Over the weekend, scores of employees in the Socorro Independent School District participated in the 2nd annual Stand and Deliver Walk to visit with SISD families and talk to them about the programs, resources, and opportunities available for their children in the district’s schools.
“It was awesome to talk with the parents of our amazing students and let them know about the extraordinary education they are earning in Team SISD,” said SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza.
“As a destination district, it is important for our community to hear from us directly about the high-quality education we provide in our outstanding school district. Our teachers, principals, and staff had another great experience telling families why Team SISD is the right choice for endless opportunities.”
SISD’s Stand and Deliver event embraces Dr. Espinoza’s philosophy to treat and educate all students as if they are their own children, which was inspired by legendary educator Jaime Escalante’s commitment to equality in education.
The district follows Escalante’s footsteps by having the ganas or desire to do more for students, demonstrating high expectations of all students, and putting effective systems in place to ensure students’ success.
The walk is an opportunity for SISD educators to be in the community and meet parents face to face.
“Teachers are able to expand beyond the four walls of the classroom and make the learning community real and relevant by establishing connections and building personal relationships with all Team SISD students,” said Diana Mooy, assistant principal at Horizon Heights Elementary School.
During the Stand and Deliver Walk, thousands of SISD teachers, administrators, and support staff personally visited students’ homes and talked to parents about opportunities such as free college classes available at every high school, free Pre-K for all four-year-olds in the district, championship athletics, award-winning fine arts, advanced academic academies, world-class facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and outstanding Career and Technical Education as well as SISD’s efforts to meet the needs of all students.
Vanessa De La Peña, a Pre-K teacher at SGT. Jose F. Carrasco Elementary School, was eager to talk to parents to tell them about the great teachers, leadership team, and college readiness initiatives that are provided for students at her school.
“Stand and Deliver is important because it is an opportunity for all of us to go out and promote our district, talk about the great things that are happening here, clarify any questions that parents may have and show them what we offer,” De La Peña said. “We have a lot of neat stuff at our school and this is a nice way to let parents know what is going on.”
The inaugural Stand and Deliver walk, which launched last year, resulted in tremendous success with employees strengthening personal relationships with families in the SISD community. Employees were eager to continue the outreach efforts again this year.
“This is my second time doing Stand and Deliver and I can say the same thing from my initial experience. It has been a great, positive experience to actually talk to the parents and to have that face-to-face connection,” said Marianne Torales, a State Compensatory Education Intervention (SCEI) coach at Montwood High School. “I feel like this is just an extension of the daily work that we do, but it is also a celebration of the connection that we have with the parents and the community.”
The SISD educators returned from their Stand and Deliver visits with inspiring stories and enthusiasm about the programs and resources that are helping students succeed.
“We met a parent that was very happy with the school district because her son is in the special education program at Hurshel Antwine. She said that her son wasn’t talking at all and within two months in the program at Antwine, they helped him to speak,” said Angelica Hernandez, a third-grade teacher at Purple Heart Elementary School. “It was really nice as a teacher to hear that story, it made me really happy. I know that we are making a difference in a child’s life as part of Team SISD.”
Since SISD’s inaugural Stand and Deliver event last year, the district has continued to grow. SISD celebrated a major milestone in March 2019 when the 47,000th student enrolled at Robert R. Rojas Elementary School.
Socorro ISD is the second largest school district in El Paso, serving students in East El Paso, Horizon City and the City of Socorro.