Left to right: Suzanne Stiles, president of Spring Branch ISD Council of PTAs, and School Bell award winner Lourdes Jimenez
School Bell award winner Lourdes Jimenez, a social worker with Communities in Schools at Spring Forest Middle, wears blue jeans and has worn a purple streak in her hair. Kids flock to Ms. Jimenez and her aura of calmness and acceptance.
“Lourdes Jimenez does whatever it takes, regardless of time, resources and money, to help children and families in our community. She truly has the biggest heart of any person you have ever encountered, and she is described by parents, teachers, community members and administrators alike as an angel,” her nomination states.
“Ms. Jimenez goes above and beyond to find and reach any child that needs help, whether the issue is emotional, social or academic,” it also states.
Sponsored by the Spring Branch ISD Council of PTAs, the annual Founders Day dinner honors and recognizes parent volunteers who serve on campus or district PTA organizations, parents who have served campus PTAs for many years, and local educators who are nominated for the top School Bell Award.
The SBISD Council of PTAs represents more than 10,000 parents locally. It is an active and key grassroots group supporting the ongoing excellence and vitality of SBISD schools.
Founders Day is celebrated in memory of a February 1897 meeting in Washington, D.C., marking the first meeting of the Parent Teacher Association ever held in the United States.
The Feb. 16 dinner included keynote remarks by Superintendent of Schools Scott R. Muri, Ed.D. The Rummel Creek Elementary Choir and Fiddlers also provided special event entertainment.
SBISD Council of PTAs leaders who provided program support included Suzanne Stiles, president; Susan Wienert, vice president, programs; Tammy Hampton, awards chair; Kristin Hopper, Founders Day event chair; and Michelle Majewski, vice president leadership.
The Founders Day Dinner was made possible through support from campus and local business groups: Rummel Creek Elementary; Caliente Restaurant; Nothing Bundt Cake; Hudella Real Estate; Bel’s Bakes; First Community Credit Union; Randall’s Grocery Store; and Hand and Stone Massage.
2016-2017 School Bell Nominees
School Bell Award nominees represent outstanding SBISD staff members who promote the purposes of the PTA and advocate for all children.
Wendy Franco, Bendwood Elementary
Claudia Puente, Bunker Hill Elementary
Tobey Unrath, Buffalo Creek Elementary
Sarah Warren, Cedar Brook Elementary
Bill Burger, Cornerstone Academy
Laura Whitnel, Frostwood Elementary
Delia Dunavin, Hunters Creek Elementary
Jessica Leonard, Meadow Wood Elementary
Gianina Dixon, Memorial Drive Elementary
Rebecca New, Memorial High School
Liz Rushing, Memorial Middle School
Stacey Zubair, Nottingham Elementary
Dominga Herrera-Fernandez, Northbrook Middle
Sharon Cates, Pine Shadows Elementary
Erin Hiner, Rummel Creek Elementary
Carmen Cordova, Sherwood Elementary
Marta Petraglia, Spring Branch Middle School
Lourdes Jimenez, Spring Forest Middle School
Maria Luna, Spring Shadows Elementary
Horacio Fernandez, Spring Woods High School
Max Ayala, Spring Woods Middle School
Carol Salva, Stratford High School
Rosie Jones, Terrace Elementary
Tuoi Robichaux, Tiger Trail School for Early Learning
Erin Mills, Valley Oaks Elementary
Eliana Razo, Westchester Academy for International Studies
Jennifer Franson, Wilchester Elementary
Deneen Stanfield, Woodview Elementary
2015-2016 Texas PTA Lifetime Members
Lifetime Member Award recipients are selected by school PTAs and represent outstanding volunteers or educators who give generously of their time, expertise and enthusiasm.
SBISD Council of PTAs Lifetime Membership Award winners this year were Kristin Hopper and Minda Caesar.
Bendwood Campus: Delyar Pace
Bunker Hill Elementary: Kelly Basham, Shannon Childress, Amanda Davison, Rebecca Howard, Lori Maddox, Katie Moses, Sheila Smith, Adam Stiles, Suzanne Stiles, Megan Uzick
Cornerstone Academy: Danielle Allen, Linda Baker, Melinda Feeney, Katie Fitzpatrick, Robin Tompkins
Frostwood Elementary: Dayna Beardsley, Suzanne Farrow, Lisa Lauter, Kristi Robishaw, Janice Teske, Christy Engvall, Rick Carr, Dean Lane
Hollibrook Elementary: Laura Flores, Veronica Flores, Marisela Gonzalez, Maria Torres
Hunters Creek Elementary: Nan Chandler, Kimberly Conrad, Allyson Glass, Michelle Kelley, Jill Oliver, Pamela Thompson, Katie Wall
Meadow Wood Elementary: Frederick Belledin, Patricia Belledin, Melissa Endicott, Katie Fitzpatrick, Larry Maple
Memorial Drive Elementary: Ginger Butler (Extended Service Award), Toni Listengart, Ricardo Montano (Extended Service Award), Melissa Moss, Monica Muschalik, Roslyn Pittsford
Memorial High School: Susan Hilder, Gary Koch, Lisa Larberg (Extended Service Award), Darla Shirley, Jim Stones (Extended Service Award), Emily Waltman
Memorial Middle School: Cathy Blundell, Ave Duran, Dulce Segovia, Lauren Simpson, Mickie Strait, Stephanie Tippitt, Francine Todes
Nottingham Elementary: Mary Hoffman, Nancy Lancaster, Michelle Pendleton, Maria Thurow
Pine Shadows Elementary: Ashley Harlan, Michelle Morford, Natalie Plavney, Sarah Pollicove
Rummel Creek Elementary: Kris Burk, Mary Kerr, Amy Mahood, Shannon Otermat, Karen Ross (Extended Service Award), Jill Terrell, Francine Todes, Marnie Vandenburg, Pam Wichmann
Sherwood Elementary: Heather Camfield, Kelly Schuler
Spring Branch Middle School: Cathleen Ezanidis, Margaret Sanders, Suzanne Stiles, Merrie Watkins
Spring Forest Middle School: Lori Brown, Susi Hagedon, Kelly Harkins, Kenneth Jones
Spring Woods High School: Theresa Rivera
Stratford High School: Diane Fishman, Scott Kennedy, Gene Rutland, Robin Udstuen, Amy Watkins, Lauren Yonkin
Valley Oaks Elementary: Bruce Burgner, Kim Graham, Lyn Greenwood, Rebecca Kim, Connie Pike, Mary Kay Schuessler, Winnie Youngblood
Wilchester Elementary: Elizabeth Elliott, Leigh Fowler, Christine Gentil, Mimi Hamilton, LaJeana Hardig
SBISD Council of PTAs: Wayne Schaper Sr., Dmel Tatum
Academy of Choice, Vutheary Lazo
Cornerstone Academy, Linda Bosworth
District Alternative Education Program (DAEP), Ricardo Concepcion
Guthrie Center for Excellence, Erin Land
Landrum Middle School, Maricela Olivarez
Memorial High School, Stephanie Mosley
Memorial Middle School, Pilar Rivera
Northbrook High School, Jonathan Claydon
Northbrook Middle School, Crystal Nicholas
Spring Branch Middle School, George Ochoa
Spring Forest Middle School, Alissandre Robbins
Spring Oaks Middle School, Edith Lewis
Spring Woods High School, Alicia Maples
Spring Woods Middle School, Anthony Bergstrom
Stratford High School, Suza Sharp
Westchester Academy for International Studies, Daniel Robison