UCISD Celebrates


Cynthia Besares, April's Employee of the Month!

posted Apr 16, 2018, 9:53 AM by Yvette Perez   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 9:53 AM ]

Employee of the month for April as Cynthia Besares, Morales Junior High as library instructional aide. Mrs. Besares has served the children of Uvalde CISD since 2015. Her dedication and commitment find her serving the students and staff of Morales Junior High in a wide array of tasks. Students are able to interact with Mrs. Besares in the library where she serves her primary role as library instructional aide. However, if there is a special event on the campus you will find Mrs. Besares serving as the official MC encouraging students to practice their best manners while hyping up the crowd with an enormous energy only to be described as Coyote Pride. If you follow Morales Junior High on Facebook, Mrs. Besares is one of the main account managers keeping the account up-to-date with the happenings of the campus and celebrations. Recently, Mrs. Besares organized a day of prayer to take place on campuses and at the Honey Bowl to bring individuals together to pray for our students and staff members. When it comes to serving the students of Uvalde CISD Mrs. Besares has no limits. Please help me congratulate Cynthia Besares as our Employee of the Month!

Manuel Ayala, March's Employee of the Month!

posted Mar 14, 2018, 10:18 AM by Yvette Perez   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 10:18 AM ]


The Employee of the Month for March is awarded to Manuel Ayala, Robb Elementary Assistant Campus Administrator. Mr. Ayala has served the students of our district since 2014. He continued his teaching career at Uvalde High School as a Spanish Teacher and coach. He has served as a coach for Football, Weightlifting, Track, Swim, and Basketball. A coach not only serves as a mentor and guide to the students, however many times coaches acquire a CDL Drivers License to be able to transport the team.


Mr. Ayala now serves the students of our district at Robb Elementary as an Assistant Campus Administrator. As a campus administrator, Mr. Ayala can be found interacting with students in classrooms, at school dances, overseeing activities in the courtyard and much more. Mr. Ayala is an extremely active individual on and off the campus.


One of the many tools Mr. Ayala has in his toolbox is his CDL Drivers License, which was put to use on Friday, March 2nd when our Transportation Department was in need of an additional bus driver. When Mr. Ayala received the call to action he immediately responded with the support of his campus principal, Mrs. Becky Reinhardt. It was a true surprise to the students at Robb Elementary to see Mr. Ayala behind the wheel of a school bus as he opened the door to welcome students onto the bus.


Mr. Ayala’s actions to serve the students of our district in any way necessary is very much appreciated. Mr. Ayala shares, “We come together as district employees to help each other out when one person or department is in a pinch. I strongly believe we are a team and we must do what we are able to help the "team" succeed.  It was such a great way to end my day and set me into my weekend seeing all of our students smile and say thank you as they entered and exited the bus.” Please help me congratulate Manuel Ayala as our Employee of the Month!


Lupita Estrada, February's Employee of the Month!

posted Mar 14, 2018, 10:06 AM by Yvette Perez   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 10:16 AM ]


The Office of the Superintendent recognizes outstanding instructional and non-instructional employees in Uvalde CISD.

The Employee of the Month for February is awarded to Lupita Estrada, Morales Junior High Cafeteria Manager. Lupita has the honor of greeting the students at Morales Junior High twice a day with tasty meals. She puts forth a great effort along with the cafeteria staff to ensure the cafeteria is always ready and festive for the students. The cafeteria smells delicious and looks great. The cafeteria staff participates in all the festive themes by dressing and decorating the cafeteria to participate in campus activities.

Lupita’s kind heart has her thinking of others. She can be found preparing meals, helping to set-up for events, or training the ladies in the cafeteria. She is a great leader wherever she is at in the kitchen, the cafeteria, the school courtyard or in the community. It is well known that on Halloween if you have had your fill of candy you can go by Lupita’s home for a delicious plate of Carne Guisada. She prepares the meal for those parents who are rushing home from work to take their children Trick or Treating and did not have a chance to cook dinner. Lupita is truly a unique woman with a heart of gold. Mrs. Cynthia Besares shares, “Lupita clearly demonstrates that she loves what she does, loves to help and loves to serve everyone on Morales Junior High. We are lucky to have her at our campus!” Please help me congratulate Lupita Estrada!

