Las Lomas Fifth Grade Team

Lion Leaders

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.  Our evidence binder for the 2013-2014 school year, to date, is 625 pages. 

Lighthouse Status is a result of an evaluation of our performance against nine criteria:
1. A Lighthouse team is in place at the school, meets regularly and oversees school-wide implementation of the leadership model with students, staff, parents and community members.
2. The school campus environment reinforces the model by adding leadership language displays and bulletins to hallways and classrooms that emphasize individual worth and leadership principles.
3. Teachers integrate leadership language into school curriculum and instruction daily.
4. The staff collaborates and works together to effectively build a culture of leadership in classrooms and throughout the school.
5. The students are provided with meaningful student leadership roles and responsibilities.
6. The parents of students understand The Leader in Me model and the 7 Habits and are involved in activities that support the leadership model.
7. A system is in place for setting and tracking school-wide, classroom, academic and personal goals.
8. The school sees improvements resulting from implementing The Leader in Me process, which includes measuring, collecting baseline data and tracking results to determine how the leadership model is bringing improvements.
9. The school holds events to share their leadership model with the community and other schools and hosts a mini or full Leadership Day or a similar event that includes parents, business partners and educators.


Las Lomas Lighthouse Team


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 »


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.
Parents, please click here to complete a short questionnaire »




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The Texas Leader In Me Symposium: January 24, 2013







Meet Our Lighthouse Team

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Sherri Bozer
Special Education

Sherri Bozer is a Special Ed. 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.




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Jenni Brooks
3rd Grade

Jenni Brooks was born on June 19, 1979 in San Antonio at Ft. Sam Houston. Growing up as a "military brat" whose father was a psychologist in the Army and whose mother was an English teacher, she was taught about the 7 Habits early on in life through Stephen R. Covey's work in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The 7 Habits filtered into every aspect of her childhood. She always heard her mother say "Feed the Goose, Jenni Jean" when she was having trouble motivating herself to work hard for something she wanted, or when a challenging girl scout project came along the solution was often, "Working with a friend will be better, Jeans." She was taught that "Putting money into the banks of your friends and family" would not only show people around her that they were important, but would also help resolve problems during difficult situations in the future, so it was always best to treat people around you kindly.

After Jenni graduated from U.T.S.A. with a Masters in Education, she was given the opportunity to work with a principal who also believed in the 7 Habits and was piloting 7 Habits for Happy Kids in his elementary school. Through his structure and support paired with the 7 Habits framework, she was able to implement the ideologies of the habits into the everyday life of her students. Through the 7 Habits her students were able to "Think Win-Win" to collect food for the local food banks, or "Begin With the End In Mind" to raise funds for micro-financing to support struggling families around the world, or "Synergize" with local elementary schools and Trinity University to help inspire children to become global leaders. The 7 Habits has become a driving force in her work as an educator.


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Dawn Caussade
4th Grade


Dawn Caussade, B.S., M. Ed., has been sold on the framework of “Leader and Me” ever since she was first exposed to it four years ago as a third grade teacher at Wilderness Oak Elementary in San Antonio, TX.  She has carried on that passion for its guiding principles to her current school, Los Lomas Elementary, also in San Antonio, TX, where she is currently teaching fourth grade and serves as chair of the “Leader in Me” Symposium Action Team.
From an early age, Dawn had instilled in her the importance of developing the “inner leader” in each of us.  She hails from the Midwest, born in Indiana and raised in Michigan.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois.  After teaching for five years in inner-city San Antonio, she took a nine-year break from teaching to be a stay-at-home mom and get an international flavor to her education by earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Ottawa, in Canada. 

She returned to San Antonio in 2001 and full-time classroom teaching in 2002.  Right from the start, Dawn exhibited a cutting-edge spirit, embracing the Basic School and Core Knowledge curriculum prevalent in the schools she taught in.  Her innovativeness naturally led her to embrace “Leader in Me” when she was introduced to it at Wilderness Oak Elementary, a Leader in Me/Lighthouse School.  Her goal, since first exposed to the Covey 7 Habits, has been to instill the aspects of “Leader in Me”, such as leadership, responsibility, accountability, communication, and teamwork into all her students.  Dawn believes in “Leader in Me” and is thrilled to bring her knowledge and enthusiasm of it to the recently opened (2012-2013) Las Lomas Elementary School. 

Las Lomas Elementary is a technology-savvy campus that allows for a perfect blending of technology and Covey’s 7 Habits in a harmonious combination, completely conducive to providing an environment for developing student leaders empowered for decision-making and proactive thinking.

