Ms. Spellmann (right) recently being awarded a JEF Principal Scholarship
Congratulations go to Copperfield Elementary Principal Gerrie Spellmann who has been named the Region 20 Texas Elementary Principal and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) President Elect. She is a great instructional leader who professionally engages students, parents and staff. Judson ISD is proud of her and know she will be a great asset to TEPSA as she has been for JISD.
Amber Ramirez on bus to last year's State Girls Basketball Tournament
Blink and she'll catch you sleeping on the court...Wagner grad Amber Ramirez continues to lead and succeed on the basketball court. She was one of the stars in the Team USA Under 18 Girls Basketbal Team and that group went all the way to the gold medal game of an international basketball tournament (FIBA). They went undefeated and won the final game against Canada 109-62. Judson ISD shares the pride and congratulations with Texas Christian University where Amber will be playing her collegiate basketball.
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Chief Ramon with officers attending TxSBLE conference in Corpus Christi
JISD Police Chief Teresa Ramon has been helping keep our students and staff safe for years now and her contributions to school safety even go beyond the district boundaries. Because of her impact here and beyond, at its recent state conference, the Texas School Based Law Enforcement (TxSBLE) recently awarded her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This is a pioneering award that recognizes law enforcement officers who have established and sustained efforts toward keeping schools safe and secure.
Chief Ramon has built her 20 year career not only around knowing the law as it applies to school safety, but also consideration and professionalism with student and staff that has been returned with deep appreciation and respect from them. She has been with Judson ISD for 14 years and even recently took her experience and perspective to the White House participating in a special panel discussion that focused on women and the criminal justice system. We congratulate Chief Ramon on this recognition and express thanks for all she has done for the safety of our campuses and her contributions to law enforcement.
Chief Ramon at White House earlier this year
Rick Dawdy giving board members and superintendent cabinet members a tour in 2015
Career and Technology Education (CTE) teacher Rick Dawdy is one of those teachers whose instruction, influence and mentoring will last for a very long time. He retired this year ('15-'16), but in a recent newsletter article in CareerSafe, his legacy regarding safety in the workplace was featured. While he spent many years in JISD, he spent the last several of his career at Wagner High School teaching the highly sought after skill of welding. But safety was always a high priority with him and his students. In fact, CareerSafe is an OSHA certification all of the district's CTE teachers now retain and Mr. Dawdy required all of his students to earn the student lifetime certification to support their chances for success in this career. We will miss his contributions to the district and of course his students, but are proud of his successes and wish him only the best in retirement to spend more time with his family.
Jordan and Hailey Goins
Winning a scholarship is a big enough thrill, but winning it along with a family member is extra special. Judson softball players Jordan and Hailey Goins are twin sisters who have been terrific members of the Lady Rockets Softball Team were recently notified that they both have been awarded "The Top Gun Invitational" scholarship. Both Jordan and Hailey worked diligently in completing the applications in the spring and met the expectations with their athletics, academics and community service. Only two people in the nation were awarded the scholarships, so they are very honored and excited. They both committed early to the University of the Incarnate Word and will sign formally in November with the Division-1 Southland Conference School. Congratulations and we look forward to your senior year as Rockets!