NEISD parents cross the stage at Parent academy graduation
Colleen Bohrmann (center), executive director for curriculum compliance, thanks parent academy graduates Ana Flores (left) and Magaly Garcia (right) for conducting the invocation and pledge of allegiance at the graduation.
North East ISD’s Parent Academy is all about building relationships, creating connections, and making a difference. An astounding total of 535 parents crossed the Roosevelt High School stage at the 13th Annual Parent Academy Graduation on May 15, to commemorate parents’ efforts in fulfilling the role as their child’s first teacher. Coordinated by the Family Specialists Department, each parent received a Certificate of Recognition and a thank you from their school principal and family specialist.
“It’s a graduation for our parents involved in the academy, so it is a good time for me to share those wonderful moments; to let them know that their effort is appreciated,” said graduation guest speaker, Martha Lopez, YWCA Early On Coordinator. “We need to continue to improve ourselves and our families here in San Antonio.”
The Wood Middle School Mariachi group performed at the graduation.
“I am very impressed with the time, commitment and the energy it took to dedicate ten hours to making yourself the first teacher for your children,” said Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, superintendent of schools, during his opening remarks. “You are helping our principals and our family specialists, as they work to help your child be successful both in the classroom and outside the classroom.”
The Parent Academy strives to get parents involved through parent training sessions, in the hopes that they will feel motivated to not only support their children through their academic careers, but to continue their own education as well.
“It’s a good opportunity to learn,” said Ana Flores, parent academy graduate. “I recommend all the people that have problems with speaking English to take advantage.”
In 1996, NEISD had two family specialists in the school district. The district is now home to 34 family specialists and district leadership is focusing on increasing those numbers every year. After seeing the smiling faces of every parent in the auditorium, family specialists are looking forward to next year’s graduation.
Guest speaker Marth Lopez inspired the parent academy graduates during her speech.
Posted on May 15, 2014