Juanita Segoviano | Photo courtesy SISD
Sierra Vista Elementary honored one of its volunteers, lovingly known as “Grandma” among students and staff, with a special celebration on for her longtime service at the school.
Juanita Segoviano, 92, was recognized for assisting teachers and students in kindergarten through third grade, special education, bilingual classes and more. After 24 years of volunteering, Segoviano is retiring from her service.
“She is truly a part of our family,” said Christine De La Cruz, Sierra Vista Elementary principal. “We are going to miss her.”
Segoviano served in the volunteer foster grandparent program at the school, in which she assisted with a variety of programs and daily activities, especially providing guidance and nurturing students at the school.
She was surprised by the special celebration in her honor, which included SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D., and Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools Alisa Zapata, her family members and school faculty and staff. She was presented a cake and a plaque signed by the Sierra Vista Elementary School teachers.
“I didn’t expect this,” Segoviano said. “To see everyone here today makes me feel proud and with the will to shout for joy if I could.”
Segoviano’s daughter, Flor Fernandez, said her mother loved dedicating her time and energy for the students at the school.
“My mother was so happy here,” Fernandez said. “She loved working with the children.”
Segoviano said she chose this as her life for the last 24 years because growing up she was unable to afford an education. As a school volunteer, she wanted to be there for children who needed help.
“I was so happy being here,” she said. “It is an honor for me to have been a part of this school for so many years.”
She’ll miss being around the children, she said, and her advice to educators is for them to care for the students and in turn they will listen and show respect.
The celebration was held February 3, 2020. Click here to view a gallery of the celebration at Sierra Vista