NISD Salutes its School, Business, and Community Partners

Thank you NISD Partners!

As part of National Volunteer Month, the annual Partners of the Year event was held to recognize hundreds of inspiring campus volunteers and business partners who donate their time and energy to enrich the education of thousands of NISD students.

Whether it is providing enrichment lessons to elementary school students, helping fund field trips, providing food for students during holidays, to providing professional development opportunities to staff, these super volunteers enrich the lives of all NISD students. 

District-wide winners were selected from among the campus winners and were individually recognized at a special ceremony and presented awards by Superintendent Dr. John Craft and Board of Trustees.

View our gallery of photos from the Partners of the Year event.

This year’’ Partners of the Year are:

Outstanding Partnership Program:

  • Elementary School: John’s Kids, John and Martha Blackwell & Family (Glen Oaks and Allen; Rayburn MS)
  • Middle School: Farmers Insurance, Britt Melendez and Ester Martinez (Sul Ross)
  • High School: St. Mary’s University Computer Science, Dr. Carol Redfield (Jay Science and Engineering Academy)
  • Other: Galen College of Nursing, Sunni Garrett (Career & Technical Education)


Outstanding Coordinator: 

  • Elementary School: Sydney Shippey, San Antonio Sports and Social Club (Westwood Terrace)
  • Other: Gabriel Garcia, Superintendent & Director Workforce Development with Marek Brothers (Career & Technical Education)


Outstanding Mentor or Individual: 

  • Elementary School: Leigha May, PTA President (Fields)
  • Middle School: Kim Muschalek, Professor and San Antonio College Director of Cyber Innovation & Education Center Alamo Colleges District, San Antonio College (Zachry Magnet)
  • High School: Arthur Forral (Jay Science and Engineering Academy)
  • Other: Ginny Brown, Associate Director of San Antonio Oasis (NLC/ACE/Community Education)


Outstanding Business or Community Organization:

  • Elementary School: San Antonio Humane Society, Jenna Elizondo (Glen Oaks)
  • Middle School: Mighty Fortress Church, Pastor Ralph Ramos (Rayburn)
  • High School: A-1 Sports, Jerry Ortiz (Sotomayor)
  • Other: Aqua Star Laundry, Naj Ishmael (Family Engagement Center)