The Pasadena ISD honors its Board of Trustees for its many years of dedicated service. Pictured from L to R: (top) Marshall Kendrick, secretary; Mariselle Quijano, president; Vickie Morgan, vice president; (bottom) Fred Roberts, member; Nelda Sullivan, assistant secretary; and members Jack Bailey and Kenny Fernandez.
With “Super Heroes for Schools” as a fitting theme, Pasadena ISD is joining with other school districts across Texas in School Board Recognition Month, a celebration of the contributions of the individuals who serve as members of local school boards.
Just a year ago, the Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees was recognized as one of the state’s top five school boards by the H-E-B Excellence in Education program.
The current Pasadena ISD board account for more than 120 years of combined service as board members.
Current board officers are Mariselle Quijano, president; Vickie Morgan, vice president; Marshall Kendrick, secretary; and Nelda Sullivan, assistant secretary. Other board members are Jack Bailey, Kenny Fernandez and Fred Roberts.
Morgan and Kendrick are the longest serving board members in Pasadena ISD history.
“We are all so fortunate to have a school board that truly understands the needs of the community and works with all of its stakeholders to ensure those needs are met in the best way possible,” said Dr. DeeAnn Powell, the Pasadena ISD’s acting superintendent of schools.
“Their committed efforts lead to the design of programs and initiatives that help students achieve their dreams and ensure a quality workplace environment for employees. These elected officials fight to enhance public education and we are forever grateful for their service.”
The Pasadena ISD board plays a crucial role in governing the district. Working with the school superintendent, staff, parents, students and community members, board members represent various professional occupations. Drawing from their experiences and knowledge of the community, they establish a vision for the district, adopt a strategic plan to achieve that vision, seek opportunities to move the district forward and shape the quality of education for children.
Board members attend training sessions to stay informed about changes in federal regulations and educational trends. They are also involved in various community organizations and local churches.
The board has garnered the respect and support of the community. Under their leadership, the district has seen major gains in the graduation rate – topping 89 percent last year. Officials attribute the improvement in the graduation rate to college and career readiness programs like Pasadena Early College High School, which gives students an opportunity to earn an associate degree and their high school diploma at the same time.
The board has supported programs that enhance learning opportunities for students. Through collaboration with district stakeholders, the board helped establish strategic goals for the district including learning opportunities that prepare students for a technology-driven society.
One of their supporting programs is the implementation of the Connect initiative. Connect, which began this school year, is a personalized learning program that allows students to become self-directed learners and receive consistent one-on-one mentor time with instructors. Students work at their own pace, mastering concepts in a way that works best for them.
The board’s advocacy efforts have put new technology in the hands of district students. The board addressed the need for students to have access to Internet service around the clock and approved for the Office of Technology to install Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless towers, which will ultimately provide complimentary home Internet access to students in various feeder patterns.
The Pasadena ISD board has continuously supported professional development opportunities to ensure employees have the resources to meet their goals so they can create an exemplary learning environment for students.
The board and district officials encourage teachers and administrators to participate in professional development programs each year outside of work hours including workshops, study groups, peer coaching, and research opportunities.
Results of a workplace satisfaction survey revealed that the majority of Pasadena ISD employees are satisfied with the district as an employer. As a result of the survey, Pasadena ISD was recently named No. 12 in the large employer category for the top 150 workplaces in Houston by the Houston Chronicle.
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