The Association for Migrant Educators of Texas (AMET) recognized 2 La Joya ISD representatives who were honored during the annual state conference, held in McAllen this year.

Ms. Norma L. Garza earned the Support Staff of the Year award for her outstanding performance and service to the migrant students at La Joya ISD for the past 12 years. Her co-workers describe Garza as the kind of individual who always makes sure that migrant students have healthy snacks when they are in tutoring sessions, on educational fieldtrips or during summer school activities, and when summer school rolls around she manages the task of ordering the necessary school supplies for the program.  While it may seem like a stress-free task, her experience keeps her level-headed though the material list seems to run on forever.  Ordering all the school supplies for all the grade levels, to ten different campus on top of that, and oversee all the new summer school staff that needs to be hired is a mission that can only be accomplished by the department’s fearless secretary, Ms. Norma Garza.

“She is always the first person to volunteer her services to any school and/or community activities and she is always ready to take on any project and is dedicated to completing the most professional job possible,” said Migrant Director, Jose Luis Morin. “… and in the midst of all the chaos, she remains calm, cool and collected – she is really a great employee and we are lucky to have her.”

The 2017 Parent of The Year Award went to Ms. Gladys Martinez from Palmview and represents all campuses from elementary thru high school. She is the president of the Migrant Parental Advisory Committee (MPAC) and as a former migrant student herself, she continues to this day to migrate to Minto, North Dakota.

“I see volunteering as a way to be a part of my community which is why I have been consistently involved with the La Joya ISD PAC for the past 5 years,” Martinez stated.

Ms. Martinez has served as President and Vice-President for the State Migrant Parental Advisory Committee and was also recruited for the National Migrant Parental Advisory Committee.  She has participated in several panels discussing policies and procedures affecting the migrant population and has also conducted presentations throughout the United Sates on her life’s journey as a migrant. Ms. Martinez has undoubtedly developed exponentially, not only as a great representative for La Joya ISD, but also for the migrant community in general.

Congratulations to the two outstanding women who represented La Joya ISD at the state level. And a special thank you to Mr. Arturo Figueroa, MSSW, La Joya ISD Social Worker, for nominating the winners.