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Residents in Kingwood are complaining about brown colored water in their community.

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Posts on Kingwood.com indicate the problem with brown water coming out of faucets go back as far as three months ago.

One resident wrote to the Factor complaining about the problem in the Houston community.

She also says her family and others in the community have been sick with stomach issues because of the water.

A spokesperson from Houston City Councilman Dave Martin’s office says they’re looking into the issue.

I’ve also placed a call to the city’s Public Works department to try and get a response about the water quality.

The city of Houston controls the water supply in Kingwood even though it is managed by a contractor.

Do we have a Flint right here in our backyard?

Keep reading for updates and more details.

Response and update from Councilman Dave Martin’s office:

Council Member Martin is aware of the water quality issues affecting Kingwood residents at this time, and our office has taken a proactive approach and has been working closely with Severn Trent to help find a solution to the discoloration of the water that is being seen. According to Severn Trent’s Assistant Manager, Graham Beisel, a contractor is currently onsite trying to isolate fire hydrants which is contributing to the issue. Due to the calcium buildup in the lines, sediment is working its way through the system causing residents to see brown water coming from their faucets. We have been told that crews are in route now to flush the lines, and are hopeful that this will be a long term solution to providing clear water. At this time, the water is safe to drink, bathe with as well as to cook with and there is no need to boil. Should residents continue to see any discoloration, they are encouraged to call the city’s 3-1-1 helpline or our office at (832) 393-3008.

 

Best,

 

 

Lauren Laake

Chief of Staff

Office of Council Member Dave Martin

District E

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A couple residing in Katy has been taken into custody following the filing of a criminal complaint alleging forced labor, withholding documents, conspiracy to harbor an illegal alien and visa fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

 

Chudy and Sandra Nsobundu, 56 and 50, respectively, were arrested today and expected to make their initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. The criminal complaint was filed under seal Feb. 5, 2016, and automatically unsealed upon their arrests today.

 

The victim is a 38-year-old Nigerian national. According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, she was subjected to physical and verbal abuse while employed by the Katy couple and regularly referred to as “the idiot.” The victim allegedly worked every day from 5:30 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. and was responsible for cleaning the house, making meals and taking care of five children. The criminal complaint alleges she was told she could not watch television or even sit down during her work hours. She was also allegedly told to sleep on the floor and could not use warm water to bathe or wash her hair. The affidavit also claims that she was not allowed to eat fresh food and was only permitted the leftovers from the previous prepared meals. Further, if the victim even wanted some milk for her tea, she would have to actually strain the milk out of the children’s cereal bowls, according to the allegations. In one instance of alleged abuse, the criminal complaint charges that Sandra Nsobundu drug the victim by her hair and hit her across her face because she did not like the socks the victim put on one of the children.

 

The victim did not have access to a phone and could not communicate with her family, according the charges. Her movements were mostly limited to the residence and allegedly only allowed out for short walks with the youngest children around her block. The charges outlined in the complaint indicate the victim also did not have access to her passport and other travel documents.

 

The defendants had previously agreed to pay the woman 20,000 Nigerian nairas – $100 U.S. dollars per month, according to the charges. The Nsobundus allegedly never paid the victim for any of her work here in the U.S.

 

The victim was rescued Oct. 10, 2015, after more than two years with the Nsobundus in the U.S., following a tip to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.   

 

If convicted of forced labor, the defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison. For visa fraud, the maximum penalty is a 25-year-federal prison term, while the withholding documents and harboring conspiracy carry as possible punishment a maximum five and 10 years, respectively, upon conviction. All of the charges could also result in a $250,000 maximum fine.

 

The investigation leading to the filing of criminal charges was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance in Houston, which includes Homeland Security Investigations, Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office and the Department of State -Diplomatic Security Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie N. Searle and Ruben R. Perez are prosecuting the case.

