How NEISD educators impacted the Harper family

Posted by NEISD Communications on 6/9/2021 1:00:00 PM

Our teachers have the power to change lives. They do it every day, often quietly and consistently, in our classrooms, hallways and communities. North East ISD teachers have had a profound impact on the Harper family. As Tiffany Harper reflects on her boys’ experience, three incredible educators stand out.

“Teachers have impacted our sons far more than I ever expected. 

When my youngest started at a new school, his kindergarten teacher made him feel comfortable and enjoyed class when he was sad and unsure of school as a whole. Two years later, that same teacher would make second grade his favorite year of school. Thank you, Tom Martinez, for being so great with Jarren. 

Our middle son was rambunctious and always into something. It took an observant teacher who saw potential in Ethan to discover that he is an incredibly talented artist. Tracy Spruill, thank you for bringing out Ethan’s creative side. 

And to the teacher who saw my son as more than he saw in himself. She taught him that he was capable of far greater things than he knew could be possible. He struggled with ADHD, and she helped him see his own potential and even to this day, she is a huge part of why he continues to excel. Lynda Negrete, you helped Aidan see the greatness within himself when even our words weren’t enough. I can’t ever show you how grateful Robbie Harper and I am for that.”

Thank you to Tom Martinez of Thousand Oaks Elementary School and Lynda Negrete and Tracy Spruill of Wetmore Elementary School for your patience, guidance and support. 

Aidan, Ethan and Jarren are pictured below, holding pictures of their favorite teachers. 

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Aidan, Ethan and Jarren hold photos of their favorite teachers