Theresa Beitel was named KENS 5 Teacher of the Year for Judson ISD. She was presented with the KENS 5/SACU ExCEL Award in her Kitty Hawk Middle School classroom with her students looking on. Along with the honor, Ms. Beitel received a check for $1000 for her classroom to enhance what she does with her students each day.
Theresa Beitel or Terri, as she likes to be called, has been the Behavior Teacher at Kitty Hawk Middle School since 2011 and done some remarkable work. She started in education first as a volunteer at her son's school in Virginia. From there she took steps working in the library and as secretary to the principal. When she came to Kitty Hawk, she first served as a paraprofessional and a substitute teacher before getting her degree from UTSA and later becoming the go-to teacher to help students adjust to difficult circumstances and help establish positive attitudes and outcomes. While she has a special niche in what she does, she is qualified and does teach all core curriculums and social skills.
Aside from her teaching duties, Terri also serves on the Site Based Committee, the Behavior Committee as well as the Restorative Discipline Committee...a new approach to redirecting students behavior that the district is piloting.
She says she found her talent for working in her field after helping her son through some rough spots in his life. He is now a college student doing well academically after graduating from the Judson ISD.
Congratulations Ms. Beitel and thank you for what you do for our students.
Converse Elementary School recently hosted a presentation called “Learning That Moves You” for the morning Pre-K – 2nd Grade students. Ballet San Antonio’s free, interactive, arts education/outreach program brought professional ballet dancers to the school for a demonstration of their warm-up routines, basic dance steps, and a short performance of “Sleeping Beauty”. Some students were invited on stage to dance with the troupe members and try out their dancing skills. The kids really enjoyed the performance and some even tried the dance steps at recess. Many positive comments were heard after the performance including; “Wow, did you see that!”, “That was the most engaging presentation I have seen.”, “Where did the ballet dancers go? and "I want to see them again!” Thanks go out to Ms. Campbell and Ballet San Antonio for this outstanding experience. We hope to have the group return next year.
Congratulations to the Kirby Symphonic Band for receiving a Division "I" Superior rating at UIL Concert Contest. This is the first time in Kirby Middle School's history that the Symphonic (Non-Varsity) Band has brought home this accomplishment. A Superior “I” rating is the highest rating that a band can bring home from a UIL Contest. The Symphonic band was comprised of 20 members of the Kirby Band Family and are led under the direction of Ms. Ascolese. They have worked really hard this year and we couldn't be any more proud of them! Way to go Symphonic Band!
Recently, Converse Elementary was chosen as the only elementary school and only one of three schools total in San Antonio to participate in a forum for graduate students at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Mary Kay Tyson, Principal, Aimee Bailey, Professional School Counselor, and Noel Wille, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology attended "Principals, Counselors, and School Psychologists: Collaborating for Student Success!" The event brought together UTSA graduate students in the educational leadership, school counseling, and school psychology programs to learn about experiences of professionals working in the respective fields and also how the three roles collaborate in a public school setting. The College of Education and Human Development presented the Converse team with a plaque to commemorate honor and to proudly display on their campus.
The Judson MIddle School Orchestra hit the jackpot this year at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest. The Varsity Orchestra group not only earned Sweepstakes (means top honors in concert performance and sight reading), but they got straight 1s...that's the best marks from every judge in both categories. The non-varsity ensemble also did a great job by getting straight 1s in their stage performance. This is the first time Judson Middle School has ever brought two groups to contest and they did fantastic. Congratulations to Director Ms. Amy Martinez...she is very proud of her students.