 

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The Texas Sports Hall of Fame announces the Class of 2016 presented by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance.Those to be honored on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 include former University of Texas football coach Fred Akers, former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro Lineman Larry Allen, PRCA World Champion Rodeo Star Trevor Brazile, former University of Texas basketball point guard T.J. Ford, former Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals All-Pro Lineman Ken Gray, former Texas A&M Defensive End Jacob Green, former New York Yankees All Star Pitcher Andy Pettitte & former Negro League Pitcher “Smokey” Joe Williams (deceased).

Tickets

The inductees are scheduled to appear in Waco for the banquet which will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 6:00pm.  There will be a reception at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame before the banquet beginning at 4:00pm. Combination Reception/Banquet tickets are $200 each or $1,400 for a reserved table of 8.  The banquet will be held at the Waco Convention Center. Banquet only tickets can be purchased for $75 each or a table of 8 can be reserved for $600. 
Tickets can be ordered by calling the museum at 800-567-9561 or securely online thru our website
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Accommodations 

The Hampton Inn & Suites and the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Lacy Lakeview are the host hotels (located  just 5 minutes from the museum) for the induction banquet. Be sure and ask for the special Texas Sports Hall of Fame room rate.
Hampton Inn  – 4259 North IH-35, Waco TX 76705, 254-662-9500

Fairfield Inn – 4257 North IH-35, Waco TX 76705, 254-412-2535.
For more information contact
Jared Mosley at JaredM@tshof.org or 800-567-9561
Jay Black at jay.black@tshof.org or 800-567-9561.

For breaking news regarding the banquet for the TSHOF Class of 2016 follow us on twitter at @TXSportsHOF.

TEXAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME – Class of 2016

    
FRED AKERS. Head football coach at Texas from 1977-1986 with 86-31-2 record. Won SWC titles in 1977, ’83. Led UT to nine bowl games in 10 seasons . Moved Earl Campbell from FB to TB, which led to his 1977 Heisman Trophy season. Had three 10-win seasons, 4 Top-10 finishes in final polls. Also coached two Lombardi Trophy winners, 48 All-SWC players.

LARRY ALLEN. 12 NFL seasons for Cowboys. NFL Hall of Fame in 2013. 7-time All-Pro. 6-time All-NFC first team. 10-time Pro Bowler. Named to NFL All-Decade second teams for 1990s and 2000s. Helped lead Dallas to its third Super Bowl title in four years in January 1996. Best player on NFL’s best offensive line helped pave way for Emmitt Smith to set Dallas single-season records for rushing yards (1,773) and TDs (25) in 1995, and eventually set NFL marks with 18,355 rushing yards and 164 rushing TDs.

TREVOR BRAZILE. Amarillo, TX native. Surpassed Ty Murray by winning 8 consecutive PRCA all-around world titles, giving him record total of 12. Since 1996 has won a record 21 rodeo world titles, most ever by a multi-event cowboy. Competes in tie-down roping, team roping, steer roping. Won $426,000 in prize money in 2013, 2nd-best in history behind his $508,000 in 2010, to become first cowboy to surpass $5 million in career earnings.

T.J. FORD. Houston, TX native. 9 NBA seasons (2003-12) with 4 teams. Won Naismith and Wooden Awards as national player of year (2003)University of Texas. Sporting News POY (2003).USBWA Freshman of the Year (2002).Consensus first-team all-American as soph at UT, averaged 15 pts, 7.7 assists and 3.9 rebs per game (2002-03). Led UT to 2003 Final Four Led nation in assists with 8.3 per game in 2001-02 and 7.7 in 2002-03. First-team All-Big 12 in 2002-03, Big 12 Freshman of Year. .Avg 11.2 points, 5.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 9-year NBA career (Milwaukee 2003-06, Toronto 2006-08, Indiana 2008-11, San Antonio 2011-12 ) despite losing all or part of at least 6 seasons to injury. McDonald’s HS All-American at Fort Bend Willowridge.From 1999 to 2001 Ford’s hs team compiled a 75–1 win-loss record (including a 62-game winning streak) earning a pair of Texas Class 5A state titles.

