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  • Bradley faculty helps newest teacher get her ‘bear’ings #theNEISDway

    Posted by Lila Stanley on 10/3/2022 9:00:00 AM

    Sandra with her newly donated bed

    When Sandra Bohorquez arrived in San Antonio from her home country of Colombia, she didn’t have much. She was ready to manage with whatever she had in her suitcase until she could save up to purchase the essentials. Once she found a place to live, she was content to furnish it later. 

    But her colleagues at Bradley Middle School were ready to help their newest Dual Language teacher as soon as she arrived. 

    They chipped in to stock her refrigerator and dropped off gift cards. Bradley staff also provided two new couches, a bed and mattress set, kitchen utensils, pots, pans and so much more to make sure she felt right at home. 

    “The faculty knew that Sandra had just arrived in the United States with just her clothing, and everyone sprang into action, purchasing and delivering anything and everything that Sandra would need,” said Marianne Bankhead, Bradley ELAR teacher. “Many Bradley teachers chipped in to pay for the groceries we delivered. Sandra is now one of us.  A teacher who makes a difference. Once a Bear, always a Bear!” 

    Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month #theNEISDway September 15 - October 15. 

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  • Actor Ricardo Chavira caught acting bug at NEISD.

    Posted by Evan Henson on 9/27/2022

    Ricardo yearbook pic, next to current headshotWhen Ricardo Chavira was a student at Lee High School, he never dreamed his life would be filled with acting credits.

     

    “I feel lucky,” said Ricardo. “I feel like I have won the lottery with some of the work I have done.”

     

    Chavira has been in more than 50 television shows and movies.

    He played Carlos Solis on Desperate Housewives, Francisco Vargas on Scandal and Selena’s father Abraham on Netflix’s Selena: The Series.

     

    He’s had roles on Jane the Virgin, Chicago PD and Hawaii 5.0, and he’s currently shooting a new show for Netflix opposite Kim Catrell called Glamorous.

     

    “Maybe it’s luck. I don’t know. Luck is an opportunity meeting preparation. When I am not working, I am preparing. I have put in the work.”

     

    But his first acting role was playing villain Bill Sikes in the Lee High School production of Oliver Twist.

     

    “A good friend of mine was in the theatre department and he kind of convinced me to get involved, and I kind of stuck with it.”

     

    He certainly has.

    When Chavira recalls his high school years, he remembers the beginnings of life-long friendships and teachers like Tammy Frazier, Amy Stengel, Joe Manry, Sue Weber, Bruce Logan and Carl Hansen.

    He also remembers how school and classmates were there when he lost his mother to breast and ovarian cancer during his junior year.

     

    “It made a bit of my high school painful sometimes, but I have some great friends that I still talk with. During that time, the one thing that was my foundation was my classwork -- my education.”

     

    That work ethic has undoubtedly served him well.

    But Chavira suggests if he can do it, anyone can, but you’ve got to put in the work.

    He also suggests failing sometimes.

     

    “Fail. Everyone is going to fail. So to the kids who may not be doing well in school- do your work. To the ones who are “perfect students”- fail every now and then. That’s how you learn. You learn through obstacles. You will learn more through hardships than success. Hardship is what gets you to become successful. I’d rather look like an idiot for trying than feel like an idiot for doing nothing. So, don’t be afraid to use your voice. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.”

     

    Big or small, we’ve all got a story to tell.

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  • PALS break down barriers

    Posted by Evan Henson on 9/22/2022

    Students working togetherJackson Middle School PALS got a chance to teach and learn recently.

    PALS stands for Peer Assistance Leadership and Service.

    After training for six weeks, the PALS partnered up with refugee students to help them complete a social studies lesson.

     

    “I wanted to see how my PALS can communicate with a student that may not understand or speak the same language and figure out how to get through that barrier,” said PALS Teacher Melissa Beam. “I wanted to give the refugee students a chance to practice communicating with the PALS as well. A goal of the PALS is to be visible and accessible to all students and we wanted to make sure that the Refugee students knew who the PALS were and that they can go to them if they need anything.  We want to make sure that all students feel included and have someone to go to.”

     

    It was an innovative lesson that really helped students on both sides learn something new and feel important #theNEISDway

     

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