Judson ISD

A Warm Welcome To New Teachers

Being the new kid on the block at any job can be a bit unnerving, but when you are in the company of other newbies, there's camaraderie. Judson ISD's New Teacher Academy was hosted at Veterans Memorial High School and gave those just coming into the district a good sense of how things are done in JISD.  From curriculum, field trips, or how report cards are done to pay and benefits...it's all new and we want them to feel as comfortable and confident going into the first day of school as possible. The folks in Professional Development and Human Resources did a great job in helping these 185 new employees get up to speed in a number of different areas.  They know the learning curve can be steep for someone new to the district so they will always be available for questions along the way, and of course, their campus principal and staff will be an invaluable resource too...that's the Judson ISD way!




Take A Tour Of Escondido Elementary

The name Escondido means "hidden" in Spanish, but Judson ISD certainly doesn't want to hide this beautiful new school that's about to open up. Located on Binz Engleman, it is the newest campus in the district and will take enrollment pressure off of Masters Elementary School when it opens the first day of school. Recently the JISD Operations Department, along with Facilities and Planning teamed up with Joeris, the contractor for the project, to conduct a tour of the new school. Principal Mary Kay Tyson and Assistant Principal Kelly Ruiz were also on hand to explain how each of the areas of the campus would be utilized.  Board members, Senior Staff and JISD's new Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Ball were on hand for the grand tour.  Even though furniture and books weren't quite in at the time, you could tell this will be a school for our students, parents, and staff to be proud of.  The Escondido Lions are ready to roll!




Welcoming New Principals At JISD Campuses

The 2018-19 school year for Judson ISD will see some new faces around some of our campuses.  In its regular meeting, the JISD Board of Trustees formally hired the following Principals to lead their respective campuses.  These individuals are very qualified and experienced administrators that have a lot to offer students and staff in their year of upcoming academics.  We want to do all we can to support these and all our principals as they lead each of our campuses to excellence.  

Greg Brauer, Principal at Veterans Memorial High School:

Mr. Brauer has been with JISD since 2007 as a teacher and an administrator and has served on numerous committees and teams to improve instruction and safety.  Most of his time with the district has been with Karen Wagner High School but he's coming to Patriot Nation from Judson Middle School. He will bring a wealth of experience know-how to Veterans Memorial as they graduate their first senior class.  

Sharon Balderas, Principal at Park Village Elementary School:

Ms. Balderas is a veteran teacher who has a mixture of administrative work too.  Most of her years as a teacher in JISD have been at Converse Elementary School where she began in the classroom in 2002.  She's served as an administrator at campuses such as Ed Franz, Judson High School and at Woodlake Elementary School before she was tapped to lead Park Village Elementary. 

Andrea Johnson, Principal at Candlewood Elementary School:

Ms. Johnson has been with Judson ISD since 2011. Hired first as a teacher at Judson High School, she went on to serve as an At-Risk Coordinator at Wagner High School and later the Summer School Principal in 2016.  She has jumped in and worked with several other campuses during her experience in JISD, including Assistant Principal at Kitty Hawk Middle School, Judson Evening High School, Wagner High School for several years and most recently at Masters Elementary before being selected for Candlewood's leadership.   

Linda Cruz, Principal at Crestview Elementary School:

Ms. Cruz has been with JISD for 3 years...all at Crestview Elementary School.  During that time she has been part of the system that brought National Blue Ribbon recognition to the campus as the Assistant Principal.  Seeing how that success happens and working with an experienced staff we know she'll be a great leader in her own right.  

Loretta Davidson, Principal at Coronado Village Elementary:

Ms. Davidson is a 21-year veteran of JISD. She served as a teacher for eight years at Miller's Point Elementary School before moving to administration.  Along with teaching, her experience includes work in Special Education and as Academic Dean at Metzger Middle School before moving on to Wagner, JECA, and later Veterans Memorial as an Assistant Principal.  We wish her and her staff and students every success with this new start.  

Josephine Juarez, Ed. D., J.D., Principal at Judson Early College Academy:

Dr. Juarez has been involved in education for 18 years and has served Judson ISD a good portion of that time. She has worked as an elementary school teacher as well as a secondary math teacher and later as a math instructional coach. She has most recently served as an Academic Dean and Assistant Principal at Judson High School and JECA before being tapped to be Principal at Veterans Memorial High School. Congratulations to her as she begins this new assignment at Judson Early College Academy. 



Rising 9th Graders Prep For Future

The Department of Special Programs hosted the Judson ISD “Rising 9th Grade” 2018 Summer College Planning Boot Camp at Metzger Middle School. Author, educator, college planning expert and motivational speaker, Mr. Mychal Wynn returned to Judson ISD to provide expert college admission and scholarship guidance over the course of a knowledge-intensive 5-day boot camp for students from Kirby, Judson, JSTEM, Metzger, Woodlake Hills and Kitty Hawk middle schools. 

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This comprehensive bridge program enabled the students with their personal outlook about high school including the most important, academics. These JISD Rising 9th graders left with a vast knowledge of expert college admission and scholarship guidance with an actionable and comprehensive 4-year plan to guide them throughout high school career. Throughout the action-filled 5 day camp the participants learned: 

• Why colleges and coaches are looking for leaders who are making a difference 
• How to build a resume’ that will get you into college and qualify you for thousands of dollars in college scholarships 
• How to develop middle-through-high school leadership pathways that reflect their gifts and talents 
• Why you must begin each school year with a set of academic, leadership, and community service goals 
• Why you must become team captains, club officers and qualify for academic awards 
• Why being an athlete is good, being a “scholar-athlete” is better, and being a “scholar-athlete” who is team captain will get you into the best colleges on a full scholarship 


The JISD “Rising 9th Graders” concluded camp with a formal parent presentation night. They shared their college & career aspirations, high school goals and their 4-year high school academic plans. A special thanks to the coordinator of the camp, JISD Military Family & College Readiness Specialist, Sylvia Greenwood, their guest speakers, Wagner High School Athletic Coordinator, Charles Bruce, Veterans Memorial High School Teacher & Coach, Bryan Johnson, Converse Mayor, Al Suarez, Judson High School graduate and academic scholarship recipient, Jose A. Gonzalez, 2016 JISD Boot camp participants Victoria Mata and Jose M. Gonzalez and JECA High School Senior, Kamali Jack. A huge thanks to volunteers, Ian Fernandes from Karen Wagner High School and Tech Skills on Wheels CEO and Executive Directors, David and Keely Collier that came each day to assist. Congratulations to 2018 Judson ISD “Rising 9th Graders” Summer College Planning Boot Camp participants. The future is yours!

Camp Invention: Continuing Innovation Thinking

The science experts in JISD have been busy putting together some engaging curriculum and activities for this year's Camp Invention. The program focuses on the district's Title 1 schools and gives kids the freedom to work and think with others in an environment that encourages imagination and thinking through challenging projects that are fun. Here are some photos from some of the Camp Invention sites.  As you can tell, they had a great time while they learned and created.

Woodlake Hills MS


Copperfield ES


Elolf ES


Franz ES


Hopkins ES