KEN GRAY. San Saba, TX native. Seven-time NFL Pro Bowl guard for St. Louis Cardinals was a consensus All-Pro in 1963-65 and 1967, earned at least 1 first-team designation in 1966-68-69 as well. Named first-team guard on pro-football-reference.com’s All-1960s Team and Cardinals’ All-Time Team. Began career as 4-year letterman (1954-57) at Howard Payne, where he was All-Lone Star Conference and named to Little All-America team. Drafted in the 6th round (62nd overall pick) by Green Bay in 1958 before earning roster spot with Chicago Cardinals. Spent 12 years with Chicago/St. Louis before joining Houston Oilers in 1970. Returned to Llano HS as head coach (1973-75), spent 1977-78 seasons as Denver Broncos’ offensive line coach. Inducted into NAIA and Howard Payne HOFs.

JACOB GREEN. Pasadena, TX  native. Two-time All-America defensive end at Texas A&M recorded 116 sacks in 12+ seasons with Seattle Seahawks, retired 3rd all-time behind Reggie White, Lawrence Taylor. Posted 12+ sacks 6 times and intercepted 3 passes (2 for TDs). Two-time All-Pro (1983-84), 2-time Pro Bowler (1986-87). Two-time All-SWC at A&M. Drafted 10th overall in 1980 after posting 134 tackles, school-record 20 sacks as Aggie senior. Still holds school marks for fumbles forced in season (6) and career (12), 2nd in sacks (37).

ANDY PETTITTE. Houston, TX native. 18 seasons for Yankees, Astros.8-time pennant winner, 5-time World Series champ (1996-98-99-00-09). 3-time All-Star (1996, 2001, 2010) Led MLB in wins (148) from 2000-09. MLB’s all-time leader in postseason wins (19), starts (44), IP (276.2) At 256-153, ranks 42nd on MLB’s all-time wins list, 11th among lefties. 1st pitcher in history to start and win deciding games in LDS, LCS and World Series in same season (2009). Only pitcher in history with 6 postseason series-clinching wins. Only pitcher since 1930 to win 12+ games in first 9 seasons. Yankees retired his number (46) on August 23, 2015.

“SMOKEY” JOE WILLIAMS (deceased). Seguin, TX native. Widely recognized as one of the game’s greatest pitchers, despite never throwing a pitch in the major leagues, Williams was born in 1886. Williams would have a 25 year career from 1907-1932. Although records are incomplete, Williams is credited with a win-loss record of 41-3 in 1914. In 1930, at age 40, Williams struck out 27 Kansas City Monarchs over 12 innings helping his team to a 1-0 victory. Williams and Satchel Paige only went head-to-head on one occasion (a 1-0 victory for Williams), but the Pittsburgh Courier named Williams the greatest pitcher in Negro League history ahead of Paige. Major baseball historian and statistician, Bill James, named Williams the 12th greatest pitcher of all time, regardless of league. Williams was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Isiah Factor Uncensored Live this Friday at #UnionKitchenBellaire #UnionKitchen – guests include nationally known rapper Mike Jones addressing allegations he has become a pimp, Mayor Sylvester Turner with Uncensored anchor Angela Chen live from San Francisco at the Super Bowl, Kat McKinley,  and Margaret Justus talk politics…plus I will be there and you’re invited to come out and see it live at Union Kitchen on Bellaire. That’s Friday at 9 pm. #fox26news #IsiahFactorUncensored

INCOME TAX REFUND

There are a lot of nervous people on social media because they’re not getting their income tax refunds as fast as they thought they would. Tax expert Chris Crockett of Noble Enterprises tells the Factor there are several factors that play a role in that possibility. Crockett says the IRS usually tells the taxpayer they should received a refund in 21 days.

Tax Expert Chris Crockett of Nobile Enterprises

Tax Expert Chris Crockett of Nobile Enterprises

He says if you don’t get a response then the federal agency will reach out for additional information. Crockett also says there is a new identity theft prevention component the IRS is using to stop fraud and it also could extend your wait for a refund. However, Crocket says as of yet none of his Houston based clients have gone passed the 21 day window. He says you just have to be patient.

