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Dr. Carl A. Montoya, JISD

The more time I spend as Judson ISD superinten-

dent, I get to know more about our quality teachers,

students and staff members and even learn about

their stories. They inspire and remind me why educa-

tion is still such a rewarding experience.

Eliana Parada, an eight-grader at Kitty Hawk Middle

School and now a freshman at Judson High School,

represented JISD at a summer workshop at the Na-

tional SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in Wash-

ington D.C. The experience and leadership of Julian

Acevedo, who mentored Eliana at Kitty Hawk and

many other JISD students during his career, was also

recently rewarded by his peers, who elected him

president of the Texas Industrial Vocational Associa-


Judson High’s girls track team has won University

Interscholastic League state championships in each

of the past two years. Renee Gerbich, who coached,

encouraged and molded the team into a cohesive

unit, was recently honored as the U.S. Track and

Field Coaches Association’s 2015 girls high school

track coach of the year.

Then there’s Bonnie Anderson, who for years has

earned a great reputation introducing the world of

music to students Coronado Village Elementary

School. Anderson caught the eye of the National

Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ Grammy

Foundation, which selected her from more than

4,500 applicants as one of 25 semifinalists for its

2016 Music Educator Award. The top 10 finalists

will be announced in December, but whatever hap-

pens we already know she’s one of the best teachers


Other successes extend to accomplishments by the

newest JISD schools. The 2013 Bond created Cop-

perfield Elementary School, which opened for the

2014-15 school year. Its top-notch leadership and

instruction has since spurred other district elemen-

tary campuses into reducing enrollments, along with

the need for portable classrooms.

Along with creating new schools, maintaining and

renovating older campuses and buildings is also a

growing need in our district, as some facilities need

the outside attention that will match the great in-

struction being provided inside. In meeting those

needs throughout JISD, we’ll create a learning envi-

ronment that’ll be unbeatable.

In the coming months, we’ll be speaking with the

voters and outlining future plans designed to enrich

the educational quality and improve campus func-

tionality for students and staffers throughout all JISD


As part of that, JISD is planning a great social event

designed especially for our senior citizens. The

event, scheduled Feb. 6, 2016 at Judson Early Col-

lege Academy, will include live music from one of

our high school jazz bands, light refreshments and

door prizes. More details will come, and we invite

you to join us.

(JISD Student Shows Christmas Spirit– continued from page 1)

Last year, she collected over 100 blankets that she gave

to the homeless in November and December, and this

year, has decided that coats would be her project. Coats

of Comfort to let the people know that they are being

prayed for, thought of during this trying time of their life

and she hopes the coats will warm their hearts with en-

couragement and comfort this holiday season.

She is already working on her

coat collection and hopes to

increase the number this year,

and distribute before Christ-