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ActionLine...Your Board Meeting Update May 21, 2014 Staff assignments approved Aldine ISD Trustees approved a number of staff assignments during their...
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ActionLine...Your Board Meeting Update May 21, 2014 Staff assignments approved Aldine ISD Trustees approved a number of staff assignments during their May 20 Board meeting. Dr. Crystal Watson was named principal of Nimitz High School after serving as principal of Nimitz Ninth Grade School. Dr. Watson received her bachelor’s degree in English in 1995 from Grambling State University and her master’s in English Literature from that same university in 1997. She acquired her certification in administration and supervision in 2001 from Texas Southern University. In 2007, she received her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Texas Southern University. She is certified as a principal. She began her career in education as an English teacher in 1996 at Pineview High School in Lisbon, LA. In 1997, she moved to Paul Dunbar Magnet Junior High School in Little Rock and taught seventh-grade English. Dr. Watson joined Aldine ISD in 1999 when she assumed the role as a ninth-grade English teacher at Nimitz Ninth Grade School. In 2004, she was named an assistant principal at Nimitz Ninth and moved to her current position as principal of the school in 2008. Dr. Watson has 18 years of experience in the field of education and she has spent 10 of those years with Aldine ISD. Scott Dubberke was named principal of Gray Elementary School after serving as an assistant principal at Gray. Dubberke received his bachelor’s degree in education in 1999 from Iowa State University and in 2006 he earned his master’s degree in administration from Sam Houston State University. He is certified as a principal. Dubberke began his teaching career with Aldine ISD in 1999 at Black Elementary School as a third- and fourth-grade teacher. In 2005, he transferred to Bussey Elementary School and became a curriculum specialist. He moved into his present position as an assistant principal at Gray Elementary School in 2006. Dubberke has spent all of his 14 years in education with Aldine ISD. Amanda O’Dowd was named an assistant principal at Goodman Elementary School after serving as a math skills specialist at Thompson Elementary School. O’Dowd received her bachelor’s degree in public relations/journalism in 2005 from Sam Houston State University. In 2010, she obtained her master’s in administration from that same university. She meets all district requirements for this position. She began her teaching career in Aldine ISD in 2007 at Keeble EC/Pre-K Center and transferred to Francis Elementary School where she taught second-grade English arts. In 2009, she moved to Thompson Elementary School where she taught first- second- and third-grade. She moved to her current position as a math skills specialist at that same school in 2012. O’Dowd has spent all seven of her years in education with Aldine ISD. Dawn Doucet was named an assistant principal at Bethune Academy after serving as a skills specialist at Francis Elementary School. Doucet received her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Texas Southern University in 1998 and her master’s degree in administration from Prairie View A&M University in 2004. She is certified as a

principal. She began her career with Houston ISD in 1998 as an ESL teacher and reading interventionist. She moved to Aldine ISD in 2002 to teach ESL, serve as a team leader and as a skills specialist at Carroll Academy. In 2012, she transferred to her present position as a skills specialist at Francis Elementary School. Doucet has 16 years of experience in the field of education and she has spent 12 of those years with Aldine ISD. Alexia Rogers was named an accountant at the Central Office after serving as an accountant in the construction department with Cy-Fair ISD. Rogers received her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1988. She meets all district requirements for this position. She began her career in accounting with Texas Commerce Bank as a financial accounting officer in 1989. From 1994-2000, she worked for Chase Bank and became the assistant vice-president of credit risk management during her time there. In 2012, she moved to her present position as an accountant in the construction department with CyFair ISD. Rogers has 13 years of experience in the field of accounting. Joe’Lee Jackson was named an accountant at the Central Office after serving as an accountant at Pioneer Exploration. Jackson received her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2012 from the University of Houston-Downtown. She meets all district requirements for this position. She began her accounting career in 2014 with Pioneer Exploration as an entry-level accountant. Jackson has six months of experience in the field of accounting. Robin Ross was named director of consolidated federal programs at the Financial Services Annex after serving as an assistant principal at Nimitz High School. Ross received her bachelor’s degree from Troy State University in 1999 and her master’s degree in 2008 from Sam Houston State University. She meets all district requirements for this position. She began her teaching career with Aldine ISD in 2000 as a social studies teacher at Aldine High School. She moved into her present position as an assistant principal at Nimitz High School in 2010. Ross has spent all of her 14 years in education with Aldine ISD. Craig Goralski was named Chief of Police of the Aldine Police Department after serving as assistant chief at METRO. Goralski received his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1988 from the University of Houston. He received his master’s degree in 1994 and a doctor of jurisprudence in 1994 from the University of Houston. In 2012, he also obtained a master’s of criminal justice leadership and management from Sam Houston State University. He meets all district requirements for this position. He began his career in law enforcement in 1982 as a patrol officer with the Houston Police Department. In 1986, he became a sergeant with the department of Patrol and Jail Operations. In 1990, he was promoted to lieutenant with the Employment Services Section and Dispatch Division. In 1991, he moved to work with the Executive Board Administration as a lieutenant. A year later, he served as a lieutenant with the Legal Services Unit. He was named captain in 1998 at the Central Intake Office and moved to the Northeast Division in 2000. He continued as a captain in 2005 with the Training Division and the Professional Development Command. In 2006, he worked as a captain with the Internal Investigations Command before assuming the same position in the Special Crimes Division in 2009. In 2010, he became acting assistant chief with the Criminal Investigations Command and in 2011 he became captain in the Special Crimes Division. Goralski moved to his current position of assistant chief of

