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CASE earns 6 state leadership awards from TEA’s Afterschool Center on Education

Harris County Department of Education’s Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE) staff and students garnered multiple awards at the Texas Education Agency’s Afterschool Center on Education (ACE) Conference in August 2012. ACE is a 21st Century Community Learning Centers program funded by the United States Department of Education.

The Golden ACE Awards recognizes ACE leaders who have made a difference in the lives of after-school students and their families. CASE, a division of Harris County Department of Education (HCDE), provides after-school programs and program development assistance and support to over 70 after-school sites in Harris County for about 12,000 students in elementary through high school in greater Harris County. The CASE mission is to strengthen, support and sustain after school for all children.

Six awards were gained by CASE staff and students. Awards for 2012:

Top Student Leader (Cycle 5): Lyndel Biggs CASE Ambassador, from South Houston High School, Pasadena ISD

Top Project Director (Cycle 5): Rikitra Stewart, CASE coordinator

Top Family Engagement Specialist (Cycle 7): Claudia Magallan, CASE family engagement specialist

Top Site Coordinator (Cycle 7): Christina Torres, Kruse Elementary, Pasadena ISD

Top Administrator (Cycle 5): Elida Troutman, Crockett Elementary, Houston ISD

Top Site Coordinator (Cycle 6): Anitrice Austin, Stafford Middle School, Stafford ISD

Photo cutline: (left front) CASE Program Coordinator Rikitra Stewart and CASE Director Lisa Caruthers (left back) HCDE Board of Trustee Marvin W. Morris; Kruse Elementary Coordinator Christina Torres; CASE Family Service Specialist Claudia Magallan; Stafford Middle School Coordinator Anitrice Austin; CASE Ambassador and South Houston High School student Lyndel Biggs; Crockett Elementary Principal Elida Troutman; HCDE Board of Trustee Debra Kerner; and HCDE Assistant Superintendent Celes Harris.

About HCDE: Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 26 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, Early Childhood Intervention and Head Start programs. We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at


Carol E. Vaughn, Communications/Media Relations Manager
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd., Houston TX 77022
713-696-0756 office, 281-660-9205 cell

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