Harris County Department of Education Adult Education teacher Caroll Hodo was named “Teacher of the Year” by the Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education. The organization supports more than 3,000 adult education teachers in Texas. Hodo was awarded the honor Feb. 6 at the organization’s state conference in Corpus Christi.
The Alief resident teaches GED for HCDE Adult Education at the Alief Community Center and Killough Middle School, two of 65 community locations where HCDE provides classes. She also teaches English and writing to adult basic education students, those working on basic skills before entering the GED program.
In an eight-month period, Hodo worked with team teacher Doug Chin to help 41 students pass the GED test through a fast-track program.
“Her students love to attend her class because she immediately connects with them and constantly motivates them in class,” said HCDE Adult Education Manager May O’Brien.
HCDE Adult Education Director Eduardo Honold says HCDE is proud of Hodo’s achievements and acknowledges the sacrifices she and many other adult education teachers make to help their students become more successful.
Student Nicole Rosemarie Hunter, 44, is one of Hodo’s GED graduates. In November 2013, she was nominated and received an award for outstanding citizenship as an adult learner and was inducted into the Adult Education National Honor Society. After becoming frustrated with school, Hunter returned to class when she lost her job as a waitress. An essay she wrote in Hodo’s class awakened a confidence in her abilities as a student and writer. Now she begins her education journey to become a nurse.
Hodo has taught adult students for 16 years and children for 22 years. She has worked for HCDE part-time since 1993. She also taught GED language arts, writing and math to inmates at the Terrell Unit in Rosharon for 10 years.
“Her passion and love for teaching is contagious in the classroom,” said O’Brien. “She is an exceptional person and teacher who is willing to do anything for her students so they can be successful academically and in life. Her humanity and care for her students have touched and moved many people’s hearts.”
About HCDE Adult Education: HCDE serves students through its Adult Education Irvington Learning Center, 6515 Irvington and from learning centers and classrooms located in urban and suburban areas. Service areas include northeast Houston, Spring Branch, Cypress-Fairbanks, Katy, Pasadena, Baytown, Klein, Alief and Galena Park. In total, 65 satellite locations in 15 school districts serve more than 10,000 adults annually. Classes include ESL, citizenship, workplace literacy, adult basic education and GED preparation. Classes are free on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about classes, call 713-692-6216 or go to www.hcde-texas.org.
About HCDE: Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 25 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 www.hcde-texas.org.
Carol Vaughn, Communications/Media Relations Manager