La Joya ISD Academy of Health Science Professions & STEM Receives Rio Grande Valley Academy Excellence Award

Vol. 2, Iss. 5 | January 2021

At AHSP & STEM, we are a family that works together with mutual respect and understanding to achieve a common goal: Success for all students.
~ LeAnn A. Herrera 

The Rio Grande Valley Academy Excellence Award honors a secondary campus that exemplifies innovative school reform focused on transforming teaching and learning as business and community engagement. The Academy of Health Science Professions & STEM, from La Joya ISD, under the leadership of Principal LeAnn Alaniz-Herrera, receives this award for creating an exemplary environment for student success that includes the following best.

Academy Model practices: 

  • Numerous career exploration initiatives, projects, and programs are part of the Health Science pathway.
  • Work-Based Learning opportunities for students and teachers
  • Student Voice and Varied
  • Mandatory Capstone/senior project
  • Engaged Advisory Board/Industry Council
  • Student/Educator Mentoring Program
  • Post-Secondary Partnerships
  • Problem-Based Case Learning and Project-Based Learning
  • Parent and Community 

These best practices are just a small glimpse of the significant initiatives happening at this Academy. Mr. Lupe Chavez, La Joya ISD Academies Director, nominated this campus and said, “I am extremely confident that Mrs. Alaniz-Herrera, her administrative team, her counselor, and most especially her teachers are deeply committed to both student success and being productive citizens to the La Joya ISD community. Through such deep commitment and desire, the entire Academy of Health Science Pathway & Science Technology Engineering and Math set a fine example and are great role models to the people that are surrounded by them.” 

RGV LEAD is honored to present the 2021 Academy Excellence Award to the La Joya ISD Academy of Health Science Professions & STEM, which is led by Principal LeAnn Alaniz-Herrera and Superintendent Dr. Gisela Saenz. 

Each month, RGV LEAD will share one of La Joya ISD Academy of Health Science Professions & STEM in the newsletter We thank you for all you are doing for your students and community. Congratulations!

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