• June 13, 2021
 SISD Board honors students, staff for science, teaching, counseling, years of service

SISD Board honors students, staff for science, teaching, counseling, years of service

For November, the Socorro ISD Board of Trustees, the board members and superintendent once again honored outstanding students and staff who have earned local, regional, state, or national accolades and recognition. However, due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was replaced with a video presentation.

Six students from Hurshel Antwine Middle School won first and second place in the first-ever Nuclear Power Institute student competition.

The NPI, a joint center of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and Texas A&M University, conducted the event as part of this year’s Nuclear Science Week. Texas K-12 students were invited to create an original project on current or future impacts and applications of nuclear science and technology in our lives. Students were asked to submit projects that would promote discussion and increase awareness around nuclear science and technology in their local communities. Congratulations to the Hurshel Antwine students who excelled in the statewide competition with inspiring projects.

The first-place winner for the individual video submission was Carson Dunlop. He won a $1,000 MasterCard gift certificate.

The first-place winners for the team video submission were Sofia Ceniceros, Jasmin Chacon, and Leah Arambula. They also won and shared a $1,000 MasterCard gift certificate.

The second-place winners for the team video submission were Alizai Hinton and Daniela Mendez. They won and shared a $500 MasterCard gift certificate.

Three SISD educators were recognized by the University of Texas at El Paso for their contributions to local education.  UTEP annually recognizes alumni from the College of Education and public school mentors who are at the top of their fields. One teacher was the recipient of the John and Gloria Lavis Excellence Award, which honors superior educators and dedicated mentors to UTEP teacher candidates. Two SISD teachers earned the Evelyn Schwartz Endowed Award, which acknowledges UTEP alumni with impressive achievements and have demonstrated innovative work through various teaching practices. Congratulations to these outstanding educators!

Brenda Aguirre from Myrtle Cooper Elementary School won the John & Gloria Lavis Excellence Award.
Cynthia Rangel from John Drugan School won the Evelyn Schwartz Endowed Award.
Miguel Saldana from Col. John O. Ensor Middle School won the Evelyn Schwartz Endowed Award.

Team SISD counseling programs continue to go above and beyond for their students and schools. Once again, several SISD counseling teams have won the Lone Star Award from the Lone Star State School Counseling Association for outstanding school counseling programs. These awards have three categories: gold, silver and bronze. Each level is met with increased levels of rigor designed to elevate school counseling programs to national recognition through the American School Counselor Association RAMP awards. Out of the 26 school counseling programs receiving the award across the state of Texas, SISD has nine of those outstanding programs.  Congratulations to our award-winning counselors for winning 2020-2021 Lone Star Awards!

Bronze Award Recipients

Susan Campos, Cactus Trails Elementary School
Beatrize Issa, Cactus Trails Elementary School
Patricia Carrillo, Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco Elementary School
Jennifer Madrid, Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco Elementary School
Angelica Lopez, Jane A. Hambric School
Diana Romo, Jane A. Hambric School
Yvette Harper, Jane A. Hambric School
Erica Gonzalez, Montwood Middle School
Jessica Perez, Montwood Middle School

Silver Award Recipients

Carmen Bebon, O’Shea Keleher Elementary School
Guadalupe Contreras, O’Shea Keleher Elementary School
Salvador Chavez, M.A., Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary School
Monica Dominguez, M.Ed., Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary School
Melissa Galvez, M.Ed., Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary School
Evelyn Garcia, M.Ed., Sierra Vista Elementary School

Gold Award Recipients

Clarissa Cortez, Escontrias Elementary School
Enrique Viramontes, Escontrias Elementary School
Yvonne Padilla-Alvarez, Lujan-Chavez Elementary School
Paula Figueroa, Lujan-Chavez Elementary School

The SISD Purchasing Department in Financial Services has won the Texas Association of School Business Officials Purchasing Award of Merit for the 10th consecutive year. The Award of Merit was created to recognize Texas school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and education services centers that are committed to following professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services. The SISD Purchasing Department has consistently shown a commitment to fidelity in financial operations and earning an impeccable record of responsible and efficient service. Congratulations to our award-winning purchasing department!

SISD Purchasing Department

Grace Wallace
Aide Escobedo
Maria Morales
Debbie Mora
Estella Aguirre
Julie Mancinas Rosales
Mabel Lozano
Judith Gonzalez
Lydia Aguirre
Patty Delgado
Samuel Garcia, Director

An assistant superintendent in Team SISD was honored with the Texas Association of Student Councils District IX Administrator of the Year Award for her dedication and support of student council students and educators. She was recognized for her outstanding leadership, expertise and commitment to secondary education and the innumerable events, activities, and success that Team SISD and regional high school student councils achieve. This district leader has actively advocated and contributed to the amazing student councils in District IX and, as a former student council member herself, this extraordinary educator is a shining example of the excellence in Team SISD.

Congratulations to SISD Assistant Superintendent of Schools Carmen Crosse!

Team SISD proudly honors employees who have achieved milestone service years in the district. These valuable members have served our district for 25, 30, 35, and 40 years. During their time with SISD, they have not only watched it grow, but have helped it become the district it is today. They help us serve more than 47,000 students in 49 campuses across SISD, the second largest school district in the region. We truly appreciate their loyalty, support and commitment to the SISD community.