This monthly recognition began in October 2014 utilizing an online form. District employees can be nominated by their supervisors, colleagues, community members, students, parents, etc. on an ongoing basis. A selection committee meets to review all nominations for the month to select one Employee of the Month. Nomination Forms are located on the Uvalde C.I.S.D. website (www.ucisd.net) on the UCISD Celebrates webpage. Nominations are to be submitted to the Office of the Superintendent, via e-mail to mgonzales4594@uvaldecisd.net, interoffice mail or dropped off at Central Office. Employee of the Month will be announced in the Superintendent’s Monday Message. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding full-time Uvalde C.I.S.D. employees.

Humberto Torres, January's Employee of the Month!

posted Jan 17, 2018, 1:16 PM by Yvette Perez   [ updated Jan 17, 2018, 1:17 PM ]

Our employee of the month for January as Humberto Torres, Dalton Kinder Teacher. Mr. T, as he is fondly called by his students and staff represents the art and humanity of what a model educator is. Mr. T is a caring and loving teacher who is committed to helping his students be successful. He has high expectations for his students and has built positive relationships with students and parents. His willingness to help others and take initiative to help the Dalton campus be successful is demonstrated in leading staff trainings in PBIS and Classroom Dojo. Mr. T has also made himself available to help teachers with technology or any need that arises. He collaborates and is supportive of his colleagues during PLC and Campus Planning Committees. Mr. T is also dependable and always attends campus and district trainings such as PBIS andLead4ward with a great attitude and ready to share information with the campus. He has also invited his Boy Scouts Troops 81 to help with campus events and to read to his students. Mr. T serves in the Boy Scouts and as a member of the Lion's Club. As a former Eagle Scout he is mentoring one of our high school students who is currently completing his Eagle Scout Projection the Dalton Campus.

Mr. Contreras shares, “Dalton is blessed to have such a positive, caring and committed teacher dedicated to helping Dalton be a leader in Early Childhood Education. Mr. T makes a difference and he makes us better! Mr. T is Positive, has a heart for serving others, and has a universal commitment to the success of ALL the students and staff of Dalton. Mr. T always communicates in a positive and professional manner. He is friendly and has a great sense of humor. He is a pleasure to be around. Mr. T is a disciplined educator. He is always here before 7 am when the students arrive. He is always looking for ways to grow and improve. He is committed to being an educator. Mr. T is also pursuing his a Master's Degree in Education Leadership with the hopes of being a principal in the future. Mr. T is always looking for ways to become better. He is open to suggestions. He is driven and possess a "Whatever it Takes" attitude.” Please help me congratulate Humberto Torres!

Joseph Olan, December's Employee of the Month!

posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:38 AM by Yvette Perez   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 9:39 AM ]

The Office of the Superintendent recognizes outstanding instructional and non-instructional employees in Uvalde CISD.

The Employee of the Month for December is awarded to Joseph Olan, Academic Dean at Uvalde High School. Mr. Olan has honorably served our country in the Army and now serves the students of Uvalde CISD. Mr. Olan earned a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University, a master’s degree from the University of Houston and is working on completing a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) from Johns Hopkins University in the summer of 2018. Mr. Olan is new to the Uvalde district and a blessing to have at the high school campus. Mr. Olan has been serving in the education field since 2008 in a variety of positions gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience. He currently holds the following certifications, Texas Teachers Evaluation and Support Systems Certified Appraiser, Texas Bilingual Education Supplemental, EC-12 Special Education, Composite Social Studies and Texas Principal Certification. Mr. Olan is an excellent role model for the campus. He lives his life with one single motto, “Anything for our students!” A fellow colleague shares, “Mr. Olan defines the qualities of every Coyote Character trait. His heart and vision are absolutely in the best interest of our students and school. He never takes a break and keeps working for that purpose.” Please help me congratulate Joseph Olan!


This monthly recognition began in October 2014 utilizing an online form. District employees can be nominated by their supervisors, colleagues, community members, students, parents, etc. on an ongoing basis. A selection committee meets to review all nominations for the month to select one Employee of the Month. Nomination Forms are located on the Uvalde C.I.S.D. website (www.ucisd.net) on the 
UCISD Celebrates webpage. Nominations are to be submitted to the Office of the Superintendent, via e-mail to mgonzales4594@uvaldecisd.net, interoffice mail or dropped off at Central Office. Employee of the Month will be announced in the Superintendent’s Monday Message. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding full-time Uvalde C.I.S.D. employees.

