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.
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