Socorro ISD longtime volunteer Stephen Hambric earned the prestigious 2021 Heroes for Children Award from the State Board of Education District 1 for his outstanding service and support to schools, community, staff, and most notably, students.
Hambric, who was one of only 15 awarded in the state, has volunteered for SISD for nearly 40 years and has been a volunteer for almost 60 years. His time and dedication have made him a distinguished member of the community.
“I am humbled to receive this award,” he said. “Although I feel like I didn’t do anything special, it feels nice to be recognized along with the district for all that they do.”
Hambric moved to the Socorro district in 1982 when there were six schools and about 6,100 students enrolled. He served for various committees including the Blue Ribbon committee, which involved community stakeholders who were instrumental in planning for the expansion and growth of the district that resulted in the construction of new schools.
His strong advocacy for students’ education is demonstrated in his role as vice president of the Socorro ISD Excellence in Education Scholarship Foundation. As chairman of the scholarship committee, Hambric has helped lead the foundation to provide more than 40 students with scholarships worth a total of some $508,000.
Hambric’s late wife Jane A. Hambric also contributed to the community as a longtime educator. She was a journalism teacher at Socorro and Americas high schools until her passing in 1997. The district named a K-8 school, which opened in 2000, in her honor.
“Socorro ISD has been very good to me and my family,” Hambric said. “I have a daughter who has been a teacher for 23 years now. The district named a school after my late wife, and I believe those are the main reasons I continue to be active within the community.”
SISD coordinator for parent volunteer programs Rachel Tarango nominated Hambric for the award and expressed her gratitude for his services to the district and to the community.
“Mr. Hambric is an icon for our district,” Tarango said. “He deserves much more recognition other than at the district level, that is why I nominated him for this award. I’m glad he earned it.”
Hambric and the other award recipients were honored during the virtual SBOE general meeting on Sept. 3. SISD staff joined Hambric at the District Service Center in a special viewing event for the award ceremony.
Hambric is the sixth SISD volunteer to earn the SBOE Heroes for Children Award.