Dr. Dawn Randle
(Principal, Red Elementary School)
As President-elect of the Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators, I recently had the privilege of honoring nearly 100 teachers at our organization’s 26th Annual Outstanding Teacher Awards and Recognition ceremony.
For decades HAABSE has been dedicated to enhancing leadership in providing valuable professional services and strategies to institutions, agencies, and communities engaged in creating an environment in which students, particularly minority students, can achieve academic excellence.
This year, HAABSE awarded HISD Superintendent Terry Grier the Presidential Award, for his outstanding leadership working to bring the 2012 construction bond program to fruition. As principal of Red Elementary School which received safety and security improvements as part of the 2007 bond, I know firsthand how the 2012 bond program will improve high schools and other facilities across HISD particularly in traditionally African-American communities.
While accepting the award, Dr. Grier recognized the accomplishments of African-American students during the last school year saying he was proud the African-American graduation rate for HISD improved faster than in any other urban district nationally and that the district’s drop-out rate among African-American students is the lowest its ever been.
HAABSE advisory board member Darryl King recalled how during a speech at a luncheon last year, Dr. Grier challenged the business community to support neighborhood schools and said after listening to him, he felt compelled to do more for our children.
It is because of Dr. Grier’s vision for the future and for our children that the Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators bestowed its highest honor upon him and I like many members of this esteemed organization share his sentiment that because of the 2012 bond thousands of children’s lives will be changed forever.