An Eastside Education premieres June 23rd

You’ve probably heard of Eastside Memorial High School before, but not like this. This story follows one semester at the most talked about school in one of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fight to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed.

Click here on June 23 to watch the six-part digital series from KLRU­-TV, Austin PBS.
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American Graduate Champion: David Robb

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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.

david-robbToday’s Champion is David Robb! David is a journalism teacher at Pflugerville High School. He develops his students’ abilities to become stronger journalists and provides experience and insight on all of their projects to further their growth.

Kennedy Huff, a student at Pflugerville High School, says, “Within the three years that I’ve known him with his help I’ve gone from a student to a hardworking journalist. Robb helps students pursue their passions for storytelling. The students are fully engaged in the creative process, and David Robb takes that one step further. He inspires students to become more than they ever thought possible.”

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: Samuel Hernandez

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.

Screen shot 2015-06-04 at 10.37.12 AMToday’s Champion is Samuel Hernandez! This video shows students at Cedar Ridge High School, telling why Hernandez, a football coach, is their American Graduate Champion. The letter from student Kahli McQuitty says “Coach Hernandez has been there for me since I joined the school. As the ‘new kid’ I had to overcome many obstacles and he was there every step of the way, always with a smile on his face. Coach Hernandez is not only constantly encouraging me during football, but also to raise my grades and improve my academic life. He is easy to talk to and get advice from.”

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: Cori Mullins

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.

cori-mullinsToday’s Champion is Cori Mullins! This video shows students at Cedar Ridge High School, telling why Mullins, a Tennis coach, is their American Graduate Champion. From the letter from the students “Coach Mullins always encourages us and supports us in tennis and in school. She has taught all of her tennis players to work hard and to really go after what they want. Coach Mullins shows just how much adults in a community can support students.”

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: Jose Jimenez

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.

Today’s Champion is Jose Jimenez! This video shows students at Cedar Ridge High School, telling why Jimenez is their American Graduate Champion. “Sr. Jimenez is a great example of a teacher who is truly making a different in his student’s lives. Sr. Jimenez pushes us to do better in his class and in other classes. He makes learning so entertaining and he inspires us to do our very best. He is so friendly and open, and he makes his classroom so engaging, exciting, and comfortable. He has always helped us through high school.” Watch the video to find out more!

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: Ashley Moran

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.

ashley-moranToday’s Champion is Ashley Moran! This video shows students at Cedar Ridge High School, telling why Moran is their American Graduate Champion. “Ms. Moran is a great example of a teacher who is really making a difference in the lives of her students. She was encouraging, a real cheer leader. She would always push us in history and in our other classes.” Watch the video to find out more!

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: Kara Barfield’s Friends

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.

KaraandFriendToday’s Champions are Kara Barfield’s friends! This video shows Kara Barfield, a student at Cedar Ridge High School, and why her friends are her champions. “My friends have all inspired me to go to school and gave me the strength to push myself further. Not only did they encourage me, they made me find my love for school again.” Watch the video to find out more!

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: Brandy Beasley

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.

Ms.BeasleyToday’s Champion is Brandy Beasley! Brandy is a web design teacher at Cedar Ridge High School. Her recommendation video from Cedar Ridge High School said, “She was willing to help me when I had issues, tell me what to do to improve my work and, honestly, that made all the difference in the world to me. She made me confident in my abilities, and I do want to go into web design when I’m older because of her.” Check it out for more about Brandy.

 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: Quinton Black

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.

quinton-blackToday’s Champion is Quinton Black! Black is a coach at Cedar Ridge High School. In this video, Nolan Ferree, a student at Cedar Ridge High School, talks about why Coach Black is his champion. “I’ve only been here for two years, but Coach Black has already taught me how to be a better leader, smarter with my grades, and to participate in service hours,” said Ferree.

Watch the video to find out more about Nolan’s champion!

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: Marshall Williams

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.

Screen shot 2015-06-03 at 12.37.55 PMToday’s Champion is Marshall Williams! Williams is a coach and US History teacher at Cedar Ridge High School. In the video, Jill Porter, a student at Cedar Ridge High School, talks about why Coach Williams is her champion. “He gives positive vibes and is always happy. Coach Williams engages his students and makes sure everyone is learning and doing their best,” said Porter.

Watch the video to find out more about Jill’s champion!

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.