Wednesday, April 25, 2012
2012 Women's Day Celebration
This past weekend, the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, which is led by Pastors Rev. N. Jordan Mkwnazi and Rev. Henrietta Mkwnazi, presented me with the Trailblazer Award as part of the congregation’s 2012 Women’s Day Celebration. Previous recipients of this award are Dr. Bertha Means, Judge Brenda Kennedy, and State Representative Dawnna Dukes – whose leadership and service to this community are unparalleled.
Congratulations to the three outstanding women who also received awards: Sheila Henry, Principal of LBJ Early College High School, Cassie Bowling, an active volunteer who encourages students to attend college, and Martha Bison, president of Sunbelt Theater productions.
As superintendent, I am proud to lead the educators who strive every day to create hope and opportunity for each of our students, no matter who they are or where they live. In our academic and facilities work over the past several months, we have made strides in alleviating overcrowding, expanding opportunities, and strengthening academic offerings in parts of town that often have been neglected. If we get this right for all our students—and we do mean all—we can be the standard against which urban public education is measured.
The good people of this church, and at countless other houses of worship in Austin, serve as positive role models who inspire our youth to realize their dreams. We are grateful for their commitment to making our community a better place.