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Katy ISD Announces 2014 Mentors of the Year

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Katy ISD’s KEYS (Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success) mentor program places caring adults with children on the brink of success at every Katy ISD campus.  Through this program the two develop a relationship, spending up to one hour per week together, during the school day, during the school year. Every year, campuses are asked to nominate individuals who have shown exceptional dedication to the students they mentor and to the principles of the KEYS program.

Partners in Education is proud to announce the 2014 KEYS Mentors of the Year:

First Year Mentors of the Year:

    Jag Baichan – Exley Elementary
    Megan George – Bear Creek Elementary
    Glenn Lerich – Sundown Elementary
    Melissa Steger – Fielder Elementary
    Jane Taylor – Exley Elementary

Mentors of the Year:

    Stephen Blackmore – Schmalz Elementary
    Rafael Brazo – Seven Lakes High School
    Bob Bryant – Cimarron Elementary
    Kerri Finnesand – WoodCreek Junior High
    Michelle Frietsch – Bear Creek Elementary
    Ronnie Hallenberger – Fielder Elementary
    Yvonne Ludden – Bear Creek Elementary
    Kathy Miesner – Taylor High School
    Tom Miesner – Taylor High School
    Bari Saunders – Seven Lakes Junior High
    Fred Shafer – Shafer Elementary
    Sandra Shenkir – Bear Creek Elementary and Golbow Elementary
    Annabel Terrell – Mayde Creek Junior High and Mayde Creek High School
    Patricia Walker – Nottingham Country Elementary
    Michael Woodward – Hayes Elementary

These Mentors of the Year were honored on March 6 at Ties & Tiaras, Katy ISD’s annual celebration of mentoring that also supports the KEYS Scholarship Fund.  The event was held at Agave Road from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The 2014 Mentors of the Year and nominees collectively represent 58 years of dedicated service to students in the KEYS Mentor program.  With more than 900 mentors, it’s an honor to be recognized as the best of the best.

For more information on the KEYS mentor program and scholarship fund, please contact Martha Brown at 281-396-2468 or marthabrown@katyisd.org.  The KEYS initiative, along with School-Business Partnerships, Volunteers in Public Schools and Sisters Schools, are all offered through Partners in Education….the Katy ISD department that brings the community into the classroom.