Sour Lake Man Receives Governor's 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award
From left to right: Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, Lloyd Michael Warren,
Keynote Speaker Judge Cathy Cochran and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.
(AUSTIN, TX. - APRIL 17, 2014) – Lloyd Michael Warren of Sour Lake, Texas was presented the Windham School District Employee Volunteer award during the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program.
The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin. Warren is one of 15 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation.
“These men and women give their time not for monetary reward,” said Livingston. “They volunteer because they have a personal passion in seeing others succeed. We are grateful for their selfless dedication.”
Warren is the Lead Teacher for the Windham School District at the Goodman Unit. Following work every Monday, he leads the Life Skills class for the Faith Based Dorm. He began the class when he was assigned to the Stiles Unit and he continued it upon his transfer to the Goodman Unit.
The Life Skills class helps offenders with decision making, goal setting, responsible work habits, financial responsibility and profitable family time. Her serves as a positive role model for the offenders who see him at work daily and then when he’s volunteering after work. His own moral character and discipline are worthy examples for the offender participants to emulate.
Warren and his wife Christene have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. In his spare time, he likes to fish, hunt and work in his shop.
Warren is one of thousands of concerned volunteers who, like him, donate many hours of their personal time every year with the goal of changing the lives of convicted offenders, and aiding and comforting their victims. Annually, some 21,000 volunteers make 145,000 visits to criminal justice facilities and work with offenders who are on supervision, donating some 460,000 hours of service.
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“We are proud to recognize the Excellence in Teaching winner and finalists as some of the best correctional educators in the state,” WSD Superintendent Dr. Clint Carpenter said. “Recognizing excellence in teaching is one of the most important things we can do. It is our privilege to honor these top three teachers, along with their peers across the state, for making WSD a success. Their enthusiasm, skill and dedication are inspirational to all of us, and life-changing for their students.”
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These three teachers will be honored at the October WSD Board of Trustees meeting in Austin and will also represent WSD at Correctional Education Association meetings, staff development trainings, and other public gatherings sharing current information about correctional education.
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