Pasadena ISD Honors 2015 Outstanding Volunteers of the Year

Pasadena ISD Honors 2015 Outstanding Volunteers of the Year
Posted on 06/24/2015
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Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees announced the district’s 2015 Volunteers of the Year at the June board meeting.

Board president Mariselle Quijano and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kirk Lewis presented the recipients with awards in several categories.

“We are very proud of our volunteers and how they go above and beyond every day,” Dr. Lewis said. “These outstanding individuals deserve to be recognized as much as possible.”

Honored as the Outstanding Large Business Volunteer of the Year was Mi Tienda for their commitment to DeZavala Middle School. Mi Tienda consistently helps with food and beverages for parent events, staff development days, testing days and the annual community walk for over 150 volunteers.

Mi Tienda

In the category of Outstanding Small Business Volunteer of the Year, Cary Bass, Pasadena City Councilman and owner of Bass and Meineke Automotive was recognized. Bass has served on the Pasadena ISD automotive programs advisory committee since 2007, served as an advisor during the design construction of the automotive services facility at Dr. Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School, provides numerous job shadowing and internship opportunities for District students, hosts field trips at his business and participates in the mentorship program at Pasadena High School.

Cary Bass

The Sam Houston State University Army ROTC was named Outstanding Student Volunteer Organization of the Year. The Bearkat Battalion has volunteered for the past 9 years to assist Sam Rayburn’s JROTC with major district events and campus activities. In 2013, they generously donated a portable rock wall to Sam Rayburn High School. Their devotion, time and resources to the Sam Rayburn JROTC has yielded positive, life-changing opportunities to hundreds of cadets.


In the category of Outstanding Community Organization Volunteer for the elementary level, Parkgate Community Church was recognized. Parkgate Community Church, its congregation and Youth Pastor RW Moody have volunteered at Jensen Elementary for more than 10 years. Pastor Moody attends all Site-Based Meetings usually bringing goodies for the staff and a wealth of knowledge to share. Church members started the Kids’ Hope program providing positive, uplifting and inspirational discussions for students. By first promising a safe harbor for the campus, then later providing advice and inspiration to the students and staff alike, Parkgate Community Church in every way has served Jensen in ways that have nursed their hearts and opened their minds.


Outstanding Community Organization Volunteer at the secondary level is The ROCK Church. Schneider Middle School nominated The ROCK Church for this award for their contribution to the campus and the surrounding community. Since adopting the campus, The Rock has consistently provided support through time and resources. Through this partnership, they created a weekly mentorship program with 20 volunteers coming to work with students who struggle with behavior and motivation to learn. During the holidays, the church provided Thanksgiving meals for 75 Schneider families and warmed the hearts of 50 families with Christmas gifts. They support campus events and invite staff, students and families to attend church functions such as the back-to-school fair where many students received free school supplies.


Dobie High School student Christopher Powell was the recipient of Outstanding Volunteer of the year at the elementary level. Through his connections at Mexican Restaurants Inc., he was able to secure a $500 donation to Stuchbery Elementary to purchase books. His time with students and donation truly benefitted students.

Christopher Powell

Outstanding Secondary Student Volunteer of the Year is Lewis Career and Technical High School student Derek Delgado. In his volunteer work at the Miller Intermediate ACE Afterschool program for the past 2 years, he assists in almost every capacity to make it run smoothly. This extremely motivated young man gives his free time to help with setting up, preparation, attending meetings with the coordinator, lending his talents and time for the program.


Dedicated to Kruse Elementary with 5 years of volunteerism under her belt, Amanda Gonzalez received the Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year at an Elementary. She is outstanding not only because she gives so much time, but because she does it with such a positive attitude. She truly enjoys helping others and can be seen daily at the campus for many hours and never asks for any type of recognition for her dedication.


Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year for Secondary Schools is Anne Blackman. Ms. Blackman has gone above and beyond as a campus volunteer at Carter Lomax Middle School.  She invests nearly as much time at Lomax as many paraprofessionals do. She always asks how she can help and contributes to the campus is many ways.