Category: Profiles

Brenda Trevino Recognized as Jimmy Carter ECHS Teacher of the Year

We would like to congratulate Ms. Brenda Treviño, our Biology instructor, for representing Jimmy Carter as Teacher of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year. During Teacher Appreciation Week, we would like to thank her and all of our Jimmy Carter and La Joya ISD Faculty who provide exceptional instruction day-in and day-out for our students. Thank you! #ThankATeacher#TeacherAppreciationWeek2020#LJISDShineBright#RedWolfPride

RedWolve Joel works on lyrics for a song

Lyrics by: Joel Lopez

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Joel finds inspiration during this Pandemic event to work on his creative pursuits.

You numb the pain
I want you to know that I’m not the same
You changed me, in a good way
Let me know that you want me to stay
Because I’m happy with you
And I hope you’re happy too
I want to grow old with you
And never be feeling blue
I still remember all the good times we had together, just me and you, always down for whatever.
You know me the way no one else does, god that’s cool, c’mon let’s not make a fuss
You’re greater than great, You’re better than best, baby girl I believe you can do anything, unlike the rest, let’s go on more dates, let’s enjoy what we have, because from what I’ve seen the spark never lasts
All I need is you
All I want is you
I will always be here for you
Because I know, you’re here for me too
And all I need is

You understand the way I feel by just staring at me
You understand the pain I feel by just thinking of me
You see all the tears I shed, It’s like I’m filling up the sea
I have all that negativity, but when I see you I’m filled with glee
All the pain is gone and now, I’m a new me
I can tell how happy you are to see me full of energy and relieved
Stress-free and full of positivity

You made me like that, that’s a fact
So give yourself some credit for the way that I act
I defend, but when you’re at your lowest, I’ll attack, yea, there’s no doubt about that
I need you to know that you’re my world
I need you to know that you’re my girl
You’re that somebody I talk about whenever I say, all I need is

I understand that you’ve been through some tough times
I understand that you’ve been through a lot
I understand that you need some time to heal
But guess what, you got me now and I’ll seal the pain you feel
I can be the hero that you need to succeed
I can be the one that you need to proceed
We were two souls that became one, now it’s all good so let’s go and have some fun
You’re the girl of my dreams, me and you make a team
Let’s not worry about our dreams staying dreams
Because from what’s been happening, they’ve all been coming, true it seems
Me and you together, that’s a dream come true
Keeping you happy, that’s a dream come true
You loving me, that’s a dream come true
You in my life, is the best dream come true


Carter’s AVID Teacher Shares Story About Her Profession and Immigration

“While I was flying over to America from the Philippines, I was discombobulated. At some point, I wanted to go back home, but I thought of all the sacrifices that led me to where I stand. I just closed my weary eyes and prayed for the best of what’s waiting for me in the ‘Land of Milk and Honey,'” said Bangsalud.

Fel Bangsalud shares her story about her professional achievement and the transition from her Philippine to American citizenship. Bangsalud serves as Jimmy Carter Early College High School’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher.

“AVID is a class that helps to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college readiness and be successful in society,” she said.

Bangsalud arrived in the United States in August 2002, hoping to become more professionally accomplished and earn more money.  However, it took a lot of relinquishing from her part to successfully come to America. 

“It was an extensive wait for the processing of papers, and it was also expensive. My mother had to lend me her retirement money, which I would later pay once I was stable, and my husband had to sell one of his properties,” she stated. “My family was not with me for nine months since they had to wait for their visas. It was burdensome, but the challenging part was leaving my young children behind.”

Bangsalud was 33 years old when she made the voyage and had obtained her master’s degree as an educator.  Since her arrival, she has been an employee at La Joya ISD. It took her ten years to be an American citizen. 

“That day I renounced my Philippine citizenship to be an American, I felt like I was betraying my country,” she said. “I cried out of sadness and happiness as I was renouncing and embracing something new.”     

She reclaimed her being a Filipino when she applied and was granted dual citizenship.  

“Having dual citizenship has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is that you have to pay taxes in both countries, and one of the advantages is that you can enjoy the benefits of any citizens in the Philippines and the USA.”

In the 16 years of working at La Joya ISD, Bangsalud accomplished many things in her profession, such as being an educator for students with special needs in the Resource and Inclusion classrooms, Content Mastery, Functional Life Skills Unit, and Social Adjustment Unit.

“Not many people can say they have accomplished such levels of knowledge and skill, and I’m very grateful for the opportunities La Joya ISD  had afforded me,” she said.

Her colleagues have regarded her as someone very positive.

“Students feel comfortable asking her questions, she is very qualified, and she follows the rules,” Mila Obnial said. “She is patient, kind, teaches important study skills, and she helps students in all content areas,” added Eliza Navarro. “She is kind, hard-working, and she loves her job,” said Vanessa Brown.

Although Bangsalud has attained her American dream, she wishes to return to her birth nation when she retires.

“I am more of a provincial type than an urban one. I miss my exciting rustic life back in the Cordilleras, the verdant environment, rice fields,  fresh air,  and the rain!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


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