Vernon and Kathy Lewis, two
long-time Aldine ISD educators received the surprise of their lives
during the Dec. 15 Aldine ISD Board of Education meeting.
ISD Trustees unanimously voted to name the district’s 10th middle school
in honor of the pair, who devoted five decades and close to 80 years of
service to the students and staff of the Aldine community.
Avalos, who chaired the school names committee along with committee
members Rick Ogden, and Dr. Alton Smith, made the recommendation to
their fellow board members to name the middle school that will be
located on West Hardy after the Lewises.
It came as a complete
surprise to the couple, who attended the meeting thinking close friend
Bettie Stubblefield, who serves as Superintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg’s
secretary and the secretary to the Board, was being honored for her many
years of devoted service to the district.
Needless to say,
Vernon and Kathy were overcome with emotion as Ms. Avalos read the
recommendation as the Board Room filled with family members, close
friends and Aldine colleagues.
“This was such a surprise for both
of us to be honored like this,” Vernon said. “It’s hard to express our
gratitude and how overwhelmed we are with this honor. We’re just two
ordinary people who were committed to the children of Aldine ISD.”
who crossed Vernon and Kathy’s paths over the years knew them as
dedicated educators who accepted any task given to them. A principal
once wrote of Vernon, “(He) is a young man who will become an
outstanding administrator for the Aldine School District.”
That principal was right!
began his career in Aldine ISD as a teacher at Aldine High School in
1969 and over the next 37 years, he served as an assistant principal
(Eisenhower High School), principal (at Teague Middle School and Aldine
High School), executive director of secondary schools, the Nimitz area
superintendent and finally as assistant superintendent of
administration. He retired in December of 2006.
Kathy also began
her career in Aldine ISD in 1969 and over the next 38 years she served
as a teacher at MacArthur High School and Nimitz High School, and a
special education counselor and regular education counselor at Teague
Middle School from 1983 until her retirement in 2007. Kathy cared deeply
for her students, knew their circumstances and knew their names. She
was committed to their success and kept a private prayer list for both
students and faculty.
The two met at Houston Baptist University
where Vernon recognized her devotion to duty, her love for children and
her commitment to helping others.
Vernon and Kathy Lewis Middle School opened August of 2010.