Pillars of Character

Pillars of Character

In Northside ISD, learning and success go far beyond test scores and accountability ratings. Northside's curriculum is based on six "Pillars of Character," developed by the Josephson Institute. The pillars are: Caring, Citizenship, Fairness, Responsibility, Respect, and Trustworthiness. 

Teachers weave lessons about the pillars into classroom activities, and every year, the Northside Education Foundation selects six NISD graduates to represent each Pillar of Character. The six alumni serve as the centerpiece at the Foundation's annual fundraising gala and each must make a commitment to visit schools and speak with students. 

A poster of the current year's pillars hangs in all 6,000 classrooms in Northside to remind students that everyone has the potential to be a Pillar of Character. 

Pillars can be nominated by anyone in the community by completing the pillars nomination form. All nominees must be a Northside graduate. For more information, call the NISD Partnerships office at (210) 397-8599.

Pillar of Learning

Charbonneau Bailey, '09

Pillar of Trustworthiness

Dr. Scott Blattman, ’83

Pillar of Citizenship

Pete Vega, ’97

Pillar of Fairness

Mike Hodges, ’05

Pillar of Respect

W. Caleb McDaniel, Ph.D., ’97

Pillar of Responsibility

Craig Robinson, ’77

Pillar of Caring

Dr. Ronya Green, ’99

More information coming soon.


 

