What do you get when you cross an NEISD teacher, an NEISD student, and the coronavirus? A whole new normal and a chance to really count your blessings.
Ashlee Lara is a teacher at Hardy Oak Elementary School. Her daughter, Harper, is also a student at the school. Now, Ashlee is figuring out not only how to teach her classroom students from home, but she is also homeschooling her daughter through distance learning. Throughout it all, she is not alone.
“It's times like this that make me EVEN MORE proud to be an educator in NEISD! We've received video messages, emails, voice recordings, and more from the administrators and teaching staff! The kindergarten team at Hardy Oak, and her teacher, Mrs. Brennen, have done amazing things to make Harper feel like they love her and are thinking of her! The Zoom meetings put THE BIGGEST smile on her face, and all of her teachers (including her Specials, Art, Library, and Makerspace teachers) have made it a point to leave positive comments and voice recordings on her Seesaw assignments! WE LOVE NEISD!”
Thank you for telling your story, Ashlee Lara! We invite you to share your stories from home at neisd.net/tellyourstory.
Like so many North East ISD families, the coronavirus pandemic has turned life upside down for Amber Rockwell. The switch to online learning has been even more complicated for her children after a house fire displaced the family over spring break.
Rockwell says a difficult time for her family has been made a little easier thanks to the kindness of teachers at Hardy Oak Elementary School, Lopez Middle School and Reagan High School.
“A family of seven stuck in a hotel room with only two Chromebooks was NOT the ideal situation for starting our online learning experience - especially with mom and dad needing to work remotely. However, our fabulous NEISD teachers kept us well-informed, organized, and confident that anything is possible. Our children especially love to meet with their teachers and classmates via video chat. It has been a blessing at a difficult time. Thank you!”
Thank you for telling your story, Amber Rockwell! We invite you to share your stories from home at neisd.net/tellyourstory.
“My original stance on JROTC was that it was just a class filled with boring military stuff, and at first, I had no intention of joining at all!
That’s how James Madison High School Freshman cadet, Gianny Torres, felt about JROTC in the beginning, but now he’s found friends, fun, and a purpose.
“A couple of my friends were able to convince me to join after explaining the many team and leadership opportunities,” said Torres. “I was personally drawn in by the athletic challenges and the chance to make some amazing friends.”
Despite no plans to join in the beginning, JROTC has lead Torres to a new calling in life.
“Once I move on to college, I plan to do all four years of ROTC there too, so that I can enter the Marines as an officer!”
He credits the program at Madison with helping him grow his teamwork and leadership skills.
“I've always considered myself to be somewhat of a lone wolf and was often turned off by the thought of teamwork. However, through the course of the year, I've found that I actually enjoy working in a group and being part of a team.”