About Vernon and Kathy Lewis

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.

Aldine 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.

Rose 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.”

Anyone 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!

Vernon 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.