Congratulatory messages pour in as Hinojosa poised to officially become next superintendent of Spring ISD

by Rony Canales
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Messages from Spring ISD staff, community members, families and friends have been coming in following the announcement that Dr. Lupita Hinojosa was named the lone finalist for superintendent by the Board of Trustees.

Below are some excerpts from emails as well as wishes shared on social media. 

Kathryn Organ
Kindergarten Teacher, Reynolds Elementary
“I remember when you first introduced yourself to the entire district. I believe it was at a convocation held at Fellowship of the Woodlands Church. Your professionalism and confidence won the audience over. I look forward to the great things that are going to happen under your leadership.”

Detrick L. McAfee
Associate Principal, Spring Leadership Academy
“As a former Spring ISD student and current staff member, I am excited to see a student-centered, hardworking, innovative, continuously visible, and personable leader continue to progress Spring ISD after Dr. Watson’s successful tenure.”

Lyniece M. Catalan
Fourth Grade Teacher, Ralph Eickenroht Elementary
“Your compassion toward our students and us as educators is evident in the warmth we feel when being in your presence. I am honored to serve in a district that values diversity, experience and depth.”

Rene Ruiz, Ed.D.
Director, Educator Preparation Solutions, INSPIRE TEXAS
“I am so proud of you. Inspiring! All the best in making a significant difference in the lives of children and educators.” 

Brian Gilson
District Support Team Lead, The Holdsworth Center
“We’re so excited for you and the district as you step into the role of Superintendent of Spring ISD! Congratulations!” 

Dr. Alicia Noyola
Superintendent, Harlingen CISD
“Your new position will allow you to continue to influence others on a greater level with your positive attitude and servant’s heart. The children of Spring will be blessed to have you leading the district.”

Anne Papakonstantinou, Ed.D.
Director, Rice University School Mathematics Project
“You will lead Spring ISD with wisdom, compassion, and experience!”

Jennifer San Miguel
Executive Secretary to Asst. Superintendent of Federal and State Compliance, Spring ISD
“I am so honored to work for such a humble, kind, fierce LEADER! Spring ISD is lucky to have you.”

Maria Aguilar-Gutierrez
Second Grade Bilingual Teacher, Pat Reynolds Elementary School
“I am a Latina and I am so proud of you for being the first Latina woman to hold this position! Thank you Dr. Hinajosa for your leadership!”

Luis Romero, Educational Leadership M. Ed.
Compliance Coordinator, Spring ISD
You are evidence that great things come to those who are willing to work hard to reach their goals. You have the determination and creativity to accomplish whatever you dream.”

Nykia Whiteside
Science Instructional Specialist, Westfield High School
I know you will do well and have a heart for the children and staff of this district.”

Blanca Cuestas, M. Ed. Diag.
Bilingual Dyslexia Specialist, Spring ISD
“We truly think that Spring ISD is in great hands and [the] many improvements already started will continue under your great leadership.” 

Jason Woods
Resale Director, Northwest Assistance Ministries
I have enjoyed and appreciated being a part of collecting toys from the [Spring ISD] toy drives the past two years. It is always a pleasure to see your genuine joy, knowing how our partnership benefits so many families in our community.”

Francis Bugarin, M. Ed.
Student Support Specialist, Hirsch Elementary School
As a parent and employee of SISD, I’ve witnessed how dedicated you are in advocating for our students, families, and staff. I am very excited and looking forward to your leadership and bringing our district to even greater heights.”

Marilyn Ocker
Director of Theater, Spring HIgh School
“I had to reach out and just let you know how wonderful I think you’re going to be for this school district! I am so proud to say that I work for you.”

Adrienne Ellis
Pre-K Team Leader and Family Empowerment Liaison, Bammel Elementary School
It gives me great joy to know what kind of leadership you bring to Spring, and to know you have a heart for early childhood [education].”

Delphine Patterson
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Bammel Elementary School
Congratulations for all the many blessings that have been bestowed on you as the first Hispanic woman in Spring’s history to hold the top leadership position and to be a first-generation Mexican American. However, the one thing that impressed me… is how much your heart is focused on our most valuable resources – our children. The one thing I remembered the most is the many times you visited our campus, took the time to speak and interact with our staff to encourage us.”

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