Two Houston-area educators recognized as transformational leaders

Angela Martinez, vice-principal of Ellisor Elementary School, has been recognized as one of 26 Transformational Leaders by the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University, Magnolia ISD announced.

The event took place during the 2022 Dean’s Roundtable in May at the Hildebrand Equine Complex in College Station. Martinez was joined by superintendents, administrators, teachers, professors and other professionals like Spring ISD Schools Superintendent Lupita Hinojosa.

More than 700 educators have been honored by the Dean’s Roundtable since 1991, raising more than $500,000 to support college scholarships, programs, and initiatives.

“The Dean’s Roundtable sponsors elevate the achievement and dedication of those who encourage and inspire others to excel,” said Acting Dean of the College of Education and Human Development Michael A. de Miranda in the announcement on the district’s website. “This recognition serves as an indication of the college’s efforts to promote a culture of excellence and the ideals that we hope all Texas A&M graduates will follow.”

scholarship students

14 senior graduates received $23,000 from the Magnolia Education Foundation to help pay for their education during the Scholarship Nights event, Magnolia ISD announced on its website.

Funds of $30,000 have been awarded since the foundation launched the Senior Star Scholarship in 2019. Recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, community involvement and volunteer efforts.

Eight students who are children of Magnolia ISD employees received the Senior Star Scholarship: Austin Cheek, Jaiden Garcia, Christina Duke, Claire McCusker, Magnolia High; and Taylor Vance, Shelby Tope, Sawyer Swinford, Luke Thompson, Magnolia West.

“These scholarships allow MEF to recognize seniors who understand how special it is to have a parent in the MISD family,” Magnolia Education Foundation President Stacia Norris said in the announcement.

Six seniors have been awarded the first $2,500 Coach Morris Scholarship, named after teacher and coach Alex Morris, who died in 2019.

Jordan Dickson, Eailey Evertson, Ernie Mendoza, Vincinte Savage, Magnolia High; and Isabel Oviedo, Austin Hitchcock, Magnolia West.

For more information on Magnolia Education Foundation scholarships, visit

Magnolia High student selected for prestigious jazz program

Aidan Clark of Magnolia High School was chosen to be part of the prestigious Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy in July.

Summer Jazz Academy is a two-week residential institute for advanced jazz performance learning, Magnolia ISD explained in an online announcement. The program will run July 17-30 at Bard College in New York. The program is set up and taught by a team of teachers.

Clark is one of 42 students who will have the opportunity to participate in large groups, do small combos, receive private lessons and experience different types of classes. They will also participate in public performances.

Clark plays lead trombone in the Jazz Houston Youth Orchestra and is the first student in the history of the Magnolia ISD band program to be part of the Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble.

Free summer meals for students

Free meals are available for children 18 and under and registered students with disabilities up to age 21, Magnolia ISD announced in a press release.

Meals are made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program and administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

“With nearly 2 million food-insecure children living in Texas, these healthy meals are essential to keep Texans fed during summer vacation,” said Kimberly Ohlendorf, director of child nutrition.

Breakfast and lunch will be offered at Magnolia Elementary, Williams Elementary, Magnolia Intermediate, Bear Branch Intermediate, DEAP (Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs), Magnolia High and Magnolia West.

Meals will be distributed in the cafeterias and must be consumed on site. For more information on meal sites such as dates and times, visit

Teachers celebrate their retirement

More than 40 Magnolia ISD educators celebrated their retirement in the past school year, the district announced in May.

Elementary, middle and high school staff members were recognized for their service. To see a list of all retirees, visit

Bear Branch Hosts College Event

Bear Branch Junior High held its first College & Career EPIC event in late April which more than 250 eighth graders attended, according to an announcement on the Magnolia ISD website.

The event was organized by Maria Osborn and Roxanne Langley, college and career preparation teachers, who wanted a place where students could apply what they learned by participating in mock interviews and practicing their communication skills.

The students experienced real interviews and received feedback from 28 qualified volunteers who participated in the event.

“This event helps our students gain confidence by giving them the opportunity to reflect on their non-verbal and verbal communication skills. It also gives interviewees the opportunity to make mistakes and work to correct them in a safe environment,” Osborn said.

Students also learned other skills such as check writing and budgeting and learned about the different classes and certifications available in high school.

Osborn hopes to reach more than 1,000 students next year by expanding the event to both colleges.

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