American Graduate Champion: Allison Rich

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

allison-richToday’s Champion is Allison Rich. Rich is a University of Texas Student majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is a Robotics Mentor for girls who are in The Lady Cans, an all girls robotics team located in the greater Austin area. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Allison is my mentor and she has helped me gain more confidence, improve my leadership skills, and helped me figure out what I want to do when I get older. She also encourages me to pursue what I love.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

American Graduate Champion: Jon Bailey

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

jon_bailey1Today’s Champion is Jon Bailey. Bailey is the assistant principal at Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy and works with students, staff, and parents. He also encourages students with the drumline and pushes students to do well and be responsible. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Other would benefit to know that there is someone out there that is teaching us what it means to be a young man. How to be responsible, good, and a future leader.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Alexander (Xander) Christou

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

alexander-christouToday’s Champion is Alexander (Xander) Christou. Alexander is in the seventh grade at Fulmore Middle school. He started an initiative, Hooked By Books, in which he partners with publishers to provide a free book to each child in an at-risk elementary school. He has a book review blog, foreverbookish.com, writes for well-known blog “Page to Premiere,” plays soccer, is member of Book People’s Teen Press Corps, attends book conferences & author events, and is the co-editor of school literary magazine. The recognition letter by the community said: “Xander’s pluck and social entrepreneurship is a lesson for all of us – that no matter what your age, you can be driven by your gifts and passions and share them with the world to make it a better place. Powerful voices come from every age, every corner of the world, every gender, race and creed. Just touching one life can make all the difference in the world, and setting goals and trying to reach them using creativity and compassion rather than keeping your gifts to yourself can start a fire that burns for a long time, both in yourself and in those you serve. Being proud of being “different,” being an individual and standing up for yourself takes guts and intelligence and grit.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Communities In Schools of Central Texas AmeriCorps Members

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

communities-n-schoolsToday’s Champion are Communities In Schools of Central Texas AmeriCorps Members. Communities In Schools of Central Texas AmeriCorps members serve for 10 months as tutors and mentors on local school campuses with the highest concentrations of students living in poverty. The support they provide empowers students to succeed in school. AmeriCorps is a strong National Service program and others would benefit from knowing about this story and the opportunities that AmeriCorps offers across the country. Due to their experience with the CIS of CT AmeriCorps program, some of our members have changed their career path towards a life in social work or teaching. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “The members serve tirelessly as mentors and tutors to remove barriers that may be preventing their students from being successful in school. By working right on local school campuses, CIS of CT AmeriCorps members meet students where they are and they provide regular, ongoing supports that students can count on. CIS of CT AmeriCorps members act as caring, adult role models. They are invested in the success of the students they work with. Thanks to the CIS of CT AmeriCorps program, Communities In Schools serves an extra 1,200 students every year.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Bako Ambianda

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

bako-ambiandaToday’s Champion is Bako Ambianda. Bako is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist and an engineering student. He is the author of Destined to Win in the Game of Life, a self-improvement book that provides a blueprint of how people can tap into their potentials. He was a 2014 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Competitor and has served as the Vice President of Public Relations for the University of Texas At Austin Sciences Toastmasters. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “What began as a young man’s desire to overcome his own physical and emotional obstacles has grown into his mission to help people reach their highest potential and obtain their greatest goals. He delivers a high energy message that tells people through firsthand experience on how to live up to their full potential.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Les Brown

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

les-brownToday’s Champion is Les Brown. Brown is a renowned public speaker, author and television personality. He has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. He is motivating and training today’s generation to be achievers and leaders. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “I discovered Les Brown just by searching motivational videos online. As I watched his videos, they were so touching that I decided to order one of his books, LIVE YOUR DREAMS. As I read through the book, the stories touched my life. I felt he had walked through many experiences I could relate with. I felt he wrote that book for me. I developed a stronger vision for my life. Now, I embrace a personal philosophy that goes hand-in-hand to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

American Graduate Champion: Megan Sheffield

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

megan-sheffieldToday’s Champion is Megan Sheffield. Megan Sheffield is an immigration lawyer that has been advocating for undocumented students and families. Megan volunteers regularly to organize DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) educational forums and clinics. She often takes pro-bono cases and defends families. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Her kindness and advocacy for immigrant families is an inspiration. Megan is a tireless advocate and makes a point to getting to know and build strong relationships with the families and students she helps.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

American Graduate Champion: Stephanie Bonnet-Kramer

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

stephanie-bonnet-kramerToday’s Champion is Stephanie Bonnet-Kramer. Stephanie is the Early Childhood Program Administrator for Hays CISD. She manages the eight campus based Early Learning Centers for the children of district employees. She also provides leadership and support for the district’s Pre-K and Kinder programs. In addition to that, she serves as the liaison between the district and outside agencies such as E3 Alliance, Head Start, United Way, Agri-Life, Region XIII, and other community childcare programs. She gives guidance and support to all early childhood students, teachers, and staff. Stephanie also assists in the collaboration between home, school, and the community. Using programs such as Love and Logic for Parents and Teachers, as well as many other resources, she also provides training to teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, as well as parents in the community. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “I feel as if Stephanie should serve as an inspiration for everyone to not only do a job, but do it well and with genuine pleasure. Her love for young children motivates her to seek out the most innovative and most effective information to teach and serve our communities youngest members. Her passion for what she does ignites in others to work as hard for betterment of the education of young children.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Bianca Neal

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

bianca_nealToday’s Champion is Bianca Neal. Neal is a Restorative Justice Coordinator with KIPP Connections Charter School. And she is the liaison between students, teachers, and parents. She is the glue that keeps things together and the sandpaper that smooths out the rough spot. She is an advocate for the student. Neal is a Champion because she tirelessly serves youth in her community. She has done it for a decade. She facilities conversations between students as well as students and their parents. In doing so she is able to deliver justice where it is deserved. Students appreciate this method of interaction and benefit from the conversations. Bianca went above and beyond her job responsibilities and created a speakers series at her school where she leverages her community connections and brings in distinguished and esteemed speakers and community leaders that educate and inspire the students. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “She is such a light at her school. The students and staff love her! None of this is her responsibility…it’s her passion. She’s awesome!”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

KLRU congratulates Westlake HS Teacher Natalie Cannon!

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Central Texas educators continue to garner national attention from PBS LearningMedia!

Natalie Cannon is the latest educator to be named a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. Natalie teaches various levels of Latin at Westlake HS in Eanes ISD, and co-sponsors The WHS Latin Club. Natalie began teaching middle school at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School before moving to Westlake High School, where she has now taught for six years. Her favorite part of her job is finding productive uses for modern technology in order to enliven an ancient language for her students.

Over the next year, Natalie will take part in a professional development program that will prepare her to extend her influence as a digital learning ambassador in her school and community.

Natalie’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: A Roman’s Eye View

PBS LearningMedia is PBS’ digital archive of 100,000+ educational assets made available to educators and the US public – for free! In Central Texas, over 7,000 educators have to date created LearningMedia accounts for use in their classrooms and for their own interests. Teachers can build and archive lessons incorporating digital media, and a new student feature allows their students to create and display storyboards to demonstrate their knowledge.

Check out Central Texas’ prior LearningMedia Digital Innovator, Julie Hildebrand, here