One of the most important things to keep in mind when facing challenges as a parent is the fact that you are not alone. This idea was made very apparent as approximately 550 parents crossed the Roosevelt High School stage at the 16th annual Parent Academy Closing Session and Recognition on May 12. North East ISD’s Parent Academy is about building relationships, creating connections, and making a difference. After dedicating hours of their time to several Family Specialist-led sessions, the department hosts a wonderful ceremony to serve as a commemoration of parents’ efforts in fulfilling their role as their child’s first teacher.
“It’s very special, I was under deep depression—my husband passed away—so actually going to class I got to meet new people. I looked forward to going to class so I could be around new people to talk and have fun. It’s very nice,” said Martha Ramos, a parent at Montgomery Elementary School. “I lived in New Mexico and they never did anything like this. They never offered actual parenting classes…so it’s very interesting and very exciting for me to do this.”
This year’s special guest speaker, Tina J. Flores, battled and conquered trials and tribulations at a very young age. Through determination and support from loved ones, Flores has built a fantastic work history in the City of San Antonio. She currently serves as Compliance Auditor, holding a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts and Administration Degree with a Minor in Information Systems from the University of the Incarnate Word. Tina is currently pursuing a Master of Jurisprudence Degree with a dual concentration in Compliance Law and Commercial Law from St. Mary’s University and is scheduled to graduate this month.
In 1996, NEISD had two Family Specialists. The District is now home to 35 Family Specialists and District leadership makes it a priority to assist these talented individuals in their mission to provide support and services for students and their families. Family Specialists on specific campuses throughout the District offer a variety of educational sessions that fall into one of the following core domains: parenting classes; life skills and essential knowledge; academic skills; health, nutrition, and safety; and cultural art and awareness. To learn more about NEISD’s Family Specialist Department click here.
Posted on 05/12/2017