Cougar Excellence awards for November

Each month, the Crosby ISD Board of Trustees honors individuals for the Cougar Excellence awards. These awards celebrate those who show the values we cherish in Crosby: hard work, a sense of purpose and achievement.

Meet the Cougar Excellence award recipients for the month of November.


Students of the month 

From Crosby Kindergarten Center, Devynn Burton. She works hard everyday in kindergarten. Principal Baldwin sys anytime you enter the classroom, you will find her on task and focused. She always has a smile on her face and is a great helper in the classroom. 

Jose Hernandez is a first-grader at Barrett Elementary. Principal Walthall tells us Jose recently spent his entire recess picking up the trash on the playground. Great job, Jose!

From Drew Elementary, 5th grader Kaiden Johnson. Kaden is in the dual language two way program. Principal Tisdom says Kaden works hard to learn two languages and does so with high academic achievement. He displays leadership skills everyday throughout the school.

​​Kain Franco is a 2nd grader at Crosby Elementary. Principal Kratky-Fox says Kain has a very kind heart. He’s willing to help all his friends at CES feel at home.  He has been a part of videos for the campus and district encouraging others to be kind and take initiative. 

From Newport Elementary, 5th grader Amina Holness. Principal Price used one word to describe Amina: “Remarkable." She is extremely responsible for her age. She can be seen walking through the halls making sure her younger siblings make it to class safely. Principal Price says Amina truly brings new meaning to being a well-rounded student.

Mariah Lamb is in the 8th grade at Crosby Middle School. Principal Vallot says Mariah is an excellent student with a beautiful smile. She is focused and a rule follower.  She is a model student, respectful and displays excellence everyday at CMS.

From Crosby High School, senior Quincy Jones Junior. Principal Davila says Quincy is an outstanding student-athlete who always represents his school in a positive manner.  While he does amazing things on the football field, he is also a great young man in the classroom.  Quincy is very humble and hard working and is well liked by his teachers and his peers.  As a senior student, he is a great role model for other students at CHS.

These seven students are also receiving $25 gift certificates from HEB. We appreciate HEB partnering with us to celebrate our students of the month.


Teachers of month

Ms. Ana Hartley. She teaches Kindergarten Dual Language at Crosby Kindergarten Center. Principal Baldwin says Ms. Hartley always has fun, engaging, and creative lessons in the classroom. She goes above and beyond to make the learning meaningful and relevant for the students.

Our next teacher you may recognize from TikTok! Ms. Karla Montero from Barrett Elementary. Ms. Montero organized an entire Hispanic Heritage Program while planning her upcoming wedding AND while participating in Reading Academy! Principal Walthall had one word to describe Ms. Montero: “Amazing!” She and her class sang “Un Poco Loco” from “Coco” and currently hold the record for most views on Crosby ISD’s TikTok account at 130,400 views.

From Drew Elementary, Mr. Cesar Ayala. Principal Tisdom says Mr. Ayala always has his student’s best interest in mind. He creates engaging lessons and provides opportunities for his students to continuously challenge one another through critical questioning.

From Crosby Elementary School, Ms. Thersa Summers. Principal Kratky-Fox says there is never a day that Ms. Summers is not supporting our teachers and providing strategies to help our students be successful.  She is willing to help anywhere there is a need.  Ms. Summers makes CES a better place to learn every day. 

From Newport Elementary, Ms. Aitsa Rios is a 3rd grade math/dual language. Principal Price says Ms. Rios is a “jewel”. She is always going above and beyond to help her students grow academically and culturally. Visiting her classroom is a treat. You never know what you're going to get...but you always know it's going to be good!

Mr. Jalen Harrison is a Texas History teacher at Crosby Middle School. He is a 2nd year teacher. He is a Crosby ISD graduate and has come back to give back what Crosby ISD instilled in him. He maintains a positive attitude, very reliable and has built great relationships with his students. Jalen Harrison also coaches at the HS and has done a phenomenal job with our Athletes. Principal Vallot calls Coach Harrison “the Quiet Storm”.

Ms. Holly Lamb from Crosby High School. Principal Davila says Ms. Lamb is an exceptional teacher and leader at CHS. She runs her Social Studies department in a positive way and is very organized.  She knows how to get the job done efficiently and effectively and most importantly understands what is best for her students. Congrats!


Our paraprofessionals, bus drivers, custodians, grounds and maintenance teams are working hard each day. Tonight, we want to give thanks to a paraprofessional who is making a difference everyday. Ms. Nicole Berry from Crosby Middle School. Principal Vallot says Nicole has a “golden personality.” She cares about all students and is dedicated to her job. She takes initiative and immediate action upon request. One of the biggest compliments I’ve heard about Ms. Berry is that her customer service is outstanding! Congratulations!


Community member

Melody Stephens is the Crosby ISD community member for November. She has been a familiar face in our district, making a difference everyday. Mrs. Stephens and her husband Scott triumphed over tragedy to make sure no family would face the same thing her family faced. They created the Cody Stephens Foundation, helped bring automatic defibrillators to our district and taught CPR. Now Crosby ISD is the first “Heart Safe School” District in the Houston area.

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Crosby High School and Drew Elementary were the final two campuses to also receive their "Heart Safe School" distinction.

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You can watch more about Mrs. Stephens at this link on the Crosby ISD Youtube page.

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