By Rebecca S. Jones

HOUSTON – “All children can learn if placed in an educational environment conducive for teaching and learning.” This philosophy is one which has guided the career path of the much accomplished and distinguished Warner D. Ervin. With having dedicated over four decades to education, his thorough and comprehensive knowledge of instruction and administrative practices and phenomenal interpersonal and organizational skills has allowed him to experience many successes in the world of academia.

Warner D. Ervin hails from the small community of Hooks, a town located west of Texarkana. He was reared in a religious environment by his parents, the late Rev. & Mrs. Henry W. Ervin. His fundamental years of education was completed in the Hooks Independent School District. After graduating high school, he matriculated at Texas Southern University. There, he majored in Health and Physical Education, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1973. The following year, he received a Master of Science degree in Health and Physical Education. After such attainments, he secured employment as a Teacher/Coach with the Houston Independent School District (HISD) at George Washington (also, Recreational Director) and M. C. Williams Jr. High Schools.

While employed as a Teacher/Coach, Ervin decided to further his education at Prairie View A&M University, where he achieved his Administrative and Superintendent certification in 1976. Thereafter, he became the assistant principal at Patrick Henry Jr. High School in 1977 and continued in that role at Booker T. Washington High School. Over the course of the next twenty-years, Ervin continued to soar through the ranks as a Principal at Charlotte B. Allen Elementary School, James D. Ryan Middle School and James Madison High School.

Ervin developed quite an impressive reputation after assuming the role of Principalship, making remarkable strides at every campus he served. When first selected as Prinicpal at Madison, HISD gave him one mission, “Reform Madison”. Ervin made haste and hit the ground running with his two-pronged strategy; get students in the classroom and teach them. He also implemented morning and afternoon patrol duties for teachers, enforced the student’s dress code and imposed a “no-backpack” rule, to eliminate the presence of concealed weapons on campus.

Although Ervin’s authoritarian deportment often made him unpopular amongst many of his teenage students, his method of leadership proved to be an intangible asset. Under his administration, Madison’s test scores and dropout rate improved significantly and the school built a new and larger library. To add, he also initiated programs for the severely mentally and physically challenged students; a Meteorology and Space Science Magnet Program in partnership with Channel 2, as well as, the Pre-AP/AP Program to challenge students to create a college-bound culture.

Furthermore, under his leadership Madison became the only school in Texas to receive a $250,000 College Bound Grant from the General Electric Corporation. In 1998, then-Deputy Superintendent Faye Bryant noted Ervin’s impeccable track record by referencing him as, “one of the finest principals we have.”

In 2000, Ervin transitioned from Principal to HISD-South Regional Superintendent. Continuing on in a legacy of excellence as a Regional Superintendent: he strongly supported and supervised implementation and maintenance of the PreAP/AP Program in all middle and high schools in the HISD South Region; increased the number of Recognized/Exemplary campuses in the region from “zero” in 2000 to approximately 70% in 2009 and implemented regular small group sessions (after hours) for new principals in region.

During his tenure with HISD, Ervin served in various leadership capacities and on numerous committees. He was previously a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (appointed to serve on the Governing Board), National Alliance of Black School Educators and HISD Superintendent’s Ad Hoc Committee.

Today, Ervin’s passion for educating young minds continues. After retiring from HISD as a Regional Superintendent in 2010, he incepted wEw Educational Consulting & Associates, LLC, where he serves as the Senior Consultant. wEw Educational Consulting & Associates, LLC subscribes to the mission, “Blazing New Trails and Creating a Thirst for Learning.” wEw is an educational solutions firm which offers various services to both public and private K-12 schools, to help school district administrators meet district and state level goals. The firm is comprised of knowledgeable teachers, professionals, instructional development coordinators and administrators which are tailored to accommodate organization’s specific goals and needs. For more information about services offered at wEw call, (713) 482-1311 or (713) 724-8931.

Aside from his involvement with education, Ervin has maintained an active role in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (HLS&R) as a life member. He made a historical imprint by becoming the first African-American appointed as Vice President and Lifetime Vice President of the HLS&R. To that regard, he serves on the HLS&R’s Board of Directors. He has also served as, Corporate Secretary, Chairman of the Black Go Texan Committee (1999-2002) and currently serves on several Rodeo committees including: Grand Entry, Educational Contributions Review, Heritage, Speakers and Calf Scramble.

Over the years, Ervin has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. To affirm his stance as an influential and successful educator and administrator, he has been featured and recognized by Newsweek Magazine, the Miami Herald, the San Antonio Media and the Japanese Educational Television Station.

In past, Ervin has also retained memberships with other organizations and committees and served in varying positions including: Houston Association of School Administrators (President), Young Learners Board of Education (Member), Varnett Public Schools Inc. Board (President), Houston Symphony African-American Leadership Board (Member) and State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee. He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He also completed the Houston Citizens Police Academy within the City of Houston, graduating as the President of his class.

Warner D. Ervin is married to the love of his life, Melba. Together, they are the proud parents of one daughter, Mauri; one son, Warner, II; two granddaughters, Seciley and Koirtlyn and one grandson, Karson Warner.  Ervin enjoys spectator sports, horseback riding, motorcycle riding, volunteering for the HLS&R, ranching, fishing, cooking outdoors and spoiling his grandchildren. He is an active member of  Brentwood Baptist Church, under the leadership of Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff.

Photo credit:  Priscilla Graham Photography




October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

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