LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Olivia Benford

Position: Parental Engagement Director
School: Pharr-San Juan-Alamo I.S.D.
School District: Pharr-San Juan-Alamo I.S.D.
City, State: Pharr , TX

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Olivia Benford was nominated by a colleague, Norma Garza

Four years ago, Olivia Benford, P.S.J.A. Parental Director started a parental engagement program in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo I.S.D. This program has really grown in the last three years.  The model she implemented has significantly increased the number of parents engaged in their child's education.  The mission of the program is to develop powerful, strong relationships with families, schools, and community partners.  She strengthens schools, improves student achievement, and increases opportunities for families.  

Mrs. Benford supervises a total of eight parent centers in neighborhood communities.  Old elementary schools are "Literacy Centers."  She works with community partners who either have grants or provide certified teachers at a low cost. South Texas Community College and Region One provide certified teachers who teach English as a Second Language or G.E.D. curriculum. The district provides parents with free education, regardless of home language or status. Mrs. Benford doesn't only help parents; she helps students, too. Parents learn English to help their children with homework. They also learn to be role models for their children.  Currently, P.S.J.A. has over 5,000 parents who are attending literacy courses.  Parents who enroll in literacy courses can also join "entrepreneurship" courses, which consist of cake decorating, knitting, sewing, computers, zumba, cosmetology, nails, employability skills, nutrition, etc.   Instructors for these courses are volunteer parents who have expertise in these areas.  

Mrs. Benford empowers parents to teach classes and serve as role models for their children and community. The district gives parents the literacy classes. In turn, they volunteer for the program. Additionally, parents have to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours at their child's designated campus to give them a glimpse of what their child's campus is all about.  Furthermore, Mrs. Benford offers parents presentations at their parent centers.  In collaboration with the University of Texas, parents take diabetes courses.  With Texas A/M Agricultural Center, they take courses nutrition topics and food handling.  Other topics presented to parents are asthma, income tax, dual language program, college readiness, state assessment, etc.  

Mrs. Benford makes a strong impact in her community because of all the opportunities she provides to parents.  Pharr-San Juan-Alamo I.S.D. has student and parent campuses, which is such a unique idea.  Her leadership and professional level are recognized locally and nationally, and her commitment to the parent program is evident.  This year alone, there were 75 volunteer instructors.  The program also had 19 parents who received their G.E.D. through the program.  Now, the district has partnered with South Texas Community College.  

Mrs. Benford's ability to make contributions to her community is evident in other programs she drives.  She spearheads the "Million Father March," "National Parental Engagement Day," "Mesa Comunitaria," and "Volunteer Recognitions" in her community. She has exemplified what it means to be an educator with an idea that many want to replicate because it gives the community a sense of being "engaged" and a great sense of pride. The parents are learning and helping their children on a daily basis!

Under her leadership, school campuses have parent educators who are expected to bring in parents for meetings and/or to volunteer their time.  Over 15,000 parents attended meetings this year.  In the eight parent centers, more than 5,000 parents are enrolled.  Volunteer hours for both campuses and parent centers exceed over 100,000 volunteer hours.  "Our district is building a community of learners," Garza said.  "Mrs. Benford is to be commended!

Olivia Benford In The News:
Fueron nominados 8 educadores al premio LifeChanger of the Year
Eight PSJA ISD leaders nominated as LifeChangers of the Year  
PSJA’s Benford named finalist for LifeChanger of the Year 
PSJA ISD educator selected as a National ‘LifeChanger of the Year’ Finalist



Comments (368)


Tessie Matlock-2017/18 Life Changer Nominee Posted 8 months ago

Congratulations! Keep up the good work.

Sharon Snowton Posted 9 months ago

Mrs. Benford, You do not know me. I too am an educator. I like to read a Life Changer of the Year stories. Congratulations! Keep on doing what you are doing. You are a great help for all the families you touch. Be blessed!

James Moore Posted 10 months ago

Olivia Benford has long served as a role model of what can be accomplished within our communities and our families. Her entire career has been dedicated to making a difference through education and leading by example. She is tireless and determined, intelligent and committed, and if every community in Texas had a few Olivia Benford's, we'd have very little to worry about with regards to the future. She is living proof that one person can make an incalculable difference.

