Archive | May 2009

Meet Pam & Iridian!

 Early in April, I was able to meet Pam Gereau and Iridian, a bright 5th grade student at Reilly Elementary. This was the first interview I conducted with a mentor and student, which has been a dream of mine since starting with Austin Partners in Education in August 2007. With over 850 mentors, it’s very easy to get buried in spreadsheets and I truly cherish any face time I am able to have with the amazing people who participate in this program and the students they serve. Read More…
Advertisements

What do teachers make?

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, “What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?” He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” To emphasize his point he said to another guest, “You’re a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?” Read More…

We Salute You!

Each year, Austin Partners in Education hosts the AISD Salute Awards ceremony to recognize outstanding school staff, volunteers and Partners from across the district. It may have been because it was held on Cinco de Mayo or it could have been the exceptional planning of Paige Fillipp and Megan Weed, but this year’s Salute had a new energy. If you didn’t feel it at the beginning, you couldn’t help but get into the festive mood when the Reagan High School drumline escorted the 2008 Teacher of the Year Eric Cruz into the banquet hall! Once again, Mr. Cruz gave a moving speech before announcing the 2009 Teacher of the Year Cindy Stocking from Dawson Elementary. Read More…