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SHABE Honors 3 Teachers, a Board Trustee, and 4 Students From Aldine ISD – Aldine ISD

The Suburban Houston Association for Bilingual Education recently held its annual banquet to honor educators.

As organizations nationwide observe National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month in April, the Suburban Houston Association for Bilingual Education (SHABE) recently held its annual banquet. Several Aldine ISD teachers received honors as outstanding educators. Four high school senior students received SHABE Scholarships. Board Trustee Rose Avalos was also recognized for her continuous support of bilingual and ESL education.

SHABE Teachers of the Year

The Suburban Houston Association for Bilingual Education (SHABE) promotes educational opportunities for bilingual and ESL teachers. Every year, SHABE recognizes bilingual, ESL elementary, ESL secondary, and teachers of other languages; bilingual and ESL secondary teachers of the year may submit their portfolios to be considered for the TABE (Texas Association for Bilingual Education) teacher of the year. This year, the celebration banquet took place on April 5, 2024.

Elementary Bilingual Teacher of the Year: Ana Cuevas from Stehlik Elementary School
Elementary ESL Teacher of the Year: Lucila Alcarese from Ermel Elementary School
Secondary ESL Teacher of the Year: Bailey Steffek from La Promesa

Cuevas, Alcarese, and Steffek will represent the SHABE district at the Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) annual fall conference (October 17-20) in Round Rock, TX. The state winner automatically becomes the TABE nominee for the National Association for Bilingual Education Teacher of the Year competition.

The J.C. Harville Scholarship is named after the leader who helped restart SHABE in 2000. He also retired from Aldine ISD. Harville is a former bilingual teacher, retired principal, and former bilingual director. The scholarships are awarded annually to graduating seniors and current paraprofessionals. Recipients must have been in a bilingual or ESL classroom or wish to become a teacher of Emergent Bilingual students.

Scholarship Recipients

Avalos P-TECH: Génesis Chávez Muro
Davis High School: Monica Castillo Sánchez and Cardin Tran
Eisenhower High School: Maria Melara

Diana Marion García Marion Award

Rose Avalos

Another grand evening highlight came when SHABE bestowed Aldine ISD Board Trustee Rose Avalos with the Diana García Marion Award. The Diana Marion García Marion Award recognizes a member of the educational community who has advocated for and demonstrated continued support for bilingual and ESL education.

For 22 years, SHABE has supported bilingual, ESL, and foreign language educators across the area. SHABE was founded to support teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators as they educate students whose native language is not English. The Association serves to review and disseminate the state of bilingual education in Texas. Additionally, SHABE members exchange data, studies, ideas, practices, and information with area school districts and educators.

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