Baylor, WISD mark partnership

The Baylor University School of Education and the Waco Independent School District are celebrating a 20-year partnership that has improved student achievement while preparing hundreds of preservice teachers for the classroom.

In 1993, the two educational entities collaborated to open Hillcrest Professional Development School with a mission to “provide for the individual learning needs of all students, teachers, and future teachers through continuous evaluation and development of the teacher-learning process.”

This year, in addition to Hillcrest, the professional development school partnership with Baylor will be active at Bell’s Hill Elementary, Mountainview Elementary, Parkdale Elementary, Cesar Chavez Middle and University High. As a symbol of the successful partnership, Baylor University recently presented signs to the district and each participating campus.

According to Dr. John Englehardt, dean of the school of education, the Baylor-Waco ISD partnership is special because “we know that if we can help our preservice teachers learn how to work with children in Waco, they can work in most school settings anywhere in the U.S. and be effective at it.”

Waco ISD photo

Shown are (from left) Bill Shepard, University High School principal; Beau Sanchez, Cesar Chavez Middle School principal; Jon Englehardt, Baylor University School of Education dean; Dr. Bonny Cain, Waco ISD superintendent; Lisa Cain, Hillcrest PDS principal; Melissa Pritchard, Mountainview Elementary principal; Helen Smith, Bell’s Hill Elementary assistant principal; and Marsha Henry, Parkdale Elementary principal.

Robinson High’s 2013-14 drum majors

Robinson High School’s drum majors for 2013-14 are (from left) Madison Haberl, Callan Monroe and Hannah Rosenkranz. All three are seniors. They attended Drum Major Camp at the University of North Texas in Denton this summer. All three were named Outstanding Drum Majors. More than 400 participants from throughout the Southwest were at the camp.

Bob Vetter photo

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