Hippo Nation Human Capital Courant

Serve. Lead. Empower.

Volume XVIII

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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.

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Season of Thanksgiving

October has come and gone (how did that happen?) and it's already November. This is the time of year when Texas weather can't decide what season it likes best. More importantly, it's also the time of year where we turn our hearts towards all that we're thankful for. I admit, for many of us, there doesn't seem to be much in this year of 2020. It's been a long, hard year for many of us. But one of the things on my list is all of you. The friendships, relationships, partnerships and work family I've made and relationships I've built with so many of you are some of my favorite things. Which ever position and/or role you serve, please know we are thankful for you and the opportunities you provide our students to learn and grow. Without you our students suffer. The work we do is not a job, it's a mission to serve all students and to create a district where they best flourish and grow. It's an honor and joy as well as a humble privilege. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do, each and every day. What you do every day may be behind the scenes, not in a spotlight, or possibly not ever talked about, but it truly matters. What you do does matters and I thank you.

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Thank you to Coach Bradley LaPlante and his Coaching Team/Department; The late nights and long days are noticed and appreciated.

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

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Our new-to-education teachers are in the experience of a life time, please ensure to stop and let them know they're amazing! We're honored to have you!

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Elisabeth Reyna Thomison from HNES just graduated with her Masters; Way to go!!! We're SO proud of and excited for you! Guess what she got herself as her graduation gift?! Isn't that horse a beauty!

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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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HMS Family: "This is why I love my job and take pride of what I do🙏." - Veronica Casarez

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Be The Change - Inspirational Video