Tag Archives: education

 Is Your Heart In It?

The expression “love what you do, and do what you love” is a powerful lesson. What is really satisfying is the enjoyment of our careers. Personal reward should be equivalent to earning a living. Does our job truly make us happy? It is truly important that teachers and counselors advise students to pursue an education toward a career best suited to their liking. By junior high, students are thinking of…

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Teachers Find Sweet Spot With Supply Store

Patrick and Rebecca Alvarez are teachers/owners of Super Teachers Supply.

Patrick Alvarez walks into big-box stores and their rows of school supplies and his trained teacher eye makes an astute observation. “A lot of the inventory doesn’t move,” said Alvarez, a social studies teacher at a Brownsville charter school. “It’s not what teachers really need.” The dollar stores offer discounts on inexpensive items like glitter and markers, but what about the more specific supplies and decorations teachers commonly need to…

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COVID-19 Impact on Education in 2020 and Beyond Webinar

COVID-19 Impact on Education in 2020 and Beyond

Mike Morath of the Texas Education Agency and Senator Eddie Ludio Jr. update the community on the “COVID-19 Impact on Education in 2020 and Beyond” with a webinar June 15. Participants will receive updates on: Pre-kindergarten through high school education TEA recommendations for the summer and fall of 2020 HB3 and its sustainability State senate working group on public schools and higher education Participants must register in advance.

Brownsville & Beyond: The Future Landscape of Education

TEA education webinar

During “The Future Landscape of Education” webinar on May 14, Commissioner of Education Mike Morath of the Texas Education Agency discusses TEA’s COVID-19 response and what they are discussing for next year’s academic calendar. The public may submit questions/comments for Morath online. Advance registration is also available online. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. About Brownsville & Beyond Brownsville & Beyond is…

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COVID-19’s Impact on Education in 2020 and Beyond

UTRGV higher education, COVID-19

Join UTRGV President Dr. Guy Bailey and School of Medicine Dean Dr. John M. Krouse online April 28 as they discuss COVID-19’s impact on education in 2020 and beyond. Learn about UT Health RGV’s role in COVID-19 testing across the RGV and most frequently asked questions about COVID-19. Hear about how UTRGV is maintaining educational progress while ensuring the health and safety of its campus community. Learn about the many opportunities…

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Have Your Employees Quit Their JOB


A few weeks ago, I walked into my high school alma mater to talk with member of the Jobs for America’s Graduates program. The JAG program is designed for young adults going through tough times in high school and seeing that college is not in their immediate plans. JAG teaches these students about life outside of high school without a college path. Courses are taught on budgeting, interviewing and other…

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Uniting the Valley for a Better VIDA

Oct. 1 at the South Texas College Library Rainbow Room in McAllen, VIDA career counselor Leslly Blancas discusses with VIDA students the importance of managing stress. .

In Spanish, the word vida means “life.” In the Rio Grande Valley, VIDA means a much better life for individuals and families and a stronger economy for communities across Deep South Texas. The Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 by Valley Interfaith and a group of local business leaders. They realized providing people with education, training and support to obtain higher-paying jobs would…

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McAllen School Honored as Blue Ribbon

Sam Houston Elementary Principal Debra Thomas holds up a blue ribbon emblem as students celebrate in the background. Sam Houston is one of just 26 schools in the state to earn a national Blue Ribbon award.

McAllen ISD’s Sam Houston Elementary is now a national Blue Ribbon School. The announcement came Sept. 26 with recognition of 362 school nationally by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. Only 26 schools in Texas were nominated for the prestigious Blue Ribbon. Houston was nominated as an Exemplary High-Performing School in January. It then became official with this announcement. “This is like winning the…

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Education Key to Real Estate

Buyers agent Jessica Marroquin helped her clients find the perfect home for their family.

Last week we met Ryan Peterson and Brian Reed of the Ryan & Brian Real Estate Team in Part 1 of “Local Business Gets Real (Estate).” They have been working hard since 2006 to build their business and team. But what they feel is more important than that is building the relationships with their clients and community. They feel that education is one of the most important parts of their…

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TSTC Instructors Present at National Conference

Two Education and Training program instructors from Texas State Technical College in Harlingen recently garnered some national attention in Washington, D.C. Here, they made a presentation at the National Association for the Education of Young Children conference on classroom play centers. TSTC Education and Training Department Chair Myriam Aguila and instructor Mary Elizabeth Hollmann were chosen from among hundreds submitting presentation proposals. They are also the only ones presenting from the…

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