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Las Lomas was honored with Lighthouse Status during the Leader In Me Symposium on January 24, 2014!
Las Lomas is the first LEED (Green) school to receive Lighthouse Status. 

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As a new campus, 95% of our student body and faculty came from Leader In Me schools, so we began our journey with the 7 habits already in practice. Las Lomas was designed to be a Leader In Me school and leadership is even evident in our campus design.  Las Lomas is the first NEISD school to submit Leader In Me evidence binders for evaluation online. 



Information and Resources

"The Leader In Me" website
"The Leader In Me" Student Schoolyard
"The Leader In Me" Parent Resources
"The Leader In Me" Parent Guide-- includes parent-child activities

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Leader In Me Parent Questionnaire

Las Lomas Elementary is a Leader in Me School which bases our school culture on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We work to develop the leader in every child. We would like to gather your feedback on this initiative.








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Meet Our Lighthouse Team

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Michelle Alexander
Michelle Alexander
4th Grade

Michelle Alexander is a fourth grade teacher at Las Lomas Elementary in North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas.  Many years ago Mrs. Alexander read Stephen Covey’s best-selling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and enthusiastically implemented the habits into her own life.  She states that the 7 Habits training  was one of the best trainings she has attended in her 17 years in education.  The activites, discussions, and videos in the 7 Habits training had her deeply reflecting on herself personally and her relationships with others.  The training has re-shaped her thinking!   Mrs. Alexander feels privileged to be a part of this wonderful community and to be teaching the 7 Habits using The Leader in Me program.  In just the short amount of time she has been at Las Lomas, she already notices a difference among faculty, students, and parents through the use of a common language and believing every child is capable leader.  Furthermore, she states how The Leader in Me is not an event; it's ever-present leadership development.  She has seen how educators use an integrated approach and make leadership training part of everything they do.  She is motivated to learn more about The Leader in Me and create success for all children.

Sherri Bozer

Sherri Bozer
Special Education

Sherri Bozer is a Special Education teacher at Las Lomas Elementary, San Antonio, Texas. She joined the faculty to be a part of the creation of the foundation of this new school. Sherri is a 7 Habits Trainer and the Chairperson for the Lighthouse Team. She had the opportunity to participate in the Covey Training video. She exposes her students to a higher state of learning and opportunities where she instills the belief in all of her students that they able and capable of achieving greatness. Sherri has learned that the best way to achieve success is to motivate and empower students and staff. She resides with her husband of 30 years and their dogs Halas, Peyton and Gigi. Sherri is very proud of both of her grown sons. In addition to teaching, Sherri creates jewelry and is an enthusiastic football and baseball fan. She can be contacted at sbozer@neisd.net.

Melody Burge

Melody Burge
Kindergarten

Melody Burge is a Kindergarten teacher at Las Lomas Elementary in San Antonio, Texas. She loves being a part of the Las Lomas family and enjoys teaching and implementing the 7 Habits. She has read the “Leader In Me” book and has attended the 7 Habits training. She uses the Leader In Me language in the classroom with her students and at home with her son. She is thrilled that the 7 Habits help the students become more responsible and respectful. She can tell a difference in the student’s behavior compared with schools that aren’t Leader In Me. She is excited to be working at a Lighthouse school and can’t wait to learn more and apply it in the classroom.



Amber Carroll
3rd Grade


Dawn Caussade

Dawn Caussade
4th Grade


Dawn Caussade, in her 18th year of teaching, is currently teaching 4th grade at Las Lomas Elementary, a Covey 7 Habits Lighthouse School, in the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science from Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois with Specializations in Language Arts and Math. An English as a Second Language endorsement was earned at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Later, she furthered her career with a Masters of Education from University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. Choosing a career in education was definitely Mrs. Caussade’s dream from an early age where her 5th grade teacher inspired her to extend her young world by reading books. She loved mysteries from an early age along with books which allowed her to view the wide world from her small corner of rural living in Michigan. From a very early age, she was interested in sharing the love of learning with others and motivating others to use the pathway of education to read to their optimal potential.
Mrs. Caussade also chose teaching because the daily life of teaching is never the same. Each day is exciting and fast-paced.

Mrs. Caussade has taught every grade from first to fourth grade and especially loves reading and teaching math. From early on, she has believed that every child has leadership potential and encountering Covey’s 7 Habits has provided the perfect format in providing a safe environment where students are empowered by decision-making and proactive thinking.

Mrs. Caussade “Sharpens her Saw” as she still avidly reads, loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Kathy Davis

Kathy Davis
5th Grade

Kathy Davis is a 5th grade teacher at Las Lomas Elementary School in the Northeast Independent School District. Years ago she read the book, “Seven Habits for Highly Effective People.” She was very impressed; the habits resonated with her and made sense.

About eight years ago, while teaching in another district, she attended the district inservice day. One of the presenters talked about balance in our lives and all the hats we wear. Mrs. Davis realized the presenter was referring to Stephen Covey’s Four Quadrants.

