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Recognitions at the November Board Meeting

Invocation and Pledge

On Monday, Nov. 11, the North East ISD Board of Trustees met during its regular monthly meeting and recognized two outstanding students. Tejeda Middle School student Gwendolyn (Gwen) Hollida led the meeting with the invocation and Kendall Kloza delivered the pledge to the American Flag and Texas Flag.

Students recognized at board meeting.

(L to R) Board of Trustee Shannon Grona, Gwen Hollida, Kendall Kloza and Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, superintendent of schools.

The students were selected by Tejeda administration for their success in the classroom and involvement in campus activities. Gwen is active in athletics as member of the track and volleyball teams. She is a GT student and very involved with the Tejeda Honors Orchestra where she is 1st chair cello. Her music career also includes a 2nd chair position with the San Antonio Symphony Youth Orchestra. Gwen is a member of the Shearer Hills Baptist church where she is participates as a community volunteer. In her spare time, the young musician gives private lessons to younger students who are interested in playing the cello.

Kendall is a member of both PALs and NJHS at Tejeda. She is very involved with her club soccer team, “Classic Elite,” traveling all over the United States with her family to participate in team matches. Kendall is a straight ‘A’ student and is an awesome big sister. She even continues to like her mom after being at the same school for three years!

Gwendolyn was accompanied by her mother Mikia Hollida and father Raymond Hollida. Kendall was accompanied by her mother, Desiree Kloza.

A partner in promoting asthma awareness

Diane Rhodes, assistant director of asthma education, recognized University of Texas Health Science Center Respiratory Care program for their involvement in the Asthma Awareness Education program's community outreach efforts. Dede Gardner, program chair for the respiratory care program at the UTHSC, was in attendance to accept the partnership award.

Recognition at board meeting.

DeDe Gardner (center) accepts the partnership award on behalf of the UTHSC Respiratory Care program from Board of Trustee Vice-President Letti Bresnahan (left) and Dr. Brian G. Gottardy,
superintendent of schools (right).


This ongoing relationship has provided the opportunity for both programs to be partners in grant funding, making outreach efforts to targeted campuses with higher asthma prevalence rates possible.

Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative

Representatives of the American Lung Association (ALA), Plains-Gulf Region were in attendance to recognize Camelot, El Dorado and Larkspur elementary schools as recipients of the Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative (AFSI) Gold Award. The award recognizes North East ISD’s accomplishments in creating healthy and asthma-friendly environments. These three schools were the only campuses to earn the gold-level award in the nation.

Gold award winning schools are required to meet 20 components within the four main strategies as part of the Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative, which include: maximizing school health services, building asthma education, providing healthy learning environments, and managing physical education and activity.

Each campus received a 2013 Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative Gold Star Champion banner for the campus to hang in their schools. All three campuses were formally recognized at the AFSI awards dinner on October 24.

Larkspur accepts banner.
Camelot accepts banner.
El Dorado accepts award.


Posted on November 12, 2013