police with METRO in 2011. Goralski has 32 years of experience in the law enforcement field. Frank Cisneros was named assistant principal at Hoffman Middle School after serving as a special education teacher at Odom Elementary School. Cisneros received his bachelor’s degree in game and simulation programming from DeVry University in 2008. In 2011, he received his bachelor’s degree in history from Texas A&M University and earned his master’s degree in public school administration in 2014 from that same university. He meets all district requirements for this position. He began his teaching career in 2011 at Harmony Science Academy as a kindergarten through sixth-grade physical education teacher. In 2013, he moved to his current position as a special education teacher at Odom Elementary School. Cisneros has three years of experience in the field of education and he has spent one year with Aldine ISD. Maritza Arcos was named assistant principal at Gray Elementary School after serving as a language arts and mathematics skills specialist at that same school. Arcos received her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston in 1996. In 2008, she earned her master’s degree in education. She is certified as a principal. She began her teaching career in Aldine ISD as a second- and fourth-grade teacher at Gray Elementary School in 1996. In 2005, she moved to Houston ISD and taught fourth-grade. A year later, she returned to Gray Elementary School to teach fourthgrade. She moved into her present position as a language arts and math skills specialist at Gray Elementary School in 2008. Arcos has 18 years of experience in the field of education and she has spent 17 of those years with Aldine ISD. Ashley Smith was named an assistant principal at Thompson Elementary School after serving as a mathematics and science skills specialist at Sammons Elementary School. Smith received her bachelor’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University in 2007. She received her master’s degree in administration and supervision from Sam Houston State University in 2012. She is certified as a principal. She began her teaching career in Aldine ISD in 2008 as a gifted and talented, ESL and regular education teacher at Sammons Elementary School. She moved into her present position as a math and science skills specialist at that same school in 2013. Smith has spent all six of her years in education with Aldine ISD.

Employees, students recognized During the May 20 Trustees meeting, a number of Aldine ISD students and employees were recognized for the contributions they make to the district on a daily basis. Emitte Roque, executive director of buildings and properties, named Eisenhower Ninth Grade School as his department’s Building of the Year. On hand to accept the award were head custodian Maribel Deleon and Principal Laura Hunter.

Roque named Davis High School as his department’s Yard of the Year. On hand to accept the award was head custodian Pilar DeLeon, yardman Moises Herrera and Principal Tom Colwell.

Roque named the Donaldson Administrative Annex as his department’s Building of the Month. On hand to accept the award was Patrick Mouton, executive director of facilities planning and construction. The head custodian is Hilda Gonzales.

Roque named Keeble EC/Pre-K Center as his department’s Yard of the Month. On hand to accept the award were head custodian Matilde Gonzalez, yardman Eligio Ariaga and Assistant Principals Melody Wilson and Elizabeth Iglesias.

Dani Sheffield, executive director of child nutrition services, named the cafeteria staff at Grantham Academy as her department’s Team of the Month. The team consists of manager Angeletta Watkins and specialists Linda Barnett, Tiffany Beers, Keeda Henry, Martha Jimenez, Loretha Jones-Powell, Val Kirby-Thompson, Francisca

Maldonado, Frances Martinez and Christine Vanhorn. The CNS supervisor is Betty Stanley and the school’s principal is Dr. Rebecca Brown.

Grant announced Stacy Smith, program director of resource development, announced a number of grants during the May 20 Trustees meeting. Dana Stelly, principal of Francis Elementary School, and literacy information specialist Katherine Sells, received a $232,667 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide enrichment opportunities for students during non-school hours. students. The two also secured a $5,000 grant from the Laura Bush Literacy Foundation. The money will be used to update the school’s collection of non-fiction, science, technology and math books. Sherrie Batro, principal of Reece Academy, and teacher Kimberly Gillespie secured a $534 grant from Donors Choose to fund a program to help kindergartners role-play to work out problems in a controlled environment. Dr. Kristin Craft, principal of MacArthur High School, and teacher Kathryn Walters, secured a $410 grant from Donors Choose to fund a program to help students relate the German language to history lessons and trending news. Cheryl Matthews, principal of Hoffman Middle School, and teachers Barbara Clemons and Loretta Asevedo secured a $1,000 Texas IB Innovative Teaching Grant to fund an Interactive Notebook program at Hoffman that will help students make connections between content as they explore new concepts, revise their thinking and deepen their understanding of the world around them.

Program presented Joey Doyle, program director of visual arts, presented the program during the May 20 Board meeting. Doyle introduced students who attained accomplishments in spelling bee, academic decathlon, academic pentathlon and visual arts during the 2013-14 school year. The students were introduced to the Board along with their parents and received certificates for their accomplishments.