Scanning back and forth across a Dr. Rodriguez Elementary classroom filled with fifth grade students, all sitting attentively in grouped tables, Sandra Caglia rhythmically taught a lesson about the solar system. The second year teacher, who came to Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District through Teach for America, uses a technique that involves gestures and performance to engage students, known as power teaching, Caglia said.
Norlene Chamberlain, counselor at Dr. Rodriguez Elementary, was awarded Outstanding School Counselor from the Rio Grande Valley Counseling Association. She was presented with the award at the 18th Annual Counselor's Institute. The RGVCA thanked her for her “tireless dedication to the counseling profession”.
Growing up in Connecticut and attending college in Washington D.C., the Rio Grande Valley was a distant land for Emma LePore, a fourth grade bilingual teacher at Dr. Rodriguez Elementary. But now LePore, a second year teacher who came to Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District through Teach for America, has become all to familiar with life in deep South Texas, she said.
Kindergarten teacher, Michelle Ayala talks about how Facebook and Youtube have allowed her to find new and efficient ways of connecting and teaching her students.
Dr. Rodriguez Elementary PTA is holding a contest to help find a name for the campus' new mascot. The contest, which runs from August 27th until October 24th, costs $1 to enter. The winner will receive a gift basket, an official longhorn t-shirt and a picture with the Longhorn to be featured on the Dr. Rodriguez Web site, Facebook page and newsletter.