The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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August 2, 2013

EISD principal Herring named president of TEPSA

PALESTINE — Elkhart Independent School District officials have announced that Elkhart Elementary School Principal Tana Herring will serve as 2013-14 District 7 President for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).

New officers from the 20 TEPSA districts across the state were installed at the association’s July Leadership Conference.

“Professional engagement is the hallmark of an instructional leader and we look forward to Tana’s contributions to the association during the upcoming year,” TEPSA Executive Director Sandi Borden said. “District officers provide a vital connection to the 5,800 local district members who direct the activities of more than 2.5 million PreK-8 school children.”

Since its establishment in 1917, TEPSA has encouraged educational leaders to learn with and from each other as they meet the needs of their communities. Herring has consistently met that standard throughout her for 27 years of exceptional service as a classroom teacher and campus administrator.

“This award comes as no surprise and echoes the  sentiments of local supporters who recently voted Mrs. Herring the 2013 Herald-Press Reader’s Choice for Best Principal of Anderson County,” Elkhart ISD Superintendent Dr. Ray DeSpain said. “She does a great job for our district. The students and teachers love her energy and enthusiasm.

“She’s such a good sport, she let the kids tape her to the gym wall as a reward for good academic results,” he added. “It’s no wonder they consider her a superstar.

“TEPSA will definitely benefit from Tana’s professionalism and dedication. EISD is proud to have her leading our elementary campus.”

Ruth Henry 80th Birthday

Ruth Henry celebrated her 80th birthday on May 25 at a party hosted by her children — Beverly Henry Wheeler (Samuel) of Frisco, Peaches Henry of Waco and Gerald Lane.

Among the guests were her sister, Maxine Rogers; grandsons, Rashid Lane and Corey Henry; cousins, Charles Bass, Patrice Johnson and Beverly Johnson of Katy; nieces and nephews, Plez and Valerie Cook, Bo and Rose Forston, Calvin and Carol Deyon, Jennifer Mims, Rodney Mims and Cynthia Deyon; and a host of other relatives and friends including Ruby “Boy” Carter, Elder Larry Jones, Betty Beleaw, Fay Turner, Mattie Smith, Lisa Crenshaw, Effie Sue Denman, Lisa and Anthony Leonard, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Clay and Lucille Johnson.

Mrs. Henry was surprised by her brother Marcus Gross who traveled from Gulfport, Miss. with his daughter, Jean Hinton.

Berryhill Family Reunion

The Berryhill Family Reunion will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11 at the LaRue Civic Center in LaRue. Lunch will be served at noon.

For more information call Thelma Gonzales at 903-787-8667.

Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at

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