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Socorro Independent School District Assistant Superintendent of High Schools Carmen Crosse 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.
Crosse was recognized for her outstanding leadership, expertise and commitment to secondary education.
“This award shows that the support we provide to the schools and our teachers is not being overlooked,” Crosse said. “Especially right now, as we are doing everything we can to support our students and teachers remotely.”
The award is given to an outstanding administrator each school year that goes above and beyond for student councils and student activities in their district.
Eastlake High School student activities director Kelley Akins and other school administrators and staff have worked closely with Crosse for many years in regard to student council events and other activities for the high school students.
“She is such an advocate for what we do, so for us to nominate her was a no brainer,” Akins said. “In my mind there is no doubt that we couldn’t do our job without her.”
Akins said Crosse was instrumental in helping Eastlake High School get the approval to be the host of the 2020 Texas Association of Student Councils annual conference in the spring.
“We never would have been able to have done it without her support,” Akins said. “She was an integral part of what we were able to achieve.”
As a former student council member herself, Crosse understands how school activities can contribute to a student’s growth, leadership skills and can influence their success in the future.
“I’m very proud to say that student council changed my life,” said Crosse, who graduated from Socorro High School. “It pushed me out of my shell.”
Crosse said her student council director at Socorro motivated her to get involved and she learned how to be vocal advocate for students. When she was a senior, she was selected to take part in the student council annual conference. It made a huge impact on her and she attributes it to helping her acquire leadership roles in her career. She said she is grateful for the conference experience, which is why she is an active supporter of student council.
This is the fourth time the TASC administrator award has been given out, and Crosse is the first female recipient, SISD recipient, and district administrator to receive the honor.
“This was an award that was not expected, but it’s an award that I really will treasure because it really comes from people who I admire and respect because of their hard work,” Crosse said.