2018 Teacher of the YearPosted by Sean Christmas at 7/24/2017
El Paso, Texas (July 21, 2017) – Leading the way, Christina Luna-Castaños and Luis C. Luna, strive to elevate the role of teachers because teaching – is the most important profession. It influences all other professions. On Saturday, July 22, they received the region’s highest teaching honor for their ability to inspire their students at an award ceremony at the El Paso Convention Center.
Luna-Castaños, a fifth grade teacher at Purple Heart Elementary in the Socorro Independent School District was named Elementary Teacher of the Year. And Luna, a History teacher at Clint Junior High in the Clint Independent School District was named Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Through this recognition, Luna-Castaños aims to represent and be the voice for many students and fellow teachers. “Our passion is to find the meaningful joys in teaching. When we shed the light on all the positive things happening in education, promising teachers will be drawn to our profession,” said Luna-Castaños. “By attracting those aspiring individuals called to our profession, we can all better shape the future of our society.”
As for Luna, he takes this opportunity to guide and enlighten other educators. “Our profession calls for us to be teachers, counselors, mothers, fathers, motivators, listeners, and coaches,” said Luna. “Teachers impact students’ lives every day. We must motivate our students and peers to be the best. Teachers are like coaches of the NBA, NFL, MLB; we coach our athletes to win the ultimate championship.”
Luna-Castaños and Luna advance to compete for the Texas Teacher of the Year title in Austin, Texas on September 15.
In addition to the Region 19 top two educators, 20 District Teachers of the Year were also honored.
YISD Bel Air High School drums 24 hours straight for charityPosted by Sean Christmas at 7/20/2017
EL PASO, TX — The Bel Air High School Drumline and Frontline will participate in a 24-Hour Drum-a-thon to help raise money for equipment and travel cost to competitions this year. While the students of Bel Air wish to work hard to earn money towards their program, we as educators and leaders also like to teach them that music and music education can help the community in several different ways. Therefore, 50% of the proceeds from this drum-a-thon will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The drum-a-thon will be live streamed on YouTube beginning at noon July 21st and ending at noon on July 22nd. While you will have to wait until then to see the great work our students have been putting in, donations are now being accepted. We would like to thank you for your continued support, not only in our students, but also in St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Please pass this along and get everyone you know involved, as we are working on showing our students that they can make a difference by doing something they love, playing music!
ESC Region 19 Teacher of the Year NomineesPosted by Sean Christmas at 7/18/2017
EL PASO, TX—Our vibrant community is a reflection of the many extraordinary educators teaching our students throughout the Region. We recognize 22 teachers who place their students at the heart of their work. They have earned the respect and admiration of their colleagues and are a shining example of leadership and innovation in and outside the classroom.
On Saturday, July 22, we will celebrate these inspirational teachers whose passion and purpose enables our children to reach new heights in so many aspects of their lives.
Our Teacher of the Year Nominees:
Find out who wins Teacher of the Year, Saturday July 22 by clicking HERE!
Tornillo ISD Counselor recognized by TEA for ExcellencePosted by Sean Christmas at 7/18/2017
TORNILLO, TX — Congratulations to Sandra Sanchez, counselor at Tornillo High School, in Tornillo ISD. She was recently recognized by TEA ( Texas Education Agency) for her outstanding work in her school district for the 2016-2017 academic school year. This is a prestigious award by TEA and Ms. Sanchez is very deserving.
Dr. Serrata Selected for National BoardPosted by Sean Christmas at 6/27/2017
El Paso Community College President (EPCC) Dr. William Serrata was elected to serve on the national Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). AACC is the leading proponent and the national voice for community colleges, representing nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 13 million students.
Community colleges are the largest and fastest-growing sector of U.S. higher education, enrolling close to half (45 percent) of all U.S. undergraduates. “It is an honor to be elected to serve on the AACC board with esteemed leaders from across the nation who are committed to advancing America’s community colleges,” Serrata said. “Through advocacy and a focus on student success, the AACC Board of Directors will help lead community colleges in their goals to meet 21st-century education and employment needs.”
Serrata, a nationally recognized leader, will offer important insight and perspectives to the 32-member AACC Board of Directors. He is also a board member for Excelencia in Education, the Higher Education Research and Development Institute, the Texas Student Success Council, the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the Texas Success Center Advisory Board. Locally he serves on the boards of the Hospitals of Providence East Campus, Workforce Solutions Borderplex and United Way of El Paso County.
Under his leadership, EPCC has received numerous national accolades including being recognized as one of the Top 10 Colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute in 2015, a recipient of the 2016 AACC Excellence Award for Student Success and name by Hispanic Outlook Magazine as the #1 granter of Associate Degrees to Hispanic students among many others. Serrata was an Aspen Ascend Fellow, a McDonald’s Hispanos Triunfadores for Education honoree and a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award recipient which represent just a few of his accomplishments.
EPCC is committed to providing accessible, quality and affordable education that prepares students for academic, professional and personal growth and advancing our regional workforce.
