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March 19, 2009
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Brooks Honored at Chamber Luncheon

         Carolyn Brooks, kindergarten teacher and grade level chair at Jacinto City Elementary, was recognized as the Galena Park ISD Educator of the Month during the March 6 North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon in the Monument Room of San Jacinto College North.
            Brooks is a native Houstonian and is currently teaching at the elementary school she attended as a child. Brooks attended Jacinto City Elementary and continued in GPISD at Galena Park Junior High and then Galena Park High School.
            She earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and then began her student teaching career at Jacinto City Elementary. She has spent the past 24 years at Jacinto City Elementary and has taught third grade, pre-kindergarten, regular kindergarten and bilingual kindergarten. She has spent the last three years as the Early Intervention Reading Specialist.
            Brooks has also served as grade level chair, as a Neuhaus Trainer for the district, and served on the Kindergarten Literacy Cadre.  She was named Jacinto City Elementary’s Teacher of the Year for 1998, and has received two Dazzling Diamond Awards and a PTA Lifetime Membership. She and her husband, Thomas Brooks, have been married for 36 years.
           Her daughter, Shawna, taught at North Shore Elementary and her son, Tommy, currently teaches at Galena Park Elementary. She has four precious grandchildren that she enjoys spending time with.
           “Carolyn is one of the hardest working people I've ever met.  She is always thinking of our students and how we can bring up the bottom students.  Her enthusiasm for her work is inspiring to all who work with her.  She is one of many teachers on our campus who went to Jacinto City Elementary as a student and has returned to work as a teacher at our school.  When it comes to student success, Carolyn is one of our secret weapons,” said Jim Keal, principal at Jacinto City Elementary.

Brooks Honored
Carolyn Brooks, teacher at Jacinto City Elementary School (right), is joined by Jim Keal, principal at
Jacinto City Elementary School, at the March 6 Chamber Luncheon.