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ESL - February 2008

Tascosa High School

"Hard working," "determined," and "amazing" are just a few of the words used to describe this particular class. The ESL class at Tascosa High School is full of students from other countries that have to work extra hard to succeed in the classroom. Teacher Crystal Dozier says that her students dream of going to college and that they work hard every day to make that dream come true.

Overcoming odds is what makes these kids worthy of the Class Act award. School Counselor Mandy Abernathy says, "Words cannot describe the accomplishments on a daily basis and the eagerness these students have to learn and be productive US citizens." Their accomplishments are well worth being recognized and their hard work deserves applause, but when asked what her favorite thing is about her students, Miss Dozier says, "their smiles."

Photo: (L-R) Back - Les Simpson-Publisher, Amarillo Globe-News, Crystal Dozier-ESL Teacher, Magaly Limas, Gary Molberg-President,Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, Martha Picazo, Dale Williams-Xcel Energy, Lydia Raygoza, Raouf Behinaein, Dcontee Doerue, Patience Harmer, Dalir Khamisi, Abraham Alvarez, Fereshteh Khamisi, Omid Khamisi, Asaad Khamisi, Nika Darravan, Ellie Tahmouresi, Farshad Khamisi, Lilita Phongpaew, Gary Pitner-Panhandle Regional Planning Commission, Barbara Simms-Park Central, Yussuf Mohamed, Casiano Agustin, Jay Ricci-KVII, Levy Ceniza, Dustin Kile-United Supermarkets, Kris Burdis-United Supermarkets and Carlos Valenzuela.
Front - Diane Edmondson-ESL Assistant Teacher, Cherie Norman-Hastings, Payam Khamisi, Toloue Askarirad, Becky Zenor-Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Petty-WTAMU, Hector Arce, Mary Barlow-BSA, Anjela Doraji, Mayor Debra McCartt, Ladan Khamisi, April Altom-Education Credit Union, Jill Dana-McDonalds, Junior Doerue, Mary Jane Nelson-Amarillo Area Foundation, Dianne McClish-Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, Gowhar Hamzai, Maury Roman-Amarillo College and Eduardo Ramirez
Photo by Henry Bargas

calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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