NHG Chamber fetes Aldine New Teachers

Featured speakers at the New Teachers Welcome luncheon included

By Gilbert Hoffman, Editor

CAMPBELL CENTER– The North Houston Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce held their annual Welcome to New Aldine Teachers luncheon last Thursday noon, with a full turnout of teachers and business community members that topped over 600 participants.

This annual event is one of the highlights of the Back-to-School activities that are currently underway at the Aldine and other districts around Houston. The first day of school for students is quite close, August 18th.

The Keynote speaker for the luncheon was Dr. Bennie Lambert, a motivational speaker from North Harris College, known throughout the country for his unique blend of humor, inspiration and real-world experience.

Dr. Lambert earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Baylor University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Texas A. & M. For the past several years, Dr. Lambert has traveled the country extensively, promoting higher education, excellence and success through training and development programs. He is Vice President for Student and Organizational Developoment at North Harris College.

Dr. Lambert emphasized his own career, with the thought, “Where would I be without a Teacher?”

Another idea he left with the audience was that the Difference in Great People, is that they 1. Show up consistently, 2. Show up on time, and 3. Show up with Homework Done. Simple lessons for teachers, you might say, that lead to success.

The emcee for the luncheon was Reggie Gray, who is marketing and promotions director for the chamber, and marketing director for Greenspoint Mall and several others in Houston. His wit and humor kept the event lively and enjoyable.

Dr. Nadine Kujawa, superintendent of Aldine schools, greeted the chamber members and the new teachers. She pointed out the size of the AISD, 11th largest in the state, and 111 square miles in area. There are 67 schools in the district, and 55,000 students.

Sponsors of the luncheon were the Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA, and several area Office Depot stores.

Entertainment was provided by local schools, including the Eisenhower Sr. High Show Choir, and the Carver High Dance Troop.