Academy Volunteer Receives Heroes for Children Award for Service

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Volunteer Shauna Ramos is Burleson ISD’s Hero. On September 15, Ramos was announced as one of the State Board of Education’s Heroes for Children award recipients. Individuals who volunteer time to public schools and students are eligible for these awards.

Ramos has been volunteering at the Academy at Nola Dunn for five years and has clocked over 350 hours.

“When I reflect back upon my personal reasons for volunteering, I am always drawn back to my desire to provide the students with memorable educational experiences,” Ramos said.

The award was established in 1994, by the Texas Education Agency and was designed to recognize the volunteers who contribute to public school education in Texas.The 15-member Board recognizes one Hero from each of their districts every year. The award is given annually in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to helping provide each Texas student with a meaningful, positive learning experience in school.

The Academy at Nola Dunn Principal, Tani Simmons, nominated Ramos for this year’s award.

“It is common to have volunteers at my elementary school. However, it is uncommon to have volunteers of this caliber who have a demonstrative impact on students learning by action and example,” Simmons said.

In her years of volunteer work, Ramos has supported the students and staff by designing the yearbook, scheduling library volunteers, providing artwork for classes, and most importantly, by tutoring and mentoring at-risk students.

“This year we had the chance to assist them in learning how to cope with issues occurring outside of school,” Ramos said. “The best part was not that this assistance was successful, rather, it was watching them tell other students about their new life skills with enthusiasm.”

The award recipients were honored at the September 19 State Board of Education meeting in Austin. Ramos will be recognized at the October 27 meeting of the BISD Board of Trustees for her hard work and service.