Crockett Posted This Message To His Client:

Tax Refund Info:

FYI, the IRS releases refunds in 10 – 21 days after the return is submitted (in most cases).. They do not give a release date until they are finished with processing.. DO NOT look at refund cycle charts online to try to determine when you will get your refund.

How to contact Chris Crockett:
2500 E TC Jester , Suite 212
Houston, Texas
(281) 953-2600

 

The Latest News from the IRS:

The IRS stopped accepting electronically filed tax returns Wednesday because of problems with some of its computer systems. The outage could affect refunds, but the agency said it doesn’t anticipate “major disruptions.”
A “hardware failure” forced the shutdown of several tax processing systems, including the e-file system, the IRS said in a statement. The IRS.gov website remains available, but “where’s my refund” and other services are not working.
Some systems will be out of service at least until Thursday, the agency said. “The IRS is currently in the process of making repairs and working to restore normal operations as soon as possible,” the IRS said.
Taxpayers can continue to send electronic returns to companies that serve as middlemen between taxpayers and the IRS. But those companies have to hold on to the tax returns until the IRS systems are up and running again, the IRS said.
While the IRS said it is still assessing the scope of the outage, it expects 90 percent of taxpayers will receive refunds within three weeks.
People who have already filed returns don’t need to do anything more, the IRS said.

WATERBOTTLE

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Houston Bottled Water Drop-off Locations for Flint, Michigan
“In a continuing effort The Black Heritage Society, in cooperation with The Houston Food Bank, The City Houston Fire Department, DJ Game Tight Entertainment, A-Rocket Movers, Cut The Cords TV, V3 International, Baby Ben Productions, The Don’t Kill Me Movement and a Host of Ministries are calling on all Citizens in the Houston Metroplex and beyond to answer the call for more bottled water that is needed in the town of Flint, Michigan, our goal is for the citizens of Houston to collectively give 100,000+ cases of bottled water”.-Barry Thompson (Senior Advisor of the Black Heritage Society)

The Black Heritage Society will be coordinating the collection of bottled water throughout the month of February. We will provide additional drop off locations as they come onboard with this effort. We are collectively calling on all who live in the Houston Metroplex to respond to this need for bottled water for the people suffering in Flint, Michigan. There is also a dire need for Baby Wipes/Moist Wipes, water filters (Pur or equivalent not Brita) shower filters (Pur or equivalent not Brita), Hand Sanitizers and disposable eating supplies. Houston can answer this call. Please remember 100,000+ cases for Flint, Michigan.

Below are the Drop-off Locations throughout the Month of February
I. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church-NW Houston 5-8pm M-F, 1-8pm Sat
5902 Beall St. @ Mansfield Rd.
Houston Texas 77091
Tel # 713.692.5333 or 832.894.3542

II. Christ Embassy Church-SW Houston-12-7 pm M-Sat
86123 Hemlock Dr.
Houston Texas 77083
Tel # 832.213.1699 or 832.212.1699

III. The Houston Food Bank
535 Portwall St. @ Interstate-10 East Near the Gellhorn Exit
Houston, Texas 77029
Houston Food Bank Tel # 713.223.3700 or 832.894.3542

IV. Gloryland Missionary Baptist Church-SE Houston 11-3pm & 5-7pm M-F
12-7pm Sat.
7440 Coffee St. @ Calhoun Rd. near 610 and Cullen Blvd Exit
Houston Texas 77033
Tel #713.733.910/832.882.3360
V. Texas Southern University-Students Association
@ Sterling Student Center from 11am-2pm M-F, 11-5 Sat.