Five years ago while she was teaching at Canyon Ridge (a school in NEISD), her campus began The Seven Habits training. She was very excited to see the habits addressed and applied on a child’s level. When Nancy Moore came to visit Canyon Ridge, Mrs. Davis said she soaked up everything like a sponge. Three years ago, Mrs. Davis served on the Lighthouse Committee at Canyon Ridge. She helped plan the Seven Habits night for parents. She also had her students conduct Student Led Conferences. She said the conferences were powerful and several parents gave positive feedback.

Two years ago, Las Lomas opened their doors. Mrs. Davis was excited to be a part of the team that opened the school, She was also excited because her principal, Mr. Rochkus, and co-workers shared in the Leader in Me vision. She became a member of the Lighthouse Committee, and chairman of the Environment Action Team. She guided her students as they held Student-led conferences both in the fall and in the spring. She found meaningful classroom leader roles for every child in her class. Her campus implemented school wide Leader Ribbons for students who exemplified one or more of the Seven Habits. She got to attend the Leader in Me Symposium where three of her students participated in the choir and one was a peer greeter.

Mrs. Davis believes in the Leader in Me program. She has seen first hand some of the benefits that students gain from the program. She is excited to continue on the Leader in Me Journey.



Tina Galindo
1st Grade

Tina Galindo is a first grade teacher at Las Lomas Elementary school in North East Independent School District. This is her fourth year on the Lighthouse Committee but third year at Las Lomas Elementary school. Her first year on the Leader in Me committee was with Canyon Ridge Elementary School, also in NEISD. After moving to San Antonio four years ago, she began volunteering at her children's school and was first introduced to a Leader in Me school. She said what she experienced within the school was something she had never seen before in all the years teaching and volunteering in many different schools. She said she knew that there was something special about the school culture and wanted to learn more about it. The school her children were at began implementing the Leader in Me program. As a parent she began to learn from her own children and saw how the teachers were implementing the program fluidly throughout their day. She says her children began to speak the Leader in Me language at home. In 2013 she had the opportunity to attend the Leader in Me Symposium as an educator and visit campuses that were on the road to becoming a Lighthouse school. She came away with more knowledge of what a Leader in Me school looks like, how it is integrated throughout the day seamlessly and becomes part of the school culture. Tina says she is excited to take the knowledge learned and begin to bring it to her own campus and classroom. The school year 2013-14 was challenging when their building was not completed on time but even with those hurdles their campus achieved Lighthouse status last year.

Monica Laughlin

Monica Laughlin
Gifted and Talented

Monica Laughlin is the teacher for the Las Lomas Gifted and Talented Program in the Northeast Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. She taught Second Grade for 8 years and loved it. In the Fall of 2007, she made a change and began teaching students in the NEISD Gifted and Talented Program. An unexpected literary moment came her way during the winter break in 2011, she read The Leader in Me by Stephen R. Covey, a gift from a friend.  She was so intrigued by the wonderful ideas Dr. Covey outlined in his book.  Mrs. Laughlin loved the concepts of empowering students to become leaders of their own lives and futures.  Though she had not been on a Leader in Me campus prior to Las Lomas, she felt strongly about the guiding principles and was delighted to be offered the opportunity to teach the GT Program at this new elementary school.  Serving on the Lighthouse Committee has been a wonderful experience full of learning and great ideas that she has been able to impart to her students. 



Laura Majors

Laura Majors
3rd Grade





Anna Pina
5th Grade


Anna Pina is a 5th grade teacher at Las Lomas Elementary School in the Northeast Independent School District. Though not new to district, Anna is one of the newest staff members of this Leader in Me school and is very excited to be part of a school community practicing the habits every day. After graduating from St. Mary’s University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Ms. Pina started her career in corporate America where she experienced every day the importance of having good work ethic and professionalism. She went through the ranks and quickly became a marketing and event manager for a local movie theater chain. Five years ago, Ms. Anna Pina felt a calling to education. She saw a need to help children develop into successful, well-rounded adults that use their individual skills and strengths to contribute to the world around them. While living in Houston, she earned her certification in early childhood-6th grade and English as a Second language. After working as a long term sub and library assistant in Tomball ISD, she moved back to San Antonio for her first teaching position at Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering. During her time there, she was a first and second grade teacher, lead teacher, campus leadership team member, robotics sponsor, and technology sponsor. During the 2013-2014 school year, Ms. Pina transitioned to her new home-NEISD. She was hired as a kindergarten teacher at Jackson Keller Elementary. Ms. Pina felt so honored to be an important component in laying the foundation for some of the community’s smallest members. It wasn’t until Ms. Anna transferred to Las Lomas Elementary to be a fifth grade teacher that she began to see her vision come full circle. Making such a huge leap from early childhood to upper elementary, she was able to see how setting up children with the tools needed to be successful at an early age is crucial to the development of accomplished individuals. Implemented and practiced regularly, the 7 Habits can lead to highly effective people, no matter how old or young they are. Although unfamiliar with the Seven Habits back then, Ms. Pina now recognizes how much practicing these habits unofficially came into play with the successes of her career. Now as a Lighthouse Committee Member in addition to being a Las Lomas Lion, she can continue to train in the seven habits and help develop these qualities in her students.

