Park Independent School District
14705 Woodforest Blvd. w Houston, Texas 77015 w (832) 386-1230
Staci Stanfield w Director of Communications

September 18, 2002


GPISD volunteers honored by TEA

Dedicated and devoted are words often used to describe Chris Tinsley and Bev Morris. Both women volunteer in GPISD schools and were honored by the State Board of Education for their service to public school children.

Tinsley and Morris received the Heroes for Children award. The State Board of Education reviewed dozens of applications from across Texas. Only 15 volunteers received this prestigious recognition. The honorees were recognized for volunteering their time, talents and skills to help improve the public schools in Galena Park ISD during a special presentation in Austin. As honorees, Tinsley and Morris had their names engraved on a plaque that is permanently displayed in the Travis Building in Austin.

After 25 years of teaching, Tinsley spent the next 15 years volunteering in public schools. Currently she volunteers at Cloverleaf Elementary. Tinsley’s projects include telling stories about Texas history that reinforce fourth grade curriculum. She has also coached several children to perform their own stories for the Houston Storytellers Festival.

“She is inspiring,” Claudia Macias, assistant principal, said. “She takes the theme of a book and brings it to life. She opens her heart to the children and they love her.”

“I believe that as a group of Americans with the most years of experience, we, as senior citizens, must invest our time, energy and imagination to make education work in our communities,” Tinsley said. “We have a unique opportunity to leave a legacy of learning for all generations to follow.”

Morris volunteers on a team that develops curriculum to teach character traits to students at Green Valley Elementary. “Children need to know that they are important, loved and have potential,” Morris said. “As a citizen of our community, I feel compelled to spend a portion of my time helping our school children realize that they have unlimited potential.”

Morris’ programs help students learn problem-solving skills and qualities such as responsibility, conflict management, goal-setting and citizenship.

Michelle Bonton, school counselor, nominated Morris as a Hero for Children. “In a world where everyone is calling for greater academic achievement,” Bonton said, “Bev serves to remind us that academic achievement without strong character development undermines our ability to help children reach their full potential as human beings.”

Both of these outstanding volunteers are motivated, caring and committed. Most importantly, they contribute to the academic success of the children whom they mentor.

HURRAY TO THE HEROES. From left, Chris Tinsley and Bev Morris received the Heroes for Children award from the State Board of Education for their volunteer efforts in Galena Park ISD.