Past Pillars

Title Pillar of... School Year
Diana Ely Learning Marshall High School 2020
Jasmin A. Dean Trustworthiness Clark High School 2020
Julia Barton Murphy Citizenship Clark High School 2020
John Picacio Fairness Holmes High School 2020
Dr. Alicia Wooten Respect Warren High School 2020
Dr. Erika Gonzalez Responsibility Health Careers High School 2020
Lorenzo Gomez, III Caring Health Careers High School 2020
Judge Rosie Alvarado Citizenship Marshall High School 2019
Mark Tezel Trustworthiness Marshall High School 2019
Capt. Jordan Eddington Respect Taft High School 2019
Daniel Flores Fairness Warren High School 2019
J.D. Story Responsibility Clark High School 2019
Imelda Lopez Sanchez Caring Holmes High School 2019
Cynthia J. Mendoza, Ph.D. Trustworthiness Holmes High School 2018
Dr. Mark Moran Responsibility Clark High School 2018
Cathryn Walker  Respect Warren High School 2018
Suzanne Schorlemer Bailey Fairness Clark High School 2018
Anthony Beverley  Citizenship Jay High School 2018
Monica C. Mendez, PT, DPT Caring Marshall High School 2018
Michelle Fiedler Mikesh Responsibility Taft High School 2017
Lt. Col. Colette Topfer Trustworthiness Taft High School 2017
Kristina Riffle Semukete  Caring Marshall High School 2017
Michael Dominguez  Citizenship Jay High School 2017
Frank Hakspiel Fairness Clark High School 2017
Mark Langford Respect Marshall High School 2017
Dr. Todd Gureckis Fairness Health Careers High School 2016
Kara Wilson Caring Marshall High School 2016
Dr. Simran Jeet Singh Respect O’Connor High School 2016
Laura Silva Nieto Citizenship Holmes High School 2016
James “Drake” McLean Responsibility Marshall High School 2016
Lori Castro Trustworthiness Taft High School 2016
SFC Chris Branagan Fairness Jay High School 2015
Dr. Jorge Alvarez Trustworthiness Clark High School 2015
Dr. Mandie Alice Tibball Svatek Respect Marshall High School 2015
Gina Jones Responsibility Jay High School 2015
J. Patrick Burk Caring Clark High School 2015
William F. Raba Citizenship Marshall High School 2015
Dr. Edward Carl Elder Caring Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2014
Kevin Wolff Citizenship Thomas C. Clark High School 2014
Dr. Meredith Rockeymoore Brooks Responsibility Health Careers High School 2014
Aaron Barker Fairness John Marshall High School 2014
James “Rad” Weaver Respect Jay and Clark High Schools 2014
Laura Elvia Hernández Trustworthiness John Jay High School 2014
Trey Martinez Fischer Citizenship Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2013
Keyhla Calderon  Respect John Jay High School 2013
Dr. Mike Flores Responsibility Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2013
Coach Danny Padron Fairness John Jay High School 2013
Dr. Melissa Blough Trustworthiness Thomas C. Clark High School 2013
Scott Kafora Caring Marshall High School 2013
Uma Pemmaraju Responsibility Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2012
Wade Cleary Trustworthiness Thomas C. Clark High School 2012
Eric G. Burns Caring Thomas C. Clark High School 2012
Monica Velasquez McIlwain Respect Thomas C. Clark High School 2012
Giancarlo “John” Ortega Fairness William H. Taft High School 2012
Dr. Martha Pritchett Mims Citizenship Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2012
Charles E. Cantu Responsibility John Marshall High School 2011
William Hurd Trustworthiness John Marshall High School 2011
Woodrow Halstead III Caring John Marshall High School 2011
Paul Barton Citizenship Health Careers High School 2011
David Henderson Fairness William H. Taft High School 2011
Celina and Marina Suarez Respect John Marshall High School 2011
Heidi Bush Respect Mackey School 2010
Linda Goldfarb Responsibility John Jay High School 2010
Marcedes M. Fuller Caring Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2010
Darold Williamson Trustworthiness Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2010
Captain Janae C. Florance Fairness John Jay High School 2010
Diana Cruz-Zapata Citizenship Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2010
Dr. Laurie Richardson Caring John Marshall High School 2009
Lt. Col. Scott Thomas Citizenship John Jay High School 2009
Crystal Brown-Tatum Fairness Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2009
Col. Lisa C. Firmin Respect Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2009
Dr. Kristin Held Responsibility John Marshall High School 2009
Chuck Cureau Trustworthiness John Marshall High School 2009
Dr. Fred Bryant Respect John Marshall High School 2008
Maj. Steven Gventer Trustworthiness Thomas C. Clark High School 2008
Charles "Chuck" Booker Caring John Jay High School 2008
Dr. Geoffrey Orsak Citizenship Thomas C. Clark High School 2008
Donna Eckert-Fields Fairness Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2008
Tony Pelletier Responsibility John Jay High School 2008
Dr. Gurpaul Singh Respect John Marshall High School 2007
John Igo Fairness Locke Hill* 2007
Andy Ramirez Caring Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2007
Dr. Douglas Meffert Responsibility John Marshall High School 2007
Dr. Lisa Meffert Responsibility John Marshall High School 2007
Brig. Gen. Michael Wilson Trustworthiness John Jay High School 2007
Greg Meffert Responsibility John Marshall High School 2007
Katy George   Sandra Day O'Connor High School 2007
Sarah Meffert Becher Responsibility John Marshall High School 2007
Col. (Ret) Jeff Meffert, M.D. Responsibility John Marshall High School 2007
Patrick Cornelius Trustworthiness John Marshall High School 2006
Michelle Ybarra Responsibility Thomas C. Clark High School 2006
Haroon Monis Citizenship Thomas C. Clark High School 2006
Col. Renita Foster Menyhert Respect John Jay High School 2006
Karen Grace Fairness William H. Taft High School 2006
Cliff Dugosh Caring Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2006
Kathy Bosse Gore Citizenship Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2005
Will Telford Trustworthiness Thomas C. Clark High School 2005
Dr. Scott R. Harper Responsibility John Marshall High School 2005
Dr. Shannon P. Marquez Caring John Jay High School 2005
Oscar Alvarado Fairness Thomas C. Clark High School 2005
Rev. Betty Meadows Respect Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2005
Robert Reyes Caring William H. Taft High School 2004
Eldridge Burns Jr. Responsibility Thomas C. Clark High School 2004
Jeffrey Hoberman Respect Thomas C. Clark High School 2004
Tamry Haby Johnson Citizenship John Marshall High School 2004
Phillip C. McKee III Fairness Health Careers High School 2004
John Bordano Trustworthiness John Marshall High School 2004
Cris Bera   William H. Taft High School 2003
Rita Crockett   Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2003
David Fisher   Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2003
Elaine Mendoza-Gay   Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2003
Tyrone Powers   John Jay High School 2003
Tamara Serwer   Thomas C. Clark High School 2003
Dr. Sara L. Gill   John Jay High School 2002
Rodolfo Gonzales   William H. Taft High School 2002
Priest Holmes   John Marshall High School 2002
Dean H. Krueger   John Marshall High School 2002
Mason Reddix   Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2002
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore   John Jay High School 2002
Susan Evers   John Marshall High School 2001
Blake Warren Woolsey   Thomas C. Clark High School 2001
Xavier Benavides   William H. Taft High School 2001
Jay Fielden   Thomas C. Clark High School 2001
Garrett K. Peel   Health Careers High School 2001
Michael K. Hatchett   John Jay High School 2001
Glenn E. Gill   John Marshall High School 2000
Col. Catherine Bacon   John Jay High School 2000
Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil   John Jay High School 2000
Evan Young   Thomas C. Clark High School 2000
Lili Kristan   Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2000
Scott Kercheville, MD   Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 2000
Wallace B. Jefferson   John Jay High School 1999
Todd White   John Marshall High School 1999
John Cornyn   Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 1999
Jennifer Guitierrez-Utberg   Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 1999
Harriet Marmon Helmle   John Marshall High School 1999
Tom Yantis   Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 1999
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