Hippo Nation Human Capital Courant

Serve. Lead. Empower.

Volume XX

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Mission Statement:

Hippo Nation inspires excellence in academics, character, and community!

Vision Statement:

Hutto ISD aspires to be the premier choice in education through innovation, leadership, and diversity.

Community Education is looking for people like YOU!

Community Education is seeking to hire Hutto ISD staff that would like to be hired on as a contractor with Community Education for the winter break OR spring break.

This winter Hutto ISD Community Education will be hosting mini-camps at KES. Dates for mini-camps are Dec.21-Dec23 and Dec 28.-30.

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Thank you SO much to this amazing TEAM! Our warehouse, deliveries and grounds are awesome here in #HippoNation because of you!

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Thank you for all you do and congratulations on your Department Spotlight; We appreciate you more than words can share!

Welcome to our new hires! We're so honored to have you; Thank you for being in #HipponNation!

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Director of Human Capital

What does this position do for Hippo Nation? Serve. Lead. Empower.

Extension 1077 in Hippo Nation connects you directly to me!

- Dr. Almquist (@servingkids)

Here is my bio!

*Your passion, attitude, and touch change eternity.*

What is "Human Capital?"

Human Capital is the people of Hippo Nation and all that each of you bring to enhance the work within this district. According to the Oxford Dictionary it is "the skills, knowledge, and experience possessed by an individual or population, viewed in terms of their value or cost to an organization or country."

What is a "Courant?"

The word courant is an older word which means newspaper! This is our 2020 courant!

Courant also means running according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Hippos run. We run to ensure that our students are getting the very best that they deserve and need. We run to ensure that the spirit of the River Horse never dies. If you didn't know, River Horse means Hippo; It is the literal English translation of the Greek word Hippopotamus!

Our Courant will be composed of topics that relate to career pathways, growing us as individuals, and other topics that relate to the human capital component of our work.

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Sign Up today with TAMU Texarkana

Spaces are available for Spring 2020 classes. Classes are online, some with 4-8 zoom meetings over the semester for face-to-face interaction with peers and instructors with successful experience in the field.

We are a proud part of the A&M System with a history of preparing professional educators for 100 years! As one of the smaller system schools, A&M-Texarkana offers affordable A&M quality with close support of dedicated and experienced faculty allowing our graduates reach to higher career goals in education. At A&M-Texarkana, Graduate Eagles Lead, #GradEaglesLead!

My colleagues and I appreciate all you are doing to keep our education system going during tough times. Don’t hesitate to reach out (sara.lawrence@tamut.edu) if we can be of assistance.

Regards, Dr. Sara Lawrence

Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education


UMHB Graduate School - Doctor of Education


The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is proud to offer a Doctor of Education degree, emphasizing educational leadership at the P-12 level. Our Ed.D. program is delivered in a 54-hour nontraditional calendar format to enable currently employed, educational leaders and practitioners from across the state of Texas to pursue a doctoral degree.

Below, you will find information about our Ed.D. program with links to the UMHB website, video, and to request information. Our goal is to provide you the best experience from the moment you inquire until you graduate. If you are not, currently, searching for a doctoral program, feel free to share this information with anyone that may be interested. Please do not hesitate to respond and let us know how we can best assist you in learning about the our programs.

"The friendships that you build and the connections that you make are priceless. You can't find that anywhere else."

- Former UMHB Ed.D. Student

Face-to-Face Instruction

UMHB is dedicated to providing a memorable and intentional experience in the classroom through in-person instruction.

Summer Travel Institutes
Each summer semester includes a travel component that provides learning about education law at the state, national, and international level.

Cohort Model
This model enhances the success of adult learners due to a consistent structure that offers a stable and supportive group.

Embedded Dissertation

UMHB has created a pathway for students to complete coursework and their dissertation at the same time.

Non-Traditional Calendar

UMHB is dedicated to providing a memorable and intentional experience in the classroom through in-person instruction.

Request Info Here: https://go.umhb.edu/jot?id=91476753992170

For more information regarding the doctoral program, you can fill out the information request above, or contact our program at LEAD@umhb.edu.

Grand Canyon University

We are very excited to announce that the following scholarships are now available for the month of December. IMPORTANT NOTE: The following scholarship offerings are valid for students starting on or before December 17, 2020 with the exception of the College of Education their scholarship is valid for the whole month of December.

Please review the following details carefully as the offerings are different from our usual December offerings. PDFs of the start dates & Memorandum of Understanding for the scholarships listed below are attached. Refer someone to attend Grand Canyon University at: http://www.gcu.edu/c/claudia.barros

December Scholarships:

  • December start dates (7 & 14) for new undergraduate programs will receive a 25% tuition scholarship.
  • All December start dates for master’s programs in the College of Education will receive an 18% tuition scholarship.
  • December start dates (10 & 17) for all other Graduate programs will receive a 15% tuition scholarship.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your time and consideration. Have a great day!

Grand Canyon University is committed to supporting you on your educational journey and your opinion is important to us. If at any time you would like to share more about your experience at GCU with my supervisor, Nathan Young, please feel free to contact him at 602.247.4626 or via email at nathan.young@gcu.edu or send to resolutions@gcu.edu.

Claudia Barros, MA Human Dynamics

University Development Counselor


Grand Canyon University

3300 W. Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85017

1-800-800-9776 ext. 2472986 Toll Free

512-380-1135/602-247-2986 Office

877-874-9052 Toll Free Fax


Refer someone to attend Grand Canyon University at: http://www.gcu.edu/c/claudia.barros

Horace Mann Student Loan Solutions Schools Program

Student Loan Solutions Schools Program

Quick-start kit

Announcement email

Subject line: New! Student loan forgiveness and debt management services

We’re excited to announce we have partnered with Horace Mann to bring you Student Loan Solutions — a new program that can help you manage your student loan debt and qualify for federal loan forgiveness.

You have a lot on your plate, and we know how easy it is to push your own financial well-being to the bottom of your priority list. We encourage you to sign up for your account and start exploring this new resource that will help you:

• Calculate your loan forgiveness potential

• Determine your best repayment plan

• Receive ongoing support and guidance

This program is complimentary just for being a Hutto ISD employee.

Loan coaches are available to help you via phone, chat and email, and our local Horace Mann representative, Becky Snow, is here to support you with one-on-one consultations. She can review your unique student loan situation, help you find ways to save money, and direct those savings toward your other life goals to help you get on a path toward a brighter financial future. Feel free to reach out to her at 512-846-9021 or becky.snow2@horacemann.com.

We hope you will take full advantage of this valuable new resource for district employees!

Learn more and get started by visiting https://www.horacemann.com/student-loan-debt-help/signup/huttoisd

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