Hancock Elementary Welcomes Widow of Namesake to Tour Campus

Hancock Elementary Welcomes Widow of Namesake
Posted on 02/18/2016
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Hancock Principal Veronica Sandoval (left) gives Charlsie Hancock a tour of the school that bears her husband's name. The poster was made by Jessup students who will fall into the boundaries of the school.


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Charlsie Hancock admires memorabilia from her husband's namesake school, including a keychain, mug and lanyard.

Charlsie Hancock, widow of longtime Pasadena ISD administrator Thomas Hancock, was given a tour of the elementary school that will bear his name, Thursday, Feb. 18.  

“I had no idea I would be greeted with such a reception,” Hancock said. “The campus is so nice. It’s a wonderful tribute.”

Hancock Principal Veronica Sandoval was honored to meet the wife of the school’s namesake and show her the state-of-the-art campus.

“Mrs. Hancock’s visit solidifies why we are here,” Sandoval said. “We are so excited that she was able to come and see our beautiful campus.”

Hancock, along with Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools; Dr. Rhonda Parmer, associate superintendent of campus development; Marshall Kendrick, board secretary and Tom Swan, director of the Community School and longtime friend of the Hancock family toured the 100,000 square-foot facility which features a large, to-scale compass in the campus’ rotunda.

“The compass in our rotunda and the choice of our mascot, the bison, all center around exploration,” Sandoval said. “Bison are natural wanderers and explorers. At Hancock we will encourage exploration in five areas: land, sea, air, space and cyber-space.”

At the end of the visit, Hancock shared one of her husband’s most admirable traits with the group.

“Tom was a very calm, easy-going person, “she said. “When I had to speak in front of large groups, I was always so nervous. Tom was never nervous, and he always knew exactly what to say. Even when he wasn’t feeling well. He always had poise and direction. He was a very sweet man and he loved his work.”

Sandoval hopes to carry on a legacy for Thomas Hancock and his family.

“Mr. Hancock was a huge community ambassador for this school district,” Sandoval said. “We are going to continue that work and establish strong community relationships.”

Hancock elementary, located at 9604 Minnesota, will open its doors to student at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.

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From left to right back row: Kevin Fornof, associate superintendent of facilities and construction; Veronica Sandoval, Hancock principal; Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools and Marshall Kendrick, board secretary. From right to left front row: Dr. Rhonda Parmer, associate superintendent of campus development; Charlsie Hancock and Tom Swan, director of the community school and longtime friend of the Hancock family.