LISD Superintendent of Schools



November 18, 2011

Volume III, Issue 13 - “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you,’ it will be enough.”

- Meister Eckhart

Good afternoon LISD,

I am very thankful that LISD has some of the most outstanding students in Texas. I was very impressed with the Border Patrol’s selection for November’s Youth of the Month, Luis E. Marin, a senior at the Early College High School. This humble young man who is described as a responsible, thoughtful, and mature young man will be graduating at the top of his class with over 70 hours of college hours.  Luis is also remarkable because he has been able to maintain a 3.8 grade point average in his college courses and contribute to his community and campus. Luis hopes to study medicine at Baylor University or the University of Texas at Dallas.

Today we dedicated our brand new Child Nutrition Center.  This state of the art building is over 35,000 square feet and organizes over 40,500 meals on a daily basis. I would like to congratulate our Child Nutrition Program Director, Mr. Robert Cuellar, and all those who organized the ceremony and luncheon.  The building is named for the late Mr. Porter Garner, Sr., who was an administrator for LISD for many years in the1950’s and 1960’s.  We were so glad to have his daughter, Jean Claire Garner Turcotte, who traveled to Laredo from Kingsville to attend this morning’s ceremony. “I am a product of LISD --- Martin High School Class of 1954,” she said proudly. “The things I learned about friendship and determination came from my teachers at Martin High School.”

Last week I had the honor of being the guest speaker at the Laredo Noon Optimist Club’s Annual Youth Appreciation Day luncheon.  I was privileged to be speaking to a large group of students who hope to attend prominent universities and come back to this fine city to serve in many different capacities.  The students were named “officials for the day” and served as county judge, county sheriff, police chief, bridge director, and many other dignified local professionals.  My message to those students and their counterparts was that attitude is everything and to passionately pursue those things that they most want in life.

I also would like to congratulate all the former Nixon High School alumni who were inducted into the Mustang Legends on Thursday morning.  Our own LISD Board Member, Hector “Tito” Garcia, was noted for his accomplishments and contributions during and after his high school days.  Also joining Mr. Garcia as a Mustang Legend were former LISD employees Cheryl Kirkpartrick, Rene De La Vina, and Veronica Cantu.  Hector Gutierrez, Les Norton, Norma Garza Garcia, Bobby Hinojosa, Isidro “Chilo” Alaniz, Joe Baeza, Melissa Hinojosa Garcia, and Jorge Vasquez completed this year’s Mustang Legends selection and the pride and tradition is definitely alive at Nixon High. 

In closing, we all have so much to be grateful for as we close for our Thanksgiving break.  I hope everyone enjoys the Thanksgiving holiday.  I am so grateful to serve as your Superintendent and I thank everyone for your contribution to our team.  We are heading in the right direction and your effort is noticed and appreciated.  Enjoy your holidays and may God bless all of you and keep you safe during the holiday season.

Have a happy thanksgiving.

Dr. Marcus Nelson

 “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”

-H.U. Westermayer

"Los Peregrinos hicieron siete veces mas tumbas que chozas. Ningún Americano ha sido mas empobrecido que estos cual, sin embargo, reservaron un día paradar gracias."