The employees celebrating 25 years of service this year first started working with Team SISD in 1995, when the district had 21 schools and 20,114 students. That year marked Socorro ISD becoming one of the forty largest school districts in the Texas. This was the first year in which the Internet was completely accessible to the general public. Robert De Niro starred that year in the crime dramas Heat and Casino, and Robert Williams led us into the world of Jumanji. It was a year to remember, especially for these amazing employees embarking on their journey of what is now a quarter-century successful career in Team SISD!

Celebrating 25 years of service in SISD:
Virginia Gardea, Americas High School
Bill Schmidt, Americas High School
Patricia Ayala, Benito Martinez Elementary School
Rosa Jimenez, Bilingual/ESL Education
Dawn Demings, Cactus Trails Elementary School
Martha Kaudaissy, Cactus Trails Elementary School
David Reyes, Campestre Elementary School
Diana Garcia, Capt. Walter E. Clarke Middle School
Margaret Morgan, Capt. Walter E. Clarke Middle School
Martha Ramirez, Col. John O. Ensor Middle School
David Aguilar, District Operations
William Kincaid, District Operations
Ricardo Melendez, District Operations
Marie Raley, Eastlake High School
Jose Rodriguez, Escontrias Elementary School
Enrique Viramontes, Escontrias Elementary School
Barbara Balderrama, H.D. Hilley Elementary School
Miguel Moreno, Instructional Technology
Manuela Montalvo, Jane A. Hambric School
Catalina Prieto, Jane A. Hambric School
Francisca Duran, Keys Academy
Paula Figueroa, Lujan-Chavez Elementary School
David Salazar, Management Information Services
Joshua Brewer, Mission Early College High School
Rebecca McVay Condra, Montwood High School
Olga Anchondo, Montwood Middle School
Vivian Belcher, Myrtle Cooper Elementary School
Yvonne Garcia, Myrtle Cooper Elementary School
Laura Garcia, O’Shea Keleher Elementary School
Raymundo Granado, Paso Del Norte School
Elizabeth Amaya, Pebble Hills High School
Evangelina Escobar, Pebble Hills High School
Steven Warren, Pebble Hills High School
Margarita Hita, Sgt. Roberto Ituarte Elementary School
Leticia Aguirre, Special Education
Lori Springer Salazar, Special Education
Lilia Terrazas, Special Education
Carlos Loya, SSG Manuel R. Puentes Middle School
Jesus Armas, State & Federal Programs
Claudia Pineda, Transportation
Gustavo Arellano, Warehouse
Juliette Avalos, William D. Slider Middle School

SISD employees who have 30 years with the district joined the team in 1990 when the district had 14 schools and 14,482 students. That year, the SISD Board first started considering year-round education, with more than 50 percent of parents supporting a year-round calendar. The FIFA World Cup in Italy marked the first broadcast of digital HDTV in history. In 1990, families enjoyed movies that would become Christmas classics, including Home Alone and Edward Scissorhands, and a film marking the end of a trilogy — The Godfather Part III. Since then, we’ve had amazing success and great times with these wonderful employees on our team!

Celebrating 30 years of service in SISD:
Diana Aguirre, Americas High School
Michael Brooks, Americas High School
Debra Herbort, Elfida P. Chavez Elementary School
Roberto Rodriguez, Ernesto Serna School
Alba Reza, Financial Services
Jose Fong, H.D. Hilley Elementary School
Lorenzo Campos, Hurshel Antwine Middle School
Patricia Olivas, Montwood High School
Catalina Martinez, Myrtle Cooper Elementary School
Mary Harder Enriquez, Robert R. Rojas Elementary School
Troy Herbort, Socorro High School
Victoria Laca, Socorro High School
Ada Martinez, Socorro High School

SISD employees who have dedicated 35 years to the district started in 1985 when the student enrollment was 8,031. There were eight campuses and 425 employees in SISD. In the fall of 1985, the district had about 700 more students. As a result, a bond issue was approved in the spring. The district also was in the middle of various construction projects. At that time, a movie ticket cost $2.75, a gallon of gas was $1.09, and a U.S. Postage Stamp was 22 cents! Thank you to our invaluable employees for devoting 35 years of talent, passion, and love to SISD!

Celebrating 35 years with SISD:
Joann Villanueva, Bill Sybert School
Patricia Estala, Loma Verde Elementary School
Dina Galvan-Dimas, Sun Ridge Middle School

This year, we have a longtime, dedicated employee who joined Team SISD four decades ago. That year was 1980, when H.D. Hilley Elementary School had just been built and SISD had five schools. Student enrollment was 4,713 and 452 employees worked in Team SISD. In 1980, the Rubrik’s Cube debuted and had a huge success worldwide. CNN launched its first broadcast and Post-It notes were introduced in U.S. stores. A lot has changed since 1980 but not our dedicated employee’s outstanding service in Team SISD.

Celebrating 40 years with SISD is Patricia Castañeda, who works in the warehouse department in Maintenance and Operations. Thank you for many great years!

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