Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott Visits Irving ISD Elementary School
Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, an experienced teacher and principal, toured Thomas Haley Elementary School for a first-hand look at the instructional practices in Irving ISD. Irving ISD was recently recognized by Governor Abbott in his State of the State Address for earning the distinction as the 2015 National Advanced Placement School District of the Year.
“It is both rare and wonderful when students have the First Lady of Texas visit their school and spend time in their classrooms,” says Irving ISD Superintendent Jose L. Parra, Ed.D. “That rare and wonderful experience took place today for the students of Thomas Haley Elementary School. It is not an exaggeration to say that First Lady Abbott’s visit made a lasting impression on students due to her genuine interest and enthusiasm.”
“Thank you to Dr. Parra and Principal Zavala for the warm welcome to Thomas Haley Elementary. I’m so proud of what you have achieved – Thomas Haley Elementary is home to the Irving ISD Teacher of the Year, and the school district was the National AP District of the Year,” said Mrs. Abbott. “It was so wonderful to be back in a school today and have the opportunity to visit with teachers and students. As a former teacher and principal, I know that the path to success begins with education. Governor Abbott and I are committed to making sure that all Texas students have access to the best education possible, and we look forward to working with administrators, teachers and parents across our great state to create the best education system in the nation.”
First Lady Abbott’s tour of the school included a stop at the reading fair in the school library; a kindergarten class; a first-grade, two-way dual-language class; and a fifth-grade, bilingual class taught by the Irving ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year Christine Scovill.
“We are grateful that the First Lady chose to make an impact on the lives of our students simply by giving of herself and her time,” said Dr. Parra.