Yolanda G. Estrada Posted 10 months ago

Our district has a great leader and together we have come a long way. Mrs. Benford has shown her team that all things are possible for those who believe. We have prospered with such great enthusiasm. She sees all her educators as professionals and nothing less. We know that our leaders make a great impact on our daily walk in life. I believe that Mrs. Benford has touched many lives and her legacy will continue with all the engery she has poured out to train and model to us all. I am delighted to nominate her.

Isabel Delgado Posted 10 months ago

I enjoy going to the classes because people are positive at my center. The teachers are friendly and patient with us all. I am receiving the education and look forward to attending. The centers show the community how to prosper and gain new skills.

Aurelio Morin Posted 10 months ago

Thank you for the centers and the effort of bringing them to us all. The community and all our neighbors benefit from them as well. I am learning English and fell great every day.

Zaira Posted 10 months ago

Yo pienso que se permanescan los centros en todo el disrito porque me beneficio de la zumba y ingles. Estoy apprendiendo y estoy en major salud. Estoy muy orgullosa de todo lo que estoy apprendiendo. Me encanta el convivio y aprendo much de cada de ellas.

Linda Uriegas Posted 10 months ago

The parent centers are excellent ways of having parents with fellowship, learning, and helping not only our campus but also our community as well. The ones that benefit the most are the Students. Excellent centers.

Lizeth Garcia Villarreal Posted 10 months ago

Yo me gusta ir porque estoy aprendiendo ingles y el ambiente es muy positive. Las manualidades que nos ensennan estan excelentes.

adriana cordova Posted 10 months ago

mi opinion del centro de padres me beneficia muchisimo para las clases de ingles y mejorando en el idioma igual que la zumba y manualidades. Si puedo ayudar a mis hijos con sus tareas es muy especial. Me encanta el convivio.

yolanda snell Posted 10 months ago

nos beneficia en las clases de ingles en manualidades. Es una ayuda excelente. Abriendo negocios y aprendiendo a sobresalir.

elida gonzalez Posted 10 months ago

Ambiento muy positive. Aprendiendo ingles y conviviendo much gozo.

Juana Claudia Gonzalez Posted 10 months ago

Mrs. Bendford, Is a good person, her loyalty and character sets her aside from the rest of us not only because she is the Director of the Parental Engagement Program, and our Supervisor, but because of her strive and commitment to the Program, Parents, Community and to her Staff., has made her stand out from the rest of the world. Her self awareness and integrity between her thoughts and actions has made of this program the total success., She makes sure we meet our own goal, and the district's goals as well. Mrs. Bendford has transformed our lives to become the future leaders of our community, She comes with an open mind to allow us to understand her actions to better serve our students and our community with respect and gratitude towards each other. Her ambitious goals has given us the opportunity to learn and grow beside her. I want to take this opportunity not only to tell you how an amazing person she is. She has made an impact in my life , so for that and many more I want to say to her THANK YOU Mrs. Bendford for this amazing journey that you brought us into, and for believing in ourselfs' and knowing that we can accomplish anything we set our minds to do. Thank you again Mrs Bendford for changing my life!!!!

Enedelia Montemayor Posted 10 months ago

I have worked with Mrs. Benford in the parental department when she came in she showed what the true meaning of Parental Involvement is. I admire her because she is a very giving person and she is always ready to help people in need. She has always treated us parent educators as professional people. She has taught me to be a strong person when you are down she tells you to pick yourself back up that things will get better. It is an honor to know that she has been nominated as a LifeChanger because she truly is. God Bless her because she is an exceptional woman.

Claudia Cavazos Posted 10 months ago

I have little time to meet Mrs. Benford, I am fortunate to belong to her work team, she is someone with a great career in community support programs, I admire her great effort to integrate the parents of our district in the education of their children, and seek to overcome them

Guadalupe Alvarado Posted 10 months ago

Ms Benford what can say she a very dedicated person that has dedicated her life in making a difference in her community. Awsome person with a big heart.

Belinda Camacho Posted 10 months ago

Mrs. Benford.......what an honor ......CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You are an exceptional woman and I was honored to work along side of you at Buell Central. This nomination doesn't surprise me one bit. Your are an asset to our district. You are a true leader!!! God bless you now and always!

