Volunteer and Partnership Breakfast

CCISD Pays Tribute to Game Changers in the Lives of Students
Posted on 05/09/2017
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As the school year begins to come to a close, the District honored those who never seem to wind down – the volunteers and community partners who generously support the 42,000 students and 44 campuses of the Clear Creek Independent School District. It was a celebration of game changers. 

The morning began with big talent and even bigger laughs as the students from Clear Creek High School’s League of Extraordinary Improvisers, under the direction of Theater Instructor Bradley Hewlett, shared their flair for the unique medium of improv.

“Because of you, a wayward course may have been corrected,” said Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith in his welcome at the annual Volunteer and Partnership Breakfast. “An uncertain future secured, or the impossible made possible. That’s a game changer in the rule of play in Clear Creek ISD and it’s why we are here to celebrate you today.”

Smith was referring to the many ways in which the community backs public education and, in fact, has long been setting the pace for sweat equity invested in our students and schools.

Acts of generosity of time, treasure and advocacy were all celebrated beginning with the 2017 Community Partner of the Year, the Clear Creek Association of Retired Teachers (CCART). CCART is 300 members strong and volunteers contribute thousands of hours in support of the staff and students of CCISD as well as several surrounding school districts. They fulfill this commitment through many initiatives from reading with a child in need of individual guidance, to collecting and donating thousands of books each year to the Child Book Project which benefits children of Title 1 campuses. CCART President, Judy Gordon, accepted the award along with several members of the board of directors. Click here to watch the video spotlighting the Clear Creek Association of Retired Teachers.

Dr. Smith also recognized the enormous impact that the President of the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Dr. William A. Staples, has had on CCISD and the region as a whole. Staples is retiring after 22 years of leading and growing the nationally-ranked university.

“Thank you for the vision and heart you have for your institution and what UHCL provides our students in the way of the highest caliber university, in our own backyard,” Dr. Smith said.

Each campus also selected a volunteer of the year who has been instrumental in the success and achievements of their school and students. This elite group of volunteers was asked to stand and be recognized by the more than 200 in attendance. Listed below are the campus Volunteers of the Year:


Elementary Volunteers of the Year


Intermediate Volunteers of the Year


Armand Bayou Elementary

Linda Reaves

Bayside Intermediate

Angie Chaviers

Bauerschlag Elementary

Jesse Cherney

Brookside Intermediate

Dana Lee

Bay Elementary

Michelle Phalen

Clear Creek Intermediate

Ana Menefee

Brookwood Elementary School

Stephanie Comin

Clear Lake Intermediate

Linh Pugh

Clear Lake City Elementary

Gladys Ruiz


Susan Hill

Falcon Pass

Heather Shaw

League City Intermediate

Jill Kaale


Sherri Creedon


Lisa Tang


Faith Lacy

Space Center Intermediate

Heather Supan


Gwen Torstrick

Victory Lakes Intermediate

Roxann Zamora


Gabi Rosciano


Danielle Castle

Hall Elementary

Dr. Lavanya Rajagopalan

High School Volunteers of the Year


Hyde Elementary

Alyssa Kelley

Clear Brook High School

Sanjukta Payra


Carrie Bolton

Clear Creek High School

Joe Pugh

League City

Jan and Peg Sattem

Clear Falls High School

Ro Livingston

McWhirter Elementary

Mercedes Rosado

Clear Horizons ECHS

Vanessa Pelayo

Mossman Elementary

Cari Sprecher-Reinke

Clear Lake High

Cathie Delgado

North Pointe

Jennifer Simmons

Clear Springs High School

Mary Kantara

Ralph Parr Elementary

Roxanne Zamora

Clear View High School

Chris Glass

Robinson Elementary

Erling Mendoza



Ross Elementary

Shannon Bennett



Stewart Elementary

Paula & John Guthrie



Ward Elementary

Dana Bearor




Kendra Treadwell




Sean Rives




Kerriann Kievit



Ed White ESTEM Magnet

Shanna Obenberger




From this list, an elementary and secondary volunteer of the year were announced: Dr. Lavanya Rajagopalan from Hall Elementary and Joe Pugh from Clear Creek High School. Rajagopalan was praised for her initiative to start a STEM Club at Hall and bringing along several other scientists and engineers in the process to volunteer their time and talent with the students. A Clear Creek graduate himself, Pugh was described as “a Texas fan who bleeds maroon for the Clear Creek Wildcats”. His son Tanner surprised him with the award and recognized his father for his steadfast support of many campus programs and athletics as well as Clear Creek ISD.  


The CCISD Volunteer and Partnership Breakfast is sponsored by long-time district supporters, Balfour and Photo Texas Photography.

Click here to view photos from the CCISD 2017 Volunteer & Partnership Breakfast.

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