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Langham campus, staff excellence celebrated; coach Jorge Lopez awarded

NEDERLAND — The Nederland Independent School District is being recognized across all levels of academics from principals and teachers to campuses and coaches.

Langham Elementary leads the pack after being nominated for the 2020 National Blue Ribbon School honor, joining only 25 other schools statewide.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on academic excellence in closing achievements gaps among student subgroups.

Superintendent Dr. Robin Perez said she is proud of the facility, students and staff at Langham for being recognized.

“This campus has a longstanding reputation of being high-performing, and we are honored that this has been recognized with this nomination,” she said.

Assistant Superintendent Stuart Kieschnick congratulated the Langham Elementary teacher and staff Wednesday for their recognition as a Blue Ribbon School during an award ceremony in the school’s cafeteria. (Cassandra Jenkins/The News)

Langham Elementary received the nomination based on its student performance on the first administration of the previous year’s STAAR assessments.

Each nominated school has an economically disadvantage population of 25 percent or more.

Toby Latiolais, who started as principal of Langham in 2019, said the Blue Ribbon Nomination is a great honor.

“Having exclusive distinction is a testament to the hard work put forth by our staff and students,” he said. “Everyone in the Langham school community played a role in achieving this. We are committed to continuing this level of success for many years to come.”

Alongside Latiolais, Langham Assistant Principal Carol Evans received recognition by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association as the 2020 Assistant Principal of the Year for Region V.

“This honor is something I never could have imagined,” Evans said. “I have been in education for 18 years and couldn’t think of a better job. I attended Langham Elementary as a child and to be able to serve the children of this community is rewarding in so many ways.”

Langham Elementary Principal Toby Latiolais, left, presented Assistant Principal Carol Evans, right, with a bouquet of flowers during Wednesday’s award ceremony. (Cassandra Jenkins/The News)

The Southeast Texas Coaches Association also recognized Jorge Lopez as the Boys 2019 Tennis Coach of the Year.

Lopez has been the tennis coach at Nederland High School for 30 years.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Stuart Kieschnick said the wide-ranging recognitions reflect on the district’s desire to be excellent in academics and sports.

“Langham being nominated for a blue ribbon school is amazing,” he said. “Mrs. Evans is also entirely deserving of her honor. Lopez is known for his ability throughout the state and is known for producing winners. Those recognitions come from hard work. We strive to be the best, and this is a by-product of that hard work.”