San Elizario Independent School District Superintendent Sylvia Hopp has been selected as a state finalist for the annual Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards. Hopp is one of five finalists for the state award and is representing Region 19.
On August 22, the Education Service Center (ESC) Region 19 recognized Superintendent Hopp at its annual Teacher of the Year Awards Gala. Dr. Armando Aguirre, Executive Director for ESC Region 19 introduced Hopp on stage and presented her with an award in front of hundreds of educators from throughout El Paso and Hudspeth counties.
“I wish to thank the Region 19 Board of Directors and Dr. Aguirre for their continued support not only for myself but for all area superintendents. Together we can make a great impact for all students in Region 19,” Hopp stated.
Hopp has 35 years of experience in education administration and has been at the helm of San Elizario ISD for three years serving approximately 3,800 students.
Of note to the selection committee were San Elizario ISD’s English as a second language programs to bring parents into the schools, outreach efforts through home visits, and initiatives to build cooperative relationships with city leadership.
Hopp earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Texas at El Paso. She serves on the Commissioner’s Superintendents Cabinet, and is active in the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools, Texas Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Far West Texas School Boards Association, among others.
The five 2015 finalists were then chosen based on their responses on issues as business engagement, teacher retention, diversity of the state’s student population, philosophy, educational leadership, challenges facing local school districts, and advocacy on behalf of public education.
The 2015 Superintendent of the Year will be announced October 3 at the TASA/TASB Convention in Austin where the winning superintendent will receive an award from program underwriter Balfour.