A sampling of faculty, staff, student and alumni happenings:
Numerous College of Education faculty members were honored for their contributions to UH’s “50-in-5” research initiative: Consuelo Arbona (PHLS), Ann Chen (PHLS), Virmarie Correa-Fernández (PHLS), Marcel de Dios (PHLS), Conra Gist (CUIN), Elsa Gonzalez (ELPS), Jorge Gonzalez (PHLS), Jacqueline Hawkins (ELPS), Cathy Horn (ELPS), Milena Keller-Margulis (PHLS), Dave Louis (ELPS), Anne McClellan (ACES), Lyle McKinney (ELPS), Rosenda Murillo (PHLS), Ezemenari Obasi (PHLS), April Peters-Hawkins (ELPS), Lorraine Reitzel (PHLS), Augustina Reyes (ELPS), Kristi Santi (ELPS) and Amber Thompson (CUIN).
At least 10 alumni have won Teacher of the Year awards from their schools for 2021-22: Vanessa Cerrato, Houston ISD’s Eliot Elementary; Gilbert Garza, Houston ISD’s Pugh Elementary; Sandra Gonzalez, Houston ISD’s Cornelius Elementary; Adrienne Laygan, Humble ISD’s Fall Creek Elementary; Michele Lytle, Fort Bend ISD’s Thurgood Marshall High School; Pamela Mandujano-Gómez, Houston ISD’s Jefferson Elementary; Elizabeth Matehuala, Houston ISD’s Pugh Elementary and from the Houston Area Association for Bilingual Educators; Reenee Palacios, Alief ISD’s Collins Elementary; Sandra Ramirez, Aldine ISD’s Orange Grove Elementary and Vanessa Trejo, Houston ISD's Rucker Elementary.
Alumna Khalilah Campbell-Rhone has been promoted to assistant superintendent of transformation in Houston ISD. She earned a doctorate in professional leadership, a master’s in administration and supervision, and a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies (now teaching and learning).
Norma Olvera, a health professor in the Department of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences, has been elected president of the Hispanic Health Coalition for a two-year term.