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Isyjean P. Korenek PhotoIsyjean P. Korenek
BiographyThis begins my 32nd year of teaching. I graduate from Schulenburg High School in May of 1961 and from the University of Texas at Austin on May 17th, 1980, with a B.S. in Elementary Education, a minor speech and an endorsement in Generic Special Education. I began my teaching career as an employee of the Rockdale ISD in August of 1980. My first teaching assignment was with Thorndale ISD, where I taught all level of special education for 3 years. In the fall of 1983 the Rockdale ISD transferred me to the Mary Lee School Campus, a residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed and/or behavioral disordered boys. While there, I taught all grade levels of special education, through May of 1988. The next school year, I was transferred one last time by the Rockdale ISD to the Rockdale Elementary School Campus, where I taught resource classes at the elementary level for half of the day and for the other half of the day I taught homebound students on both the Rockdale High School Campus and the Rockdale Junior High School Campus. In addition, I traveled to the home of students who were unable to attend classes in a regular school setting. In the fall of 1989, my new assignment with the Cameron ISD was that of 4th grade teacher. I taught 4th grade and again I coached UIL poetry reading or ready writing for 8 more years. In 1991, I assumed my present teaching position-that of a reading interventionist teacher. This year begins my 11th year of teaching in that capacity. For the first 2 years, as a reading interventionist, I taught 4th and 5th grade reading intervention. For the last 8 years I have been teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade reading intervention. I firmly believe that all children can learn and that, as an interventionist, my responsibility is to teach my students the specialized strategies that will enable them to become successful reading, comprehends and thinkers. My ultimate goal is to have my students develop a love for reading. During my tenure with the Cameron ISD, I have served on the DAC for 4 nonconsecutive terms and on the CIC for 3 terms. I was also the team leader for the special teachers for 2 years. I have been a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for the past 10 years and an officer for 9 of those years. I am also a member of the Texas State Teachers Association and I have served as a TSTA officer for each of my 32 years of teaching. For the past 6 years, I have been the UIL Coordinator for both the Cameron Elementary School and the Ben Milam School campuses. Last, but not least, at the award ceremony in May of 2009, I received my plaque for my 20 years of tenure with the Cameron Independent School District.
TitleReading Interventionist
ExpertiseReading, English/Language Arts; Numerous special training including Shirley Crook Workshops, Dr. Ruby Wayne Workshops, New Jersey Writing Project Texas Summer Institute; NJWPT Reading Week, Grammar Week, Poetry Week; Tribes TLC Workshops; Project Mustard Seed Academy; Process Writing Workshops
Current OrganizationCameron Independent School District
Type of OrganizationSchool district
Major ProductEducation
Area of DistributionTexas
University/DegreeB.S., Elem. Ed., Univ. of Austin, 1980; Endorsements-Generic Spec. Ed., 1980, Mentally Retarded Sp. Ed., 1980, Emotionally Disturbed Sp. Ed., 1984
BornMay 17, 1943, Houston, Texas
Honors & AwardsLone Star Girl Scout Council: Plaque for 25-Year Affiliation; Plaque for 10 Years as Neighborhood Chairman; Selected Delegate to the Girl Scouting in a Rural Setting Conference held in Little Rock, Arkansas (Presenter); TSTA: Selected Delegate to numerous State Democratic Conventions; Selected Delegate to the NEA Convention in Dallas, TX; Selected Member to the TSTA’s Political Action Interview and Endorsement Team/Committee; Rockdale Chamber of Commerce: Plaque in recognition of efforts as Rockdale Young Homemaker Chapter President, to get two Rockdale City Markers constructed and donated to the city; City of Rockdale: Selected Chairperson of the City Park Restoration Committee; Rockdale ISD: 5-year tenure pin; Cameron ISD: 5 and 10-year tenure pins; 15, 20, & 25-year, tenure plaques; America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals 2012 Roundtable Member, 2011 Professional of the Year in Reading/English; Texas Controller's Circle of Honor 5 Star Reading Award for Public Education Excellence, Cameron Elementary School Teachers 2011; Gold Performance Comparable Improvement in Reading/ELA, 2008 & 2011 and School Accountability Rating Recognized, 2010 & 2011, Cameron Elementary School; Cameron ISD's 25 Years of Service Plaque; Cameron Elementary Teacher of the Year, 2015; Teacher Retirement Plaque for 35 years of teaching Cameron ISD and 27 years of teaching in the CISD 2015
Published Works“Growing Up Jewish in Schulenburg, Texas” article, Texas Jewish Historical Society Newsletter; “Getting Jiggy With It” article, published during New Jersey Writing Project of Texas Three-Week Writing Institute; Instructional Unit for the Austin ISD, “Hummingbirds”; Instructional Unit for the Rockdale ISD, “Feeling and Dealing”; Presentations: “Growing Up Jewish in Schulenburg, Texas” article presented at a meeting of the Jewish Historical Society held at Temple Israel in Schulenburg, Texas; School Board Presentations in Rockdale and in Cameron, Texas; Professional Development Workshops in Rockdale, Thorndale, and Cameron, Texas; Host: Radio coverage of Meet the Candidates forum
AffiliationsPast and present include Texas Teachers Association; National Education Association; President, Milam County Educators Association; President, Cameron Educators Association; Association of Children with Learning Disabilities; Texas Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders; Rockdale Parent Teacher Association; Cameron Parent Teacher Association; International Reading Association; Little River Reading Council; Delta Kappa Gamma Society International’ Parliamentarian, Lambda Psi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma
Hobbies & SportsReading, singing, writing lyrics and melodies for songs used in class to teach skills, writing poetry
Work HistoryResource Teacher, grades 1-12, 3 yrs and grades 3-5, 5 yrs; Residential Treatment Teacher, grades 2-12, 6 yrs; Children’s Psychiatric Hospital Summer School Teacher of the Behavior Disordered/Emotionally Disturbed, grades 3-5; Homebound Teacher, grades 3-12, 2 yrs; 4th Grade Teacher, 8 yrs; Reading Interventionist, grades 3-5, past 15 yrs; UIL Coordinator for Cameron Elementary and Ben Milam Elementary Schools, past 8 yrs
Children2 children-Denise Renae Meyer, Darrell Lynn Korenek; 6 grandchildren-Christina Renae Korenek, Parker Lynn Korenek, Ashley Nicole Meyer, Britny Dawn Meyer, Dustin Vaughn Meyer, Abigail Leigh Korenek
SpouseWillie Korenek
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