Local elementary named Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Department of Education


MCALLEN, Texas – Some exciting news coming from the McAllen ISD. One of their schools has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Sam Houston Elementary was nominated as an exemplary high performing school back in January of this year. The announcement being made by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Only 26 schools in Texas were nominated for the prestigious award. School board president Marco Suarez comparing the achievement to winning the Super Bowl or World Series.

Debra Thomas, principal, “I have teachers who have such a strong drive and determination to make sure that each and every one of our students succeed. I have teachers that work tirelessly for hours on end to ensure they are planned, prepared and determined to bring the best education for our students.”

Principal Thomas adding the Blue Ribbon designation is a lifetime achievement for educators. It exemplifies all education standards showing Sam Houston Elementary is among the nation’s best.

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