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Rene Comalander
2nd Grade

Rene Comalander is a second grade teacher at Las Lomas Elementary in San Antonio, Texas. This is her fifteenth year of teaching. She loves working with children and watching them grow and learn.

In 1996 her principal was reading "The Habits of Highly Effective People." The principal spoke highly of Stephen R. Covey and how the principles he wrote about were so important for all of us to learn and implement into our daily lives. Rene left teaching in 1997 to be home with her children and did not investigate more into these 7 habits.

In 2010 Rene went back to teaching in the public school system. She immediately began hearing about "The Leader In Me." The students were talking about being "proactive", and making "win-win" situations. Her daughter was in 4th grade at the time, and she too was using the vocabulary at school and at home. Rene became more and more interested to learn about these principles. She was pleasantly surprised to know that "The Leader In Me" was written by the same author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" Stephen R. Covey

Rene believes that all children are "leaders" and should be given the chance to develop the leader inside of them. It is a joy watching children grow, learn, and lead.


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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 seven 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.
Four 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. Two 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.
Last year, 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 firs 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 third year on the Lighthouse Committee but second 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 three 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.  This past year was challenging when their building was not completed in time but she says if they can overcome those hurdles she knows as a campus they can accomplish this goal next school year.

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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. 



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Libby Querry
2nd Grade

Libby Querry was a kindergarten teacher for 11 years, and now a 2nd grade teacher.   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 her 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 serve on 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!

Bozer

Alan Rochkus
Principal






Children's Reading List


Habits 1-7:
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids
by Sean Covey
Find it at the Las Lomas Library »
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids (audio book)
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids (audio book)
by Sean Covey
Find it at the Las Lomas Library »
The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit
The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit
by Stan Berenstain
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Bread and Jam for Frances
Bread and Jam for Frances
by Russell Hoban
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D.W., Picky Eater
D.W., Picky Eater
by Marc Brown
Find it at the Las Lomas Library »
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
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Habit 1: Be Proactive
Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace
by Mary Hoffman
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he Little Engine that Could
The Little Engine that Could
by Watty Piper
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King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
by Audrey Wood
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The Very Lonely Firefly
The Very Lonely Firefly
by Eric Carle
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The Carrot Seed
The Carrot Seed
by Ruth Krauss
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Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
by Bruce Coville
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On My Honor
On My Honor
by Marion Bauer
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Someday a Tree
Someday a Tree
by Eve Bunting
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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
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The Real McCoy: The Life of an African-American Inventor
The Real McCoy: The Life of an African-American Inventor
by Wendy Towle
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Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
The Very Busy Spider
The Very Busy Spider
by Eric Carle
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Whistle for Willie
Whistle for Willie
by Ezra Jack Keats
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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
by Doreen Cronin
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Pancakes, Pancakes
Pancakes, Pancakes
by Eric Carle
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Galimoto
Galimoto
by Karen Lynn Williams
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Habit 3: Put First Things First
Froggy Gets Dressed
Froggy Gets Dressed
by Jonathan London
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The Little Red Hen
The Little Red Hen
by Paul Galdone
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Find it at the Las Lomas Library »

AAlejandro's Gift
Alejandro's Gift
by Richard E. Albert
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Jamaica's Find
Jamaica's Find
by Juanita Havill
Find it at the Las Lomas Library »


Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse
Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse
by Leo Lionni
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The Rainbow Fish
The Rainbow Fish
by Marcus Pfister
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The Doorbell Rang

The Doorbell Rang
by Pat Hutchins
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The Very Clumsy Click Beetle

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
by Eric Carle
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Let’s Be Enemies

Let’s Be Enemies
by Janice May Udry
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Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Stellaluna
Stellaluna
by Janell Cannon
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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
by Jon Scieszka
Find it at the Las Lomas Library »
The Runaway Bunny

The Runaway Bunny
by Margaret Wise Brown
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Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother?
by P.D. Eastman
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Is Your Mama a Llama?

Is Your Mama a Llama?
by Deborah Guarino
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Habit 6: Synergize
Ox-Cart Man
Ox-Cart Man
by Donald Hall
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Swimmy
A Chair for My Mother

A Chair for My Mother
by Vera B. Williams
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Clifford’s Spring Clean-Up

Clifford’s Spring Clean-Up
by Norman Bridwell
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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
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Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Owl Moon
Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen
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The Snowy Day
The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats
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Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
by Mo Willems
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Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg
by D. B. Johnson
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Me I Am!

Me I Am!
by Jack Prelutsky
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