Virginia Eliott, November's Employee of the Month!

posted Nov 12, 2017, 7:20 PM by Yvette Perez   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 8:28 AM ]

The Office of the Superintendent recognizes outstanding instructional and non-instructional employees in Uvalde CISD.

The Employee of the Month for November is awarded to Virginia Eliott, Assistant Campus Administrator at Morales Junior High School. Ms. Eliott earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a master’s degree from Sul Ross. Ms. Eliott has served our district for five years in many capacities. Ms. Eliott has a passion for educating and supporting our students inside the classroom, as a chaperone for a leadership academy, as an instructional coach, as a cheer coach, and as an assistant principal. She wears many hats with grace and elegance. She leads with her heart and is willing to support the district as a whole. Ms. Eliott took on the Morales Junior High Cheer Team to provide cheer and leadership for our junior high students. She is now extending her leadership to the UHS Cheer Team. Ms. Eliott’s heart leads her actions and dedication. Please help me congratulate Virginia Eliott!


This monthly recognition began in October 2014 utilizing an online form. District employees can be nominated by their supervisors, colleagues, community members, students, parents, etc. on an ongoing basis. A selection committee meets to review all nominations for the month to select one Employee of the Month. Nomination Forms are located on the Uvalde C.I.S.D. website (www.ucisd.net) on the UCISD Celebrates webpage. Nominations are to be submitted to the Office of the Superintendent, via e-mail to mgonzales4594@uvaldecisd.net, interoffice mail or dropped off at Central Office. Employee of the Month will be announced in the Superintendent’s Monday Message. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding full-time Uvalde C.I.S.D. employees.

Andrea Williams, October's Employee of the Month!

posted Oct 13, 2017, 9:56 AM by Yvette Perez   [ updated Oct 13, 2017, 9:56 AM ]


National Principals Month!

posted Oct 9, 2017, 10:31 AM by Yvette Perez   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 7:10 PM ]

October is National Principals Month, let us pay tribute to our outstanding administrators in our district. Thank you for setting high standards for instruction, achievement, character, and developing a positive school environment. U.C.I.S.D. recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great.
#thankaprincipal

Jennifer Griffin, September's Employee of the Month!

posted Sep 11, 2017, 3:39 PM by Yvette Perez   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 3:40 PM ]

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize our employee of the month. This employee is being recognized for being an outstanding example of what instructors in Uvalde C.I.S.D. should achieve to be. Jennifer Griffin is an exceptional instructional coach at Flores Elementary.  She has been working tirelessly to bring together teachers from two different schools into the new Flores Elementary Campus. She has spent her personal time to get classrooms set up for teachers, plan professional development, answered countless texts and emails from teaching staff. It is evident that Jennifer feels personally responsible to every student and teacher at Flores Elementary. She has taken it upon herself to be the unofficial mentor to all the new teachers.  Jennifer has strong relationships with all staff members. She recognizes the positive work that each teacher is doing, while assisting staff members however she can.  She is available 24/7 for whatever a teacher may need.  Jennifer jumps into mediate misunderstandings, creates team building activities, and loves her staff. Jennifer has worked with the administrative team at Flores Elementary to remind teachers that the heart of education is within each individual teacher. Outside of her work hours, Jennifer designed professional development sessions so that every teacher would have the information they needed to kick of the school year on the right path.  She empowered other teachers to lead small groups of teachers through professional development sessions building teachers’ capacity as experts in the field. Jennifer’s love for students and staff is palpable and apparent in all of her actions. Jennifer is a tireless worker. She has practically lived at Flores Elementary. She will do whatever is necessary to make sure that students and staff are supported. She has willingly given her personal time to make sure that little details are taken care of to take something off of teachers' plates. Jennifer consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty. She has stayed nights and weekends at Flores to make sure that the campus is a great place for students to learn and teachers to teach. Jennifer is exceptionally caring, empathetic, and personable. She greets every child that she sees with affection.  Jennifer builds strong relationships with teachers and makes sure that she always stays positive. She has a tremendously challenging job and always rises to the challenge with optimism, perseverance, and a smile.  Uvalde C.I.S.D. is blessed that Jennifer Griffin is a Coyote; she is definitely loyal and true. Please help me congratulate Jennifer Griffin!

Hope Sandoval, April's Employee of the Month!

posted Apr 4, 2017, 8:55 AM by Yvette Perez   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 8:55 AM ]


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