Paradise ISD Student Spotlights for Saturday, December 15, 2018

Published Saturday, December 15, 2018
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Layla Huerta


Layla Huerta

Grade: 3

Parents: Jacob and Adriana Huerta

Favorite subject: science

Hobbies: Like to play basketball and draw

“Layla recently got to ring the bell in the office for meeting her goal. She works hard every day with a great attitude and character.” – Principal Robyn Gibson

Gage Sobieraj


Gage Sobieraj

Grade: 5

Parents: Alissa Sobieraj

Favorite subject: history

Hobbies: soccer, Cub Scouts, building models and playing video games

“Gage is a well-rounded student who works hard both in and out of the classroom. He is always helpful and polite to the other students and exhibits the qualities we like to see in our students.” – Principal Kristin Gage

Sarah Gonzales


Sarah Gonzales

Grade: 6

Parents: Russell and Colleen Gonzales

Favorite subject: English. Coach [Randi] is her favorite teacher.

Hobbies: reading, playing soccer and Minecraft

“Sarah is the type of student that can make you smile when you need it the most. She is always friendly and kind. She is a sharp student and loves coming to school every day. When she grows up, she wants to be a baker or a chef. She loves to make cakes, especially chocolate. Her favorite thing about junior high is that everyone is really nice.” – Principal Greg Fletcher

Tanner Forsyth


Tanner Forsyth

Grade: 12

Parents: Stephen and Lisa Forsyth

Favorite subject: math

Hobbies: Tanner has played basketball and tennis. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. He also enjoys playing guitar at his church.

“Tanner Forsyth is an exceptional student at Paradise High School. He is a leader in the classroom and a role model to his peers. Tanner has a strong work ethic and always turns in his best work. In dual credit literature, Tanner is a top student. He has a great analytical mind and is a talented writer. In addition to his academic achievements, Tanner has strong moral character traits. You can always count on Tanner’s integrity, dedication and ability to encourage and help others.” – English teacher Georgia Helton

Dr. Joyce Hardy


Dr. Joyce Hardy

Position: Assistant Superintendent for Assessment, Accountability and Special Programs

Family: Husband Wayne; Daughters Robin Meadows and Stacie Witt; grandchildren Dalton, Dillon, Colton, Danae and Dustin

Experience: Teacher and administrator for 16 years at PISD; graduate assistant and adjunct professer for six years at TWU; substitute teacher for 10 years and kindergarten teacher for nine years in Boyd ISD.

Hobbies: Watching grandkids play sports, show animals and spending time with family.

Why did you choose education as a profession?: “My great-grandmother used to call me her little school teacher, so from a young age I knew that was something I was meant to be. After trying substitute teaching, I discovered I had a talent for working with children. Having the opportunity to be part of their learning process and seeing their ‘lightbulb’ come on when learning a new skill is extremely rewarding. It is a joy to be part of the education profession, and I truly believe it is a special calling.”

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