The Texas Education Agency announcing Houston Elementary School has been nominated for the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award. Only 26 schools in Texas were nominated and typically only a few hundred earn nominations nationally.
Houston Elementary was nominated as an Exemplary High-Performing School.
Houston offers the Minitropolis program where students earn real life leadership, career and finance skills. They become mayor, police officers, nurses and more – learning about responsibilities, earning “money” and managing it. They also develop the confidence to become effective thinkers and communicators.
“This is a tremendous honor,” McAllen ISD Superintendent J.A. Gonzalez, Ed.D., said as he congratulated the Houston staff in the school library. “I’ve been with this district for 21 years and I can tell you that this is one of my proudest moments. This school deserves a national recognition because you work hard day in and day out. You earned it. You have sustained a legacy of excellence because this school has been doing it for a long time.”
Houston Principal Debra Thomas Loya credited her students, staff and parents.
“Every single person had a piece in it; we should all rejoice,” the nine-year principal said. “I feel like this is my proudest career moment. It’s the culmination of a lifetime in education. The nomination is a combination of determination, hard work and knowing our kids have to succeed. No matter how much extra work it takes, we’re going to do it.”