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Top Correctional Educators Honored in Austin 2015

November 11, 2015
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PRISON EDUCATORS HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE
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(HUNTSVILLE) -- Excellence in teaching was recently recognized within the state prison system as the Windham School District (WSD) Board of Trustees honored three outstanding correctional educators during its meeting in Austin. The three finalists in the 2014-2015 WSD "Lane Murray Excellence in Teaching" initiative were nominated by their peers and selected through a rigorous screening process. The Lane Murray Excellence in Teaching Award is named for Dr. Lane Murray, pioneer superintendent of the WSD, which was formed in 1969.

As employees of WSD, these educators teach vocational, academic or behavioral management classes to eligible offenders within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). WSD employs more than 550 certified teachers at 92 prison and state jail sites.

Board of Trustees Chairman Dale Wainwright congratulates 2014-2015 Lane Murray Excellence in Teaching Award winner Jody Addy of Abilene during the Board’s October meeting

"It is a privilege to recognize the WSD ‘Excellence in Teaching' finalists as some of the best correctional educators in the state," said Chairman Dale Wainwright of the WSD Board of Trustees, which is also the Texas Board of Criminal Justice. "Their nomination and selection say a lot about professionalism, creativity and devotion to teaching."

Award winner Jody Addy works with offenders at the Robertson Unit in Abilene, teaching a computer-assisted literacy course to help prepare students to take their GED test and ready themselves for future employment. She is a 20-year veteran of correctional education.

Correctional educator Martha Estrada of El Paso is honored by Board of Trustees Chairman Dale Wainwright as a Lane Murray Excellence in Teaching Award finalist.

"I believe the cruelest thing you can do to students is to accept excuses for why they can't better themselves," Addy said. "After 20 years of teaching, I am still amazed by the difference made when students attain their GEDs. They stand taller, speak and act more maturely, and gain a peace and a confidence they have never demonstrated before. Education is a critical component of successful rehabilitation and reintegration into society. I am proud to be a part of this vital process."

The other recognized finalists and their nominating units are literacy teacher Martha Estrada of Sanchez State Jail (El Paso) and Cognitive Intervention instructor Brent Frailicks of the Moore Unit (Bonham).

Brent Frailicks of Bonham, one of the top three correctional educators in the Windham School District, is congratulated by Board Chairman Dale Wainwright during ceremonies in Austin.

"What you do every day in our classrooms in TDCJ has tremendous impact for our state, and we thank you," Chairman Wainwright told the teachers. "Please let Windham employees statewide know we appreciate the work they are doing every day to help men and women incarcerated in TDCJ change their lives and prepare to return to their families and communities. It's not easy to do this, and we will continue to applaud and support you."

Message from Superintendent Dr. Clint Carpenter:

Career and Technical Education teachers help build future

Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers in the Windham School District (WSD) align job opportunities and learning with innovative instruction. The end result is a productive, positive journey for offenders seeking workforce reentry. Windham CTE teachers across Texas bring their own professional experiences to work to elevate their students’ skill levels.

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Message from WSD Superintendent Dr. Clint Carpenter:

Black History Month celebrates employees’ roles as mentors, offers students illustrations of diversity, perseverance

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of Black Americans in U.S. history. Within the Windham School District, Black History Month is frequently used as a historical classroom topic to illustrate positive examples of diversity, history, academics, and perseverance. However, recognition within WSD also means observance of an integral part the African American community plays in correctional education. These employees are exemplary educators, mentors and leaders helping our students take steps towards changing their lives – and society. Every race is connected to the rich history of this nation, and by celebrating Black History Month, everyone is included in a tradition of acknowledgment, inclusion and community engagement. We celebrate the accomplishments of Black Americans as a foundation of future success for all.

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Success Story IconNEW - Making a positive impact - "I am very excited to be learning a new trade and to be securing employment for myself in the 'real world.'"

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Success Story IconNEW - Thank you for this program - "My son received his GED through Windham School District. I just wanted to thank you for this program."

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