Raise Your Hand Texas Hosts Local Leadership Luncheons

October 7, 2013 |

Brownsville leaders join to discuss strengthening public education in South Texas. From left to right: George McShan, RYHT Community Ambassador; Ginger Armstrong, Elementary Principal and RYHT Leadership Program Alumna; Gonzalo Salazar, Supt., Los Fresnos CISD; Rene Capistran, President-South Texas Region, SpawGlass Contractors Inc.; MJ Nicchio, RYHT Dir. Govt. Relations.

Last week, Raise Your Hand Texas hosted two Leaders in Education luncheons in Tyler and Brownsville, each focusing on the importance of local leadership in improving Texas public schools.

Led by local education leaders and Raise Your Hand Texas staff, these luncheons provided updates on Raise Your Hand Texas program investments in developing campus leaders and our advocacy efforts while also sharing information with community members on how to get involved in strengthening public schools in their communities.

The Tyler event, organized by local Raise Your Hand Texas Community Ambassador Michelle Carr, featured:

  • Robert E. Lee High School principal and Raise Your Hand Texas Leadership Program alumnus Gary Brown sharing his experiences at Harvard University’s Principals’ Institute;
  • Dr. David Anthony, CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas, providing a legislative update and emphasizing the importance of local involvement in improving public schools; and
  • Keynote speaker Bill Ratliff, former Lieutenant Governor of Texas, encouraging attendees to support teachers and tell the “good news” about what is happening in local public schools.

The Brownsville luncheon, organized by Raise Your Hand Texas Community Ambassador, George McShan, and Brownsville community advocate Denise Chavez, brought together local business leaders and involved citizens of South Texas. Event highlights included:

  • Virginia Armstrong, Principal of Sam Houston Elementary, relating her experience as a Raise Your Hand Texas Leadership Program alumna;
  • MJ Nicchio, Director of Governmental Relations for Raise Your Hand Texas, sharing a legislative update and emphasizing the importance of local legislative leadership; and
  • Gonzalo Salazar, Superintendent of Los Fresnos CISD, addressing the importance of working with local businesses to meet workforce demands.

Both events reflected Raise Your Hand Texas’ outreach goal of creating informed and engaged communities of individuals across the state willing to take action to strengthen public schools for all students.

If you are interested in learning more about Raise Your Hand Texas or you would like to show your support for your local public schools, please join our cause and take a stand for public education in Texas. Learn more at www.RaiseYourHandTexas.org/Join.


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