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Superintendent Donates Penny Swap Stipend to Lee Elementary

He didn’t arrive in a sleigh nor was he wearing a red suit and leather boots, but EPISD Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera was playing the part of Santa on Wednesday.

Cabrera came to deliver a special gift to the students at Lee: his $750 holiday stipend from the successful Penny Swap election.

The gift will be used to buy more of the special computer coding robots students at the school have been using as part of the successful efforts to use EPISD’s Active Learning Framework in the classroom.

“I wanted to give back and thought the holiday bonus was a great way to do it,” Cabrera said. “It’s also my way to thank our employees and the community for supporting the Penny Swap.”

The $750 is a special grant presented to Lee Elementary in collaboration with the EPISD Education Foundation. All full-time EPISD employees will be receiving a $750 stipend as promised with the successful passage of the Tax Ratification Election, or Penny Swap, on Nov. 6.

“This extra $750 will be in our employees check this Friday,” Cabrera said. “I’m happy that we can make a small difference in lives of our dedicated employees this holiday season.”

Lee was selected because of its teachers’ support of EPISD Education Foundation’s Employee Giving Campaign.  The campus will be using the extra funds to expand their coding program using Dash Robots.

“It is a great honor to be able to receive Mr. Cabrera’s $750 stipend,” principal Terry Montes said. “The teachers can utilize these robots to integrate the mastery of TEKS and provide an engaging atmosphere for students to learn.  We appreciate the opportunity to enhance our students’ successes through this donation.”

A group of third graders, some with Dash Robots in hand, thanked the superintendent for his donation. They were all smiles as they talked to him about how the technology works and how much they enjoyed using it.

“Everybody has the chance to try the robots,” said third grader Daniel Meniola. “I think they’re going to like learning to coding them. I’m excited about getting more Dash.”

His classmate Esmeralda Grijalva is equally excited about the prospect of more Dash Robots at the school.

“I think it’s really cool we get more robots. They are really cool,” she said. “I like it when you program them and you have to test them to see if it works correctly.”

Lee Elementary showcased its Active Learning Framework model to leadership in EPISD and the community earlier this month.

The Dash Robots are among one of the many active learning strategies at the campus.

“I’m excited about active learning we are doing across the District and especially here at Lee Elementary,” Cabrera said. “We are really engaging kids in a different way. I’m excited to see what they’re doing with the extra money.”

EPISD’s Cabrera Finalist for Urban Superintendent of the Year Award

EPISD Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera is a finalist for the Council of the Great City School’s urban superintendent of the year title that recognizes excellence among educational leaders in school districts that serve large cities in the United States.

“Mr. Cabrera has helped transform EPISD into a District of Innovation that is recognized nation-wide as a place where forward-thinking teaching and learning are a priority,” said EPISD Board President Trent Hatch. “Under his leadership, we have seen unprecedented growth in student performance and we are on a clear path to modernize not just instruction but also our facilities.”

The Council named Cabrera among one of nine finalists for the Green-Garner Award, which is the organization’s highest recognitions for urban school superintendents.

Cabrera is vying for the award along with superintendents from Denver; Miami-Dade, Fla.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Pittsburg, Pa.; Dallas; Memphis, Tenn.; Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C.; and New York City.

The Council acknowledged Cabrera’s role in improving student performance over his tenure in EPISD.  Cabrera was a driving force in introducing the popular New Tech Network of project-based instruction into the District and helped expand the rigorous International Baccalaureate program from one high school to three other campuses – including the first middle school IB programs in the county.

This year, the Texas Education Agency’s state accountability standards showed the District is top in Region 19 and third in Texas for the number of high-performing schools.

“We are building the best EPISD in the history of El Paso, and I am honored to be part of the team that is making this happen,” Cabrera said. “All this success would not be possible without exemplary teachers and an outstanding staff who care deeply about the children of our city.”

A winner will be announced during the Council’s annual fall conference on October 25 in Baltimore, Md.

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