Culminating a week of celebrating teachers in an appreciative fashion, the faculty and staff that comprise the North East ISD Evening High School (EHS) campus—located at the Automotive Technology Academy—also paid tribute to the Mexican heritage as they close out the week on Cinco de Mayo. Though small in number, this dynamic team is a powerhouse as they differentiate instruction and serve students who require a scholastic setting tailored for self-directed learners. With four sessions in an academic year (including the summer session), this select group of educators and educational stakeholders target learning goals in a variety of grade levels and content areas. The pacing of curricula is based on student effort and provides students from across NEISD, and beyond, an opportunity to earn academic credit.
“I admire these students who have been in school all day and then come to our campus and get it done; it’s an impressive feat and a testament to their commitment to their education,” says Erika Melero, as she reflects on the work ethic of the students in her English class. “Diligence, after all, is the key to success in the program. As our enrollment numbers grow, our goal is always personalized instruction, yet many of our clientele describe our courses as one of the best kept secrets.”
Mia Macy, a student at Lee High School by day, explained that she didn’t know about EHS until one of the cheer mom’s told her that her daughter attended Night School. Her decision to enroll in Evening High School was motivated by her wanting to take another class in summer school. The student ultimately decided that this was the best option to meet her goal of graduating early.
Though it makes for a long day for both students and staff, everyone is collectively congenial. Pedro Hernandez says, “I enjoy getting to see the drive and push for success that seems innate in these young people,” said Pedro Hernandez, Social Studies teacher. “After seven years of doing this, I continue to be inspired by the students who see that the hard work they put into their education now will pay off in the long run.” This is often evidenced in the fact that the school’s former students return to relay their successes later in life, serving as one of the reasons each EHS teacher returns each Tuesday and Thursday night.
“One of my favorite things about this campus setting is the diversity of our student population,” states Paul Riser, as he answers questions regarding his motivation to teach in the evenings. “Truly, it is encouraging to see these teenagers from all walks of life working and collaborating together through academic enquiry.”
Roger Kramer, Math Teacher at the campus, explains that the success and work of the school’s student body would not be nearly as remarkable were it not for the “parents who give their unending and consistent support to these amazing people.” The campus community is widespread but supportive.
If you would like more information on North East’s Evening High School campus or the coursework tuition costs, you may contact Amabel Lopez at the campus at 210-407-0743, or visit the campus website at http://www.neisd.net/ehs/.
Pictured: (L to R) Hardcastle, Garry (Director), Riser, Paul (Teacher – English), Melero, Erika (Teacher – English), Kramer, Roger (Teacher – Math), Lopez, Amabel (Administrative Assistant), and Hernandez, Pedro (Teacher – Social Studies)
Posted on 05/08/2017