Stewart Elementary Principal Selected for National Honor

Stewart Elementary Principal Selected for National Honor
Posted on 11/12/2014
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November 12, 2014

Stewart Elementary Principal Selected for National Honor

Clear Creek ISD is proud to announce Stewart Elementary School in Kemah, Texas was recently selected as a National Blue Ribbon School, and now, the school’s Principal, Dr. Britani Moses, has been chosen as one of eight recipients nationally of the prestigious 2014 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership.

Photo: Lavace Stewart Elementary School Principal Britani Moses accepts the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership in Washington D.C. on November 11, 2014.

The award is given to select principals of Blue Ribbon schools for their outstanding work and the vital role they play in guiding their students and schools to excellence, frequently under challenging circumstances. Named for the second secretary of education, Terrel H. Bell, the award recognizes school leaders committed to fostering successful teaching and learning at their schools, school leaders committed to education as a powerful and liberating force in people’s lives and who do “whatever it takes” to help their students meet high standards.

“Dr. Moses was first hired as a teacher at Stewart Elementary School,” explained CCISD Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Holly Hughes, “She then proceeded to learn and grow as a leader in education by taking on various roles including instructional coach, assistant principal, and elementary English Language Arts coordinator before becoming principal. This unique career path has provided a unique insight upon which Dr. Moses was able to build a team focused on a bright future for the students of Stewart Elementary School. I am extremely proud of her accomplishments and those of her students and staff. She is most deserving of this recognition.”

The Stewart team has engaged parents and the community through volunteer opportunities; adult classes (including ESL and family literacy), and community events such as literacy, math, and science nights; dances, movie nights; and cultural celebrations. The school library is open for family use during the summer and a partnership with the University of Houston at Clear Lake School of Education offers parents opportunities in their home languages.

Dr. Britani Moses has led LaVace Stewart Elementary for the past six years. Her background and personal warmth equipped her well to deal with her school’s challenges. To help close the achievement gap, Dr. Moses drew on her doctoral thesis on the cognitive benefits of second language learning, to create a two-way dual language program in which native English and native Spanish speakers receive instruction together, in both languages, to promote second language acquisition. After three years of implementation, students are scoring at the fluent level in their first language and limited-to-fluent in their second. This program has become a model for other bilingual campuses; more than 20 schools visit annually. Dr. Moses also organized the District’s first ever Bilingual Institute.
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