FBISD employees celebrate start of school year at Convocation 2013
More than 9,500 Fort Bend ISD employees came together to celebrate the start of the new school year during the District’s Convocation 2013. Held at Constellation Field and underwritten by the Fort Bend Education Foundation, the event gave FBISD employees an opportunity to reunite with colleagues and friends, hear motivational speeches, and enjoy live musical performances.
Program participants included Charles Dupre, Superintendent of Schools; Andy Ralph, Fort Bend Education Foundation Board President; Susan Hohnbaum, FBISD Board Vice President; and FBISD’s 2013-2014 Teachers of the Year, Johnny DeJesus (Elementary Teacher of the Year) and Walter Benavides (Secondary Teacher of the Year).
DeJesus and Benavides both reminded staff of their important roles in education. “You are helping set a solid foundation from which students can succeed in the classroom and in life,” said DeJesus. Benavides added that “each day when teachers walk into their classrooms, they have the opportunity to impact students lives and to show how much they care and respect their students.”
FBISD employees also enjoyed performances by the FBISD Drumline, comprised of band students representing all FBISD high schools; Ridge Point High School student Savanna Berry, who sang the National Anthem; and Elkins High School teacher Russ Clark, who also sang. Bush High School’s Navy JROTC cadets presented the colors.
Keynote speaker for the occasion, Superintendent Charles Dupre, took the opportunity to not only share the district’s core beliefs and committments, but to formally introduce himself to employees.
He shared details of his childhood and the path that led him to his superintendency. He also gave special thanks to one of his former teachers, Elaine Fischer, who was present at the Convocation to join in the celebration.
In parting, Dupre reminded employees that they are all a part of one big team, making reference to the African Proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
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