PAL Training Includes:
• Leadership Skills
PAL® Peer Assistance and Leadership is an award winning, non-profit program providing effective training in "resiliency" strategies. The PAL® peer helping program combats problems such as violence in schools, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, gang participation and school dropouts by providing a critical line of defense both at school and in the home through building peer helping programs all across the United States of America.
High School PAL Teachers
* Churchill - Melody Patton and Belinda Medellion
* ISA - Cacey Wells and Alyson Mulroy
* Johnson - Leah Plumas and Miguel Avila
* Lee - Jeff Jones and Norma Jaime-Hernandez
* MacArthur - Stephanie White and Karin Montemayor
* Madison - Gretchen Barrera, Ashley Yow and Ed Coleman
* Reagan - Suellen Foxhall and Jennifer Esparza
* Roosevelt - Mary Thompson
Middle School PAL Teachers
* Bradley - Amy Ballenger
* Bush - Erika Stiner
* Driscoll - Darla Morris
* Eisenhower - Jamie Bryant
* Garner - Lynnet Rodriguez
* Harris - Carolyn James
* Jackson - Noel Braswell
* Krueger - Sharon Bennet
* Lopez - Melissa Volz
* Nimitz - Ed Mendez
* Tejeda - Desiree Kloza
* White - Melissa Baning
* Wood - Heather Guckian
PAL Service Adds Value. PAL students provide assistance to students on their own school campuses and feeder middle schools and elementary campuses. The goal of PAL students is to help students feels connected to their school and community so that they can be successful academically and socially. The following pages highlight each of PAL classes at North East Independent School District campuses.
Special Thanks to the NEISD Middle School and High School Principals, Assistant Principals, STAN Counselors and School Counselors for the support they give to make this program a success!
North East Strengthens PAL Program in Texas
The North East PAL program is one of the oldest, most respected PAL programs in Texas and has features unique to NEISD. In North East, every high school and middle school has one or more PAL classes, all PAL teachers receve New PAL Teacher training before they begin teaching PAL, and teachers receive ongoing staff development annually. Students attend training retreats at the beginning of each year and receive additional training throughout the year. All PALs are trained peer mediators.
PAL is a premier leadership development program that is the student portion of Safe and Drug Free Schools in North East. North East ISD, Austin ISD, were the first PAL class was taught, Grant Thomas, the founder of PAL, and HillCo Partners, a major counsulting firm, are collaborating to expand PAL so that students everywhere can benefit from the PAL philosophy of student engagement, role modeling, mentoring, and school and community service.