VI. Mt Horeb Baptist Church-Downtown/Midtown 11am-2pm,4-7pm M-F 12-5 Sat
118 West Gray Street Houston
Houston TX. 70019
832.894.3542

VII. First Metropolitan Church-Cypress 11am-6:30pm M-F, 12-5pm Sat.
8870 West Sam Houston Parkway
Houston Texas 77040 Tel No. 713.783.7778

VIII. Kelley Auto Service-Missouri City Mon-Sat 10-5pm
1797 Texas Parkway
Missouri City Texas 77489
218.969.7750 or 832.208.3064

IX. City of Houston Fire Stations-Anytime-Any day until Feb. 28th 2016
• Fire Station #2
• 5880 Woodway Dr.
• Houston, TX 77057

• Fire Station #13
• 2215 W. 43rd Street
• Houston, TX 77018

• Fire Station #15
• 5306 N. Main Street
• Houston, TX 77009

• Fire Station #27
• 6515 Lyons Avenue
• Houston, TX 77020

• Fire Station #55
• 11212 Cullen Blvd
• Houston, TX 77047

• Fire Station #83
• 3350 Breezewood Dr.
• Houston, TX 77082

• Fire Station #90
• 16525 Park Row Blvd
• Houston, TX 77084

• Fire Station #93
• 911 FM 1959
• Houston, TX 77546

“Houston has grown to be a Great City and I know all of us will answer the call to help these people in Flint, Michigan“100,000+ Cases for Flint, Michigan”. ”-Ovide Duncantell Executive Director of The Black Heritage Society

“We are helping by giving Hydrogen Infuse Water that also carries the lead, iron and other dangerous poisons from the body at an extremely high level”-Richard Beam (CEO V3 International).

“Please help my city, Please Help my fellow citizens of Flint, Michigan”.-Toshiba Beasley (Flint, Michigan)

For More Information Please call Barry Thompson at 832.894.3542

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Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested and believed responsible for multiple sexual assault incidents in the Houston and Jersey Village areas since June 2014.  

The suspect, Reginald Dwayne Bond (b/m, 37), is charged with five counts of burglary with intent to commit sexual assault in the 262nd State District Court.  A photo of Bond is attached to this news release.  

The suspect is believed responsible for incidents on the following dates and locations:  

June 22, 2014 at 11011 Pleasant Colony (Jersey Village)April 26, 2015 at 9851 MeadowglenMay 17, 2015 at 11111 Pleasant Colony (Jersey Village)December 25, 2015 at 9801 MeadowglenJanuary 17, 2016 at 9801 Meadowglen

In each incident, Bond watched his female victims and then entered their residences during the early morning hours (3 a.m. to 5 a.m.).  He would look around the residences and either stand by the victims’ beds to wake them with a flashlight or get into the beds before waking them.  In some instances, Bond concealed his face while in others, he covered the victim’s face.  

A preliminary investigation was initiated in June 2015.  HPD investigators were contacted by Jersey Village Police regarding two sexual assault incidents believed committed by the same suspect.  Evidence obtained from a June 2014 incident was entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and that profile matched that of a suspect wanted in as many as four incidents in the Ferguson County area of  St. Louis, Missouri, since 2008.  At that time, no further leads were found in the investigation.  

In October 2015, evidence from the April 2015 incident was entered into the CODIS system and a profile was developed that matched the incidents in Jersey Village and St. Louis.  Further investigation and evidence obtained from the December 2015 incident developed information that identified Bond as the suspect.  

Further investigation and evidence obtained from the January 2016 incident identified Bond as the suspect in these cases.  Bond was taken into custody on January 22 and has admitted his role in the incidents in Houston and Jersey Village.    

Investigators believe there may be more victims and encourage anyone who has information on other possible incidents to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.   

SNACKS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at George Bush Intercontinental Airport found more than 14 pounds of crystal methamphetamine valued at more than $168,700.

CBP officers discovered the illegal narcotics after a CBP K-9 alerted to a cargo shipment arriving from Mexico.

