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Tell us your NEISD story

From parents, to students, teachers and community members, we want to hear about your NEISD experience.


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  • Sasha Summers Best: From student to published author.

    Posted by Sasha Summers Best on 5/2/2019 8:50:00 PM

    I began my NEISD education at Bradley Middle School in the late '80s. I was having a hard time adjusting to life in the ‘big city’ and wasn’t sure where I fit in. Margaret Lozano was the school counselor at the time. Her patience and understanding helped me find my footing and the things that would connect me to my peers and bring me joy. One of those things was writing. Over the course of my NEISD education, I had two exceptional teachers that always believed in my dreams: Harriet Porterfield (Bradley Middle School) and Cynthia Jennings (Churchill High School). They challenged me to write with feeling. As a multi-published author, that’s advice I use on each and every book I publish. These three amazing women built me up and helped me find who I was and I am forever grateful for them.

    Something else my days as an NEISD student gave me? 

    My husband. Our twenty-six years together and four amazing kids—all of which have or will be graduating from an NEISD school—are, in part, thanks to Mr. Jennings first-period History Class at Churchill High School. Maybe that’s why history is still one of my favorite subjects. 

    Thank you NEISD!

    Sasha Summers Best

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  • NEISD Pride

    Posted by Kristie Lane on 4/30/2019 4:25:00 PM

    Dear Mr. Bloomer,

    I attended the Summa ceremony to watch my son, Marshall Lane, speak about one of his favorite teachers. Needless to say, we were so proud! But beyond my excitement and pride in my son, I was so inspired by the whole ceremony! As a parent, I was inspired that there are so many talented, well-spoken young men and women at Churchill and how passionately they spoke about their teachers and learning experiences! As a teacher, I was inspired by the dedicated teachers in our district who have influenced students of all ages to be their best! It reminded me that all ages (even my second graders!) need passionate, loving teachers! As a community member, I was inspired to know that I live in and work for the greatest district around! 

    Thank you for being a part of Marshall’s education both at Bradley and at Churchill! I wish you the best of luck in your new position! 

    Sincerely, 

    Kristie Lane

     

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  • It's all about compassion and communication

    Posted by Elizabeth and Brian Mireles on 4/29/2019 4:05:00 PM

    "Maya was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on Aug 3rd, 2017. It was two weeks before her first day in 5th grade. She has two weeks to prepare for a whole new life not only at school but in everything she does for the rest of her life.

    At the time of her diagnosis, we were living in Austin Tx and in October 2018, we moved to San Antonio. Maya started 6th grade at Barbara Bush MS, and it was a significant change again. The school is bigger than her last middle school, a new schedule, new friends, a new place and most definitely in a new city. It was quite a lot to see how her glucose level change from normal to high or low.

    On the first day of school, meeting Mrs. Arbeiter and later on, meeting more of Barbara Bush staff has made me feel more at ease when Maya is at school. We communicate and help each other keep Maya safe and well to continue her education and have a good experience; we are a team!

    Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease that is often misunderstood. The symptoms a person experience aren't always noticeable to others. There are approximately 1.25 million Americans with Type 1 diabetes but even with a significant amount in the United States doesn't make it enough for Americans to know what a person with diabetes goes through every day and every time the person is going to eat, do a sport or even go somewhere. As a matter of fact, we were one of those families that didn't know about type 1 diabetes until Maya was diagnosed. We feel it is important to give awareness and support organizations like JDRF for a cure." 

     

    Maya

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  • Thank You Jackson Middle School

    Posted by Jennie Mayes on 4/22/2019 11:25:00 AM

    “Jackson Middle School has the best administrators, teacher, and staff! Our daughter, Leah, is an 8th grader at Jackson Middle School and despite some personal challenges she faces, she has overcome so much and grown during her time at Jackson, in large part to the staff at Jackson Middle School. Ms. Elizabeth Cave-Stevens, the theater teacher, has gone out of her way to encourage Leah as a leader and modeling what great character and integrity are all about. Ms. Cave-Stevens truly cares for all of her students and wants the best for them, not only in their theater skills, but most importantly, in life. She has a compassion for kids, without feeling sorry for them. She truly pushes them to be their best! Another teacher who has gone above and beyond is Ms. Salas, the art teacher. Leah applied to the Visual Arts program at NESA for next fall and Ms. Salas has worked hard all year to help Leah prepare for her interview and portfolio. Ms. Salas even lent her personal art portfolio case to Leah, so that she wouldn't have to buy one until she knew she had been accepted to NESA. Then once Leah did get accepted, Ms. Salas threw a surprise party for Leah and invited her art and theater friends to the party. Ms. Salas made a banner and even made a custom cake in the shape of an artists' palette. She truly went above and beyond and our family was deeply touched. I have felt very confident in Leah's time at Jackson Middle School, I've never worried that she was not cared for and appreciated for just who she is as well as receiving a rigorous education. Thank you, Jackson Middle School and NEISD for taking good care of all kids!”

    Leah with Ms. Cave-Stevens

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  • Spreading Kindness

    Posted by Charisse Aoki on 4/15/2019 2:10:00 PM
     
    Cheryl Grothues inspired both my daughters, Katharine and Kristin Aoki. As Katharine’s coach, she gave my older daughter a chance to play on the B Basketball Team at Bradley Middle School. My daughter was shy and unsure about playing basketball. Katharine has since become a 5th history middle teacher at Roxbury Prep in Massachusetts and helped coach some middle school basketball games. She currently is the Director of Special Projects at Roxbury Prep. Mrs. Grothues’ caring attitude for her students helped plant the seed for the love of teaching in Katharine, KT.
     
    My younger daughter, Kristin was a student in Mrs. Grothues’ Reading class and a member of the Bradley Readers Club that Mrs. Grothues co-sponsored with April Gastinger. Kristin and several of Mrs. Grothues’ students wanted to expand on a lesson that Mrs. Grothues taught in class. The girls planned a "Random Acts of Kindness" Day. They created a video, made shirts, and raised money to hand out free “Random Acts of Kindness” items. Kristin never lost that love to do things for others and planned to do her Girl Scout Gold Project at Bradley Middle School to expand on what Mrs. Grothues had taught them. Kristin took that love of spreading kindness to Lee high school and to Olin College of Engineering by helping others through various organizations in school and through the church. Now, Kristin plans to intern at an organization called Six Seconds that promotes Emotional Intelligence. Six Seconds is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people to create positive changes in schools, in the workplace, and through programs that help change lives. https://www.6seconds.org/about/ Cheryl inspired me to coach middle school basketball and to carry on what she started with Kristin. Today the “Random Acts of Kindness” day they started, has been transformed into school-wide activities at Bradley Middle School.
     
    Cheryl Grothues continues to be a part of my daughters’ lives and mine as a friend and co-worker at Bradley Middle School.
     
    Cheryl Grothues has made a life-changing impact on the Aoki girls. Thank you Cheryl Grothues!
     
    Ms. Grothues
    Basketball Photo
    Former Student teaching
    Spreading Kindness T Shirt
     
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