CCISD Board Member Receives University of Houston – Clear Lake Honor

CCISD Board Member Receives University of Houston – Clear Lake Honor
Posted on 10/23/2014
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October 23, 2014

CCISD Board Member Receives University of Houston – Clear Lake Honor

Each year, the University of Houston – Clear Lake celebrates the achievements of alumni and honors faculty during the Alumni Celebration. At the 2014 celebration held on October 18 at Space Center Houston, Clear Creek ISD Board Trustee, Ann Hammond, was presented with the Marilyn S. Sims Leadership Service Award.

Established in 2004 and renamed in 2014, the Marilyn S. Sims Leadership Service Award is presented to an alumnus/a whose exceptional contributions to the University of Houston – Clear Lake (UHCL) and its community strengthens and supports the values and the mission of the institution.

CCISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith introduced Ms. Hammond to attendees of the celebration. “If there is a cause or organization that aims to remove negative barriers or gives children and their families a shot at a better life, you can bet Ann Hammond’s name and all her might are behind it,” said Dr. Smith.

While Ann Hammond’s business degree from UHCL equipped her for her long career with NASA, her passion to help others strengthened the community and included volunteer work with organizations such as Bay Area Turning Point, Clear Creek ISD, Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families, the Assistance League of the Bay Area, Communities in Schools and many others. Ms. Hammond’s volunteer work is molded around important issues in the lives of today’s youth and recognition for that commitment included the Bay Area Alliance’s Community Champion Award, Bay Area Alliance’s Volunteer of the Year Award, Texas PTA Extended Service Award and National PTA Life Achievement Award. Since her graduation from UHCL and through her role as a Clear Creek ISD Trustee, she has continued to support the university including promoting and championing support for the university’s four-year initiative, the opening of the Professional Development Laboratory School at McWhirter Elementary School, and many other programs that enhance the student experience at UHCL.
When presented with the award, Ms. Hammond challenged those in attendance to mentor a young person who may not have the means or confidence to know they have the potential to do more. “We now have a four-year university here at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, and I am betting that every one of us knows someone with untapped potential who, with just a bit of encouragement and guidance, would do well here as a student,” said Ms. Hammond. “Find that person, and help them find their success -- and perhaps one day they’ll be standing here accepting their own award!”
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