NISD Board of Trustees named Best in the State

They are the best in the state

NISD Board of Trustees chosen as the 2023 Outstanding School Board in the State of Texas in the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards Program. 

The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards are designed to honor outstanding public school professionals and to thank them for their dedication and commitment.

“We are so honored and humbled to be here to receive this recognition,” stated Karen Freeman, NISD Board of Trustee President. “I serve side by side with six hardworking men and women who are actively involved in our community and who undeniably always focus on what is best for kids. It is all about the team – a focus on students and building a culture of excellence.”

The Outstanding School Board award is designated to recognize school boards that have demonstrated real leadership in the community that it serves based on three basic criteria: academic/student progress within the district; identification of community needs and specific actions taken based on those needs; and new and creative methods for community engagement.

Northside’s award-winning Board has 100 cumulative years of service among its 7 members. The Board members and their years of service include: M’Lissa Chumbley (28), Bobby Blount (24), Karen freeman (18), Dr. Carol Harle (12), Gerald Lopez (8), Joseph Medina (8), and Corinne Saldana (2).

A panel of judges from across the state pick the winners after reviewing applications and interviewing the finalists.

NISD also had two teachers honored during the ceremony as one of five finalists in their respective categories. They were Carol Hudson, a kindergarten teacher at Brauchle Elementary School, Leadership Elementary Category; and Genesis Segura, a 6th grade science teacher at Jones Middle School, Rising Star Secondary Category. 

Since the program’s inception in 2002, H-E-B has awarded more than $13 million in funding to outstanding Texas teachers, principals, public school districts, school boards, and early childhood facilities.

Northside ISD was recognized as the Best Large District in the State by H-E-B in 2002, the first year of the Excellence in Education Awards Program.