Teachers and staff at Saenz Elementary and Alice High School were recognized by the We Believe in Alice ISD committee for their hard work and dedication to improving the educational experiences of students.

The committee presented the campuses with gift cards to use in their department as they needed.

“The idea came about from conversations with Chamber Board members,” said Immanuel Lutheran Church Pastor Jim Craver. “We want to help people have a more positive outlook on the Alice School system.”

Craver was influenced by his Big Spring High School honors English teacher, Jane Smith, when she told him he was too “stupid” to be in that class. That phrase motivated him. He went back after receiving his bachelor's degree to show her his accomplishment.

The committee commended Saenz Elementary for their 2013-2-14 STARR performances. The students met the required standards as required by the Texas Education Agency as well as earning five Distinction Designation in academic achievement in reading, academic achievement in mathematics, top 25 percent in student progress, top 25 percent in closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.

Alice High School core area teachers were recognized by the I Believe in Alice ISD. They recognized the English, Science, Social Studies and Math departments as well as the administrative team of Alice High School. The teachers and administrators fo above and beyond to ensure that all Alice High School students reach their full potential.

Core subject teachers provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills that enables them to be successful.

“The strength of the community begins at home and at our schools,” Craver said.

A teacher's work is never done when they leave the building, said Yvette Utley, Alice Ambassadors.