San Elizario ISD Ribbon Cutting for new Field House & CTE BuildingPosted by Sean Christmas at 6/21/2017
SAN ELIZARIO, TX – The San Elizario Independent School District will have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, June 21st, at 9am. It will take place behind San Elizario High School, located at 13981 Socorro Rd right outside the new STEM Building. The new buildings include a new Field House for San Elizario High School, an additional building for Career & Technical Education courses (STEM), and a Support Services Operations Center.
The field house will have a weight room, locker areas separately for boys and girls, Coach’s offices, multipurpose rooms, and a dance studio.
Our vision for Career & Technical Education was to promote advanced skills; this required an expansion of our existing vocational building for Engineering Science and Culinary Arts. These high demand career paths are required to provide the opportunity to transition to a post-secondary education and workforce required a 22,400 sq. ft. state of the art addition to include a Culinary Art dining facility.
The new Support Services Operations Center will be our district’s receiving and distribution site and will centrally locate 60 plus Support Service employees. The Operations Center will house offices and three work bays/bus barns for Transportation, Maintenance, Grounds, and Warehousing. Our Security Offices will also be located in the same site.
Invited guests include San Elizario Board Members, City Council, and district personnel.
TSI Boot CampPosted by Laura Chaidez at 6/21/2017
Last week ESC Region 19 had a group of highschoolers prepare for and take the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assesment, a test that assists in placing students in college level courses. They had a week full of math, reading and writing, but also got to learn with LEGOs. With the use of iPads they were able to create short stopmotion videos advocating a cause such as Drunk Driving, and Anti-Bullying.
At the end of the week, after they took their TSI, they were able to visit the Culinary Arts at EPCC, and eat at the Thirteen09 Restaurant. After a delicious lunch, they got to tour the campus and learn about the different areas catered towards those who are studying Culinary Arts and how it helps them receive the experience they need once they graduate.
Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Meza-Chavez has been named the 2017 ESC-Region 19 Superintendent of the YearPosted by Sean Christmas at 6/20/2017
El Paso, Texas (June 15, 2017)—Tornillo Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Meza-Chavez has been named the 2017 ESC-Region 19 Superintendent of the Year for her achievements and excellence as a public school administrator.
“Being named Region 19 SOTY to me means that the work of many individuals is being recognized as we all serve to help improve the lives of Tornillo ISD children”, Dr. Meza-Chavez said. “To represent the Region, this provides me the opportunity to share about the unique collaboration and work many other individuals are also doing to help the children in their respective communities. We are one - Region#19!”
Dr. Chavez-Meza will go on to represent the region in the state program. The state Superintendent of the Year Award will be presented at the 2017 Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards (TASA/TASB) Annual Convention in Dallas, Texas. “We are fortunate to have such dedicated superintendents within Region 19,” said Dr. Armando Aguirre, Education Service Center Region 19 Executive Director. “Congratulations to Dr. Jeannie Meza-Chavez.”
Dr. Meza-Chavez has been superintendent for Tornillo ISD since April 17, 2014. Some of the accomplishments she is most proud of as superintendent include; the passage of a $10 million bond, which is allowing their 92 year old district to have a track and turf football field along with HVAC and roofing upgrades; plus the completion of a $1.2 million 12 classroom addition at the high school.
“I envision the future of education in Tornillo and our Region as one of continued collaboration and communication. We need to embrace our unique opportunity to show others that El Paso has great public education options. I am a product of public education and I was blessed to have individuals who instilled in me that limited resources and language barriers are not excuses. Through Faith, Family and the community of Region 19, hard work and persistence is what will continue to help us all to keep the focus on improving the lives of children”.
Leading the Learning Stakeholder Dinner ReceptionPosted by Sean Christmas at 6/19/2017
Monday June 19, 2017
Leading the Learning Stakeholder Dinner Reception
Education Service Center Region 19 hosted “Leading the Learning”, a dinner reception that featured a panel discussion of prominent speakers in the El Paso area. It was moderated by award winning news anchor and reporter for National Public Radio’s Latino USA, Maria Hinojosa. The panel of leaders engaged in a thought provoking conversation that served as a springboard that will help to lead the development of a non-profit initiative based in our borderland community dedicated to the creation of innovative school leadership and instructional practices that lift the trajectory for academic success between second language learners.
The panel consisted of Kathy Escamilla (University of Colorado, Boulder), Mario Porras (Binational Affairs Director, El Paso Community Foundation), Susie Byrd (EPISD School Board), Noelle L. Ellerson Ng (School Superintendents Association), & Elena Izquierdo (The University of Texas at El Paso).
Mini-Digie arrives at ESC Region 19!Posted by Sean Christmas at 6/13/2017
DIGIE is the family-friendly name chosen for the 2012 Quality of Life Bond Program project that began as the Digital Wall. Shown on touch sensitive TV screens, DIGIE is a vast collection of images and videos exploring El Paso’s past and present interpreting our region through time, neighborhoods, and themes. A Special thank you goes out to Jaime Knoedler and The El Paso Museum of History for lending us this amazing technology during our summer schedule!
The collection of images that powers DIGIE can be browsed from the permanent Digital Wall located at the El Paso Museum of History. To learn more about Digie and Mini-Digie, please visit https://history.elpasotexas.gov/digie.