|Special Presentations Named as SBISD's November Employee of the Month was our Purchasing Department Buyer Gerald McCall. Her nomination was supported by staff in SBISD's Purchasing and Planning & Construction departments.|
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As the district's furniture and fixtures buyer, Gerald has worked with great professional skill on many 2007 Bond facilities projects.
As new schools are built or facilities renovated, Gerald has coordinated multiple projects with Planning & Construction employees, architects, and campus leaders, as well as many others. She is often first on a building site and does not leave until late.
Her design and buying background can be seen in many projects, including the Guthrie Center's Culinary Arts project, the new Technology Training Center's sleek, modern work spaces and the many rebuilt elementary schools across the school district.
November's Volunteer of the Month is Bruce Rollins, who has been a mentor for several years at Northbrook Middle School. He currently mentors three students there on many afternoons. His students has improved their grades and work ethic.
Mr. Bruce, as he is affectionately called, is a swimming instructor at the local Clay Road YMCA where he has taught swim lessons to Buffalo Creek Elementary students for a decade. He mentors many of these students, too, by taking an interest in their activities and progress.
Volunteering and mentoring are family activities in the Rollins home. His wife, Elaine, has mentored a former Northbrook Middle student for six years, too. Her student will graduate this spring.
In a separate Board recognition, Sandy Zarea of Landrum Middle School was honored after being recently named TexTESOL IV Middle School Teacher of the Year. The acronym means Texas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
TexTESOL IV is one of five area affiliates. The Texas education group's mission is to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages.
Sandy, who was named Teacher of the Year in October, has earned many awards in her 37-year teaching career, including campus Teacher of the Year (three times). Among other recognitions, she's received the J. Landon Short, Region IV Technology and Fund for Teachers grants.
"This is the teacher that every one of us wishes we had in middle school. She is a technological wizard, likes every subject that she teaches with an infectious enthusiasm, and has that strict, yet caring way about her that makes middle school students hang around her like mosquitoes around a bright light," one of her nominators said.
Naming FacilitiesLater, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to update its policy so that schools and facilities will no longer display exterior signage related to the State of Texas accountability rating system based on results or status.
Trustees have stated publicly for many years that they do not support the use of a single test or assessment to determine either student, school or district success.
In collaboration with parents, business partners, staff and student representatives, Trustees have worked with district leaders to develop the district's new strategic initiative known as The Spring Branch Plan.
This five-year goal has a singular goal of doubling the number of SBISD graduates completing some form of higher education - a technical certificate, two-year degree, or four-year college degree by 2017. This goal is known as Spring Branch T-2-4.
To read the Board's full press release on this topic, click here.