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Posted 12 - 03 - 2012

Thank a school board member


December 3, 2012                                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

District Contact: Rayanne Schmid, communications coordinator

936-569-5000, ext. 8845 (office) or 936-585-1518 (Cell)

NACOGDOCHES – Teachers and aides at Nettie Marshall Academy of Dual Language are receiving praise from their superiors after their Pre-K program received statewide recognition.

 The school recently was named a Pre-K Center of Excellence by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), in partnership with Regional Education Service Center (ESC) 17.

“Our Pre-K program has received this status of excellence thanks to our outstanding and dedicated Pre-K teaching staff,” Nettie Marshall principal Bradley Durham said.  “These ladies exemplify the true meaning of collaboration and are dedicated professionals who work extremely well together to ensure our Pre-K students are meeting high expectations every day of the school year.”

Nettie Marshall, as a participant in the 2010-2011 Prekindergarten Early Start grant and Texas School Ready! Programs, was required to report data to the Kindergarten Readiness System (KRS).

KRS then used this data and public school data resulting from each student’s reading diagnostic instrument administered at the beginning of the child’s 2011 kindergarten year. The analysis determined the impact the preschool program had on improving student learning regardless of the characteristics of its student population or the specific literacy instrument used in kindergarten.

The Kindergarten Readiness System recognizes the efforts of local Pre-K programs that are preparing students for kindergarten. The statewide program is not an accountability system, nor is it designed to inform instruction; instead, it is designed to measure and recognize the impact of current Pre-K practices on student achievement.

Curriculum Specialist Debbie Grubbs  also said teachers, without a doubt, are the key to Nettie Marshall’s Pre-K program success. 

“Our Pre-K teachers train together, plan together and share a common philosophy of high expectations for the young children,” Grubbs said.  “It is rewarding to observe the excitement in their classrooms and the learning that takes place there on a daily basis.”

NISD Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Instruction G.W. Neal said he was pleased with the recognition. 

“This affirms the great work of our teachers, instructional aides, support staff, and administration in collaboration with our parents for providing a quality early childhood program,” Neal said.

The school leaders noted that the Pre-K aides also play a prevalent part in the achievement.

Durham added, “It is truly a privilege and honor each day to work with such a quality, caring, and dedicated faculty and staff.”


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