Klein ISD HAABSE Celebrates Teachers and Grows Membership
With the hard work of two outstanding administrators in Klein ISD coupled with the curious minds of our dedicated educators, the growing interest to join the Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators was inevitable and the outcomes are surely incredible.
Seventeen Klein ISD educators were celebrated after being nominated for HAABSE’s Teacher of the Year, so it only made sense for us to highlight why this organization is so important for our educators, our campuses, and especially our students during Teacher Appreciation Week!
“Congratulations to each of you for being recognized as HAABSE Teachers of the Year,” said Dr. Jenny McGown, Klein ISD Superintendent. “Your heart for kids, your passion for high-quality teaching and the way that you love and serve in our Klein Family is such a blessing to me, a blessing to our entire community, and most importantly, it’s an incredible blessing to all the children in Klein ISD that we are privileged to serve.”
HAABSE is an organization that was created to enhance the education of all students and to exercise leadership in providing valuable professional services and strategies to institutions, agencies, and communities engaged in creating an environment in which students, particularly black students, can achieve academic excellence.
“When I started in Klein ISD in 2017, I was the only HAABSE member in the district,” said Ashley Johnson, 2018 TABSE/HAABSE Assistant Principal of the Year and Benfer Elementary Principal. “Currently, we have Dr. Pamela Breaux as our HAABSE District Communication Liaison working hard to make HAABSE known across Klein ISD with our membership now at 35 educators. HAABSE invites members from varying backgrounds to be a part of the organization.”
In 2020, the Klein ISD Board of Trustees signed and released a written commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion so that “all of our district employees, families, and community know they are valued and included in our promise to every student.”
“Their words of commitment are incredibly powerful and equally influential are the District’s actions to support their position,” said Dr. Pamela Breaux, Klein Forest Assistant Principal. “Actions show authenticity, and Klein’s partnership and presence with HAABSE is an open expression of its priorities. An illustration that champions thoughtfully disrupting the status quo and dismantling places and spaces in our school community that have been unintentionally oppressive to certain groups; further embracing and affirming every in our district.”
With conversations about equity at the forefront in education today, HAABSE membership has become increasingly beneficial to leaders and educators like Dr. Breaux and Ashley Johnson.
“Membership is only the first step; active involvement is where the real work begins and the magic happens,” said Dr. Breaux. “As an educator, HAABSE affords me a dynamic platform for the exchange of ideas and strategies dedicated to improvement of opportunities for African American educators and students. As a school leader, HAABSE offers the opportunity to position myself in the presence of a wealth of intellectual capital, people who continue to break glass ceilings and tear down barrier walls, people with whom I share challenging life encounters centered on equity and inclusion…the experience is truly transformative.”
At the end of the day, creating a safe place for every student to learn, grow, and excel is one of the ultimate goals in Klein ISD and the HAABSE members in our Klein Family are helping to make that happen. A HUGE congratulations to our Klein ISD HAABSE servant leaders for all they do!
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Klein ISD has an established 84-year history of excellence and innovation in education with unique pathways for EVERY student in our care to ensure learners are college, career, military, and life ready. With recognition for STEM, athletics, fine arts, and academics from highly-esteemed organizations, it is clear that Our Shared Vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose is a reality for EVERY student who walks through our doors.
About Klein ISD
Klein ISD is a school district in Klein, Texas, located in northwestern Harris County. The district spans approximately 88 square miles and serves more than 53,000 students in 33 elementary schools, 10 intermediate campuses, one high school program of choice, and 5 high schools.
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