Libby Querry

Libby Querry- Chair
2nd Grade

Libby Querry is a 2nd grade teacher at Las Lomas Elementary.  She has been teaching for 13 years, 11 in kindergarten and 2 in 2nd grade.  When she first started teaching she struggled with classroom management, as many young teachers do.  At her first school in San Antonio, Roan Forest Elementary, she studied the book The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People.  That book helped her personally but she was always looking for something to help in the classroom.  Libby knew that even kindergarteners could demonstrate leadership skills and be effective leaders in the classroom.  Miss Querry worked at Roan Forest for 2 years and then opened a new school, Canyon Ridge Elementary.  At Canyon Ridge they implemented the “Self Manager Program”.  The school taught the students character traits like self-discipline, perseverance and responsibility.  This helped in her classroom discipline procedures but she was still looking for something else.  The students weren’t necessarily “managing” their own behavior as expected.  The class spent weeks learning about the traits but they weren’t "getting it".  After a few years at Canyon Ridge using the Self Manager Program, Miss Querry was introduced to The Leader In Me.  She remembered back to her Roan Forest days and reading the 7 Habits book and recognized the terminology.  She was excited to implement it in my classroom.  The kids seamlessly integrated it all aspects of their classroom life.  After 2 years of the program, moving schools, and setting new goals her classroom runs like clockwork.  The students use the habits daily in every aspect of their lives.  Parents have noticed a difference in their child’s home life.  This year she has had the opportunity to lead the Lighthouse committee at Las Lomas Elementary.  This leadership opportunity has given Miss Querry a deeper understanding of how leadership can really make a campus different.  Leadership opportunities, treating the students as leaders and setting campus and classroom goals can make a good school great!  She is excited to see what the coming years bring!

Alan Rochkus

Alan Rochkus
Principal





Leader In Me Children's Reading List



Habits 1-7:
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids
by Sean Covey
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids (audio book)
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids (audio book)
by Sean Covey
The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit
The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit
by Stan Berenstain
Bread and Jam for Frances
Bread and Jam for Frances
by Russell Hoban
D.W., Picky Eater
D.W., Picky Eater
by Marc Brown
he Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing
by Stan Berenstain
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Sam Who Never Forgets
Sam Who Never Forgets
by Eve Rice



Habit 1: Be Proactive

Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace
by Mary Hoffman
he Little Engine that Could
The Little Engine that Could
by Watty Piper
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
by Audrey Wood
The Very Lonely Firefly
The Very Lonely Firefly
by Eric Carle
The Carrot Seed
The Carrot Seed
by Ruth Krauss
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
by Bruce Coville
On My Honor
On My Honor
by Marion Bauer
Someday a Tree
Someday a Tree
by Eve Bunting
Salt in His Shoes, Michael Jordan: In Pursuit of a Dream
Salt in His Shoes, Michael Jordan: In Pursuit of a Dream
by Deloris Jordan
The Real McCoy: The Life of an African-American Inventor
The Real McCoy: The Life of an African-American Inventor
by Wendy Towle

 



Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

The Very Busy Spider
The Very Busy Spider
by Eric Carle
Whistle for Willie
Whistle for Willie
by Ezra Jack Keats
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
by Doreen Cronin

Pancakes, Pancakes
Pancakes, Pancakes
by Eric Carle
Galimoto
Galimoto
by Karen Lynn Williams


 


Habit 3: Put First Things First

Froggy Gets Dressed
Froggy Gets Dressed
by Jonathan London
The Little Red Hen
The Little Red Hen
by Paul Galdone
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle

AAlejandro's Gift
Alejandro's Gift
by Richard E. Albert
Jamaica's Find
Jamaica's Find
by Juanita Havill



Habit 4: Think Win-Win


Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse
Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse
by Leo Lionni
The Rainbow Fish
The Rainbow Fish
by Marcus Pfister
The Doorbell Rang

The Doorbell Rang
by Pat Hutchins

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
by Eric Carle

Let’s Be Enemies

Let’s Be Enemies
by Janice May Udry


 


Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood


Stellaluna
Stellaluna
by Janell Cannon
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
by Jon Scieszka
The Runaway Bunny

The Runaway Bunny
by Margaret Wise Brown

Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother?
by P.D. Eastman

Is Your Mama a Llama?

Is Your Mama a Llama?
by Deborah Guarino




Habit 6: Synergize


Ox-Cart Man
Ox-Cart Man
by Donald Hall
Swimmy
Swimmy
by Leo Lionni
A Chair for My Mother

A Chair for My Mother
by Vera B. Williams

Clifford’s Spring Clean-Up

Clifford’s Spring Clean-Up
by Norman Bridwell

How the 2nd Grade Got $8205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty

How the 2nd Grade Got $8205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty
by Nathan Zimelman




Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw


Owl Moon
Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen
The Snowy Day
The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
by Mo Willems

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg
by D. B. Johnson

Me I Am!

Me I Am!
by Jack Prelutsky