The shipment was manifested as candies and bread, however, officers also found a white crystal substance concealed within the candy. CBP officers tested the substance and the results indicated the substance was crystal methamphetamine. CBP seized the illegal narcotics.
“We take every opportunity to disrupt transnational criminal activity,” said Houston Port Director Charles Perez. “This seizure illustrates our commitment to enforce hundreds of U.S. law including interrupting illegal narcotics trafficking.”
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CBP officers also discovered dead hummingbirds intermingled with the candies in the shipment. According to U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regulations, the hummingbirds were seized for violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Lacey Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). In addition, five rattlesnake rattlers were also found smuggled inside pieces of candy in violation of the ESA and Lacey Act.
In 2014, CBP seized more than 10,000 pounds of drugs on a typical day. For more information, visit CBP Stats and Summaries.

FATALSHOOTING
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a woman at 7227 Canda about 3:45 a.m. on January 3.

The suspect, Jessie Jalomo Ortega, Jr. (H/m, 42), is charged with murder in the 339th State District Court. He is accused in the death of his step-daughter, Ashleigh Smith, 19, of the above address.

A photo of suspect Ortega is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant H. Garcia and Senior Police Officer R. Nunez reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to an incident at the above address involving the shooting death of Ms. Smith. A preliminary investigation determined family members were in the home at the time of the incident.

Further investigation and witness statements identified Ortega as the suspect in this case. He was arrested on Tuesday (February 2) and subsequently charged.

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Today, February 3, 2016, Vanessa Patricia Ganung, 31 years old, pleaded guilty and was sentenced 40 years in prison for the first degree felony offense of Sexual Performance by a Child in the 9th District Court in Montgomery County, Texas.

Ganung was arrested in 2013 after an investigation by the Montgomery County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force revealed she had been producing child pornography of her biological daughters, 7 and 5 years old, in her house in Willis, Texas.

One of the videos depicted Ganung forcing her daughter to expose her genitals and perform sexual acts for the camera.

Investigator Jason Grindstaff with the Montgomery County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office found that Ganung not only took pictures and filmed her daughters, but she had actually sent the images to another adult male.

The plea was the result of of the great work by the investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Conroe Police Department, and Children’s Safe Harbor.

Ganung would have been facing life in prison had she not accepted the plea agreement. When Ganung’s sentence expires in 2056 she will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

Mary Nan Huffman, Chief ICAC Prosecutor: “Ganung was the vehicle by which these girls arrived on this earth, but she is no mother. There is nothing we value more in Montgomery County than our children, and I happy to say that both girls, now removed from that horrible situation, are doing great.”

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Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men teacher Rebecca Ryan is among 12 recipients from across the state to receive the 2015 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award.

 

The award is among several bestowed annually by Humanities Texas — a National Endowment for the Humanities affiliate — to encourage excellence in teaching and recognize Texas classroom teachers who have made exemplary contributions in teaching, curriculum development and extracurricular programming.

 

More than 450 teachers across the state were nominated for the 2015 awards.

 

Ryan, who teaches contemporary world cultures to sixth-graders, was presented with the honor on Tuesday, along with a $5,000 cash award and an additional $500 to be used by the school for instructional materials.

 

“How I teach my class engages students. They never have to ask, ‘Why are we learning this?’” said Ryan, who started at the school in 2011. “The young men in my classroom know the importance of each project, and because they feel connected to the subject matter, these sixth graders value the education and take personal pride in global responsibility.”

 

Ryan utilizes project-based learning to encourage students to connect classroom knowledge to events in the real world. Ryan also sponsors the school’s World Food Club that provides students with opportunities to experience foreign cultures and cuisines.

 

Additionally, she has led her students in various extracurricular activities, including the “Be an Upstander: Genocide Prevention Project,” the Holocaust Museum-Houston’s “Butterfly Project,” and a class community service trip to Costa Rica.

 

“Throughout her time here, Ms. Ryan has offered nothing short of excellence in the instruction she provides to students,” said Leland Principal Dameion Crook. “Her warm and engaging personality helps her students feel comfortable and safe in their learning environment.”