received fishing poles, donated by Ryan Foster.
“Special thanks to all our sponsors, golfers and volunteers. We could not have done it without you. With your support, I hope to make this an annual event that will bring the community together and raise funds for the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation so that we are able to give back to the teachers and students of Goose Creek CISD. Your participation means so much,” said Erika Foster, Education Foundation director.
The Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation supports educational excellence to enhance student achievement, to recognize exemplary staff involvement and to foster community support. Since its inception in 2009, the Education Foundation has awarded $830,000 in innovative teaching grants to Goose Creek CISD educators and recognized 120 teachers, nominated by their students for making a difference in their lives, at the annual Students Choice Awards.
To donate to the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation, please visit the website at www.gccisd.net/page/EducationFoundation.contribute or contact Erika Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-707-3610.
Getting reading for the inaugural Gosh Tournament, presented by Hotchkiss Disposal Service and benefitting the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation, are (from left) Sammy Hotchkiss; Erika Foster, director of the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation; Randal O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent; Jim Wadzinski, Foundation vice president of development; Daphna Hotchkiss; Tracey Prothro, Foundation vice president of programs; Steve Daniele, Foundation member; Ryan Hotchkiss and Ronnie Hotchkiss, Foundation member-at-large and president-elect. “Gosh” is a combination of golf and fishing.
Gosh Tournament Benefits GCCISD Education Foundation
By Susan Passmore
Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman
Gracie Cano (third from left) and Genoveva Cardenas (fourth from left), employees at Ross S. Sterling High School, prepare to take the mattresses, donated by Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. through the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation, home for their children. Also pictured are (from left) Jon Howerton from Mattress Firm; Sandra Bell, Education Foundation member; Ginger McKay, director of federal programs for GCCISD; Erika Foster, Education Foundation director; Ryan Foster from Envasco; Mike Salgy, Chevron Phillips training coordinator, and Rafael Cantu, GCCISD Warehouse supervisor.
Chevron Phillips Donates to Provide Mattresses
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