Norma Garza Posted 11 months ago

As I read all of the comments, I feel so blessed to work alongside Ms. Benford. She has not only changed "lives" she has changed my life. She has taught me to be kind and humble with our community. To give so that others can have a better quality of life. Ms. Benford is the type of person who wants to help others in so many ways. She herself goes out of her way to give presentations on drugs, communication with the family and family crisis topics. She has worked at a district and county level so she brings expertise to the department. In one of our community events, we had over 1,000 parents. Yes, she had goodies for everyone. She is very giving. In addition, she allows others to share ideas and input for community and school meetings. Reading all of our parent comments makes me so happy to part of our program. My father did not have an education and he loved helping people. This program is the right fit for me and for our amazing district. "Life Changer" - she truly is...

Ramona Casas Posted 11 months ago

Mrs. Benford has work so hard to help parents get classes and help us get envolved thru parent educators

Juany Gomez Posted 11 months ago

Excelente programa que ayuda a los padres a superarse y ayudar a sus hijos

Rubinia Cavazos-Leal Posted 11 months ago

I am a volunteer mom and since I met Mrs. Benford in 2014, I knew that good things were coming for the parents and I was not wrong. Mrs. Benford came to REINVENT the whole Program of Parental Involvement. In just a few months the change was notorious. hundreds of parents interested in learning and improving; taking classes from the many that they offered such as GED, ESL, Computing, Entrepreneur classes and more. She completely transformed the mission of Parent Educators as well as the role of Parent Volunteers. Mrs. Benford's vision is to be constantly lookimg for opportunities and partnerships to improve the quality of life of the families that belong of PSJA ISD as well as the community. Thank you Mrs. Benford for all your great work, God bless you always.

Flor Esthela Rostro Posted 11 months ago

For my family and I, this program is great! I belong to a school program that shows me how to read and write English. I even learned how to do my income tax with the help of resource programs in our community. This is what we needed long time ago.

Julio Aguilar Posted 11 months ago

As a parent, I find the free time to learn a diversity of subjects which include English, GED, Mathematics, etc. Through the program our school district offers with Ms. Benford at the forefront, I am able to maximize my abilities. You feel a comfortable environment where they allow you to be "yourself". Where teachers do the best for us. They make us feel so sure of ourselves.

Hermelinda Sanchez Posted 11 months ago

I am very happy in assisting classes in English and GED. I love to learn and I appreciate what teachers do. I am lucky to be part of this program.

Martin Garza Posted 11 months ago

I'm a parent volunteer in three differrent levels elementary, middle school, and high school for the past 6 years. When I met Mrs. Benford, the parental department started being more motivational for parents. Mrs. Benford brings confidence, and desire to work harder and for that reason she all my support.

Gisela Ibarra Posted 11 months ago

The program is excellent. All courses are beneficial. The English classes are very good and the teachers are very dedicated. Mrs. Benford offers programs that we can learn from. These classes work.

Belgica Cortez Posted 11 months ago

I attended orientation and assessment session and I felt so welcomed. Our program director, Ms. Benford always finds ways to help us. The orientation was well explained and dedicated to parents. Classes are not boring. Thank you!

Giovany Guillen Posted 11 months ago

Personally, the program has helped me tremendously. The teachers are great and they explain well. Great for the community.

Otilia Pedraza Posted 11 months ago

The Parental Engagement Program has changed my perspective. I am now more positive and I am now using the English Language as a form of communication. Thanks, Ms. Benford.

Martha Rodriguez Posted 11 months ago

Very good program...Excellent...It has served my English abilities and Finance knowledge. Our site manager, Ms. Medina is an excellent example. She helps us understand and advices us. I am very happy with Ms. Benford as Director. She wants the best for us. My English has advanced and I practice it at home with my children. Super Happy!

Melissa Rodriguez Posted 11 months ago

I enjoy the environment of the programs offered to us, parents. Olivia Benford is the rock of our program. I have learned so many academic topics that I did not understand. Teachers are certified and are great!

Yadira Pedraza Posted 12 months ago

wonderful program for parents.

Enriqueta hutko Posted 12 months ago

Nice programa en hoy it..love it

BRENDA MORENO Posted 12 months ago

This is a very good program for volunteers and other people to help the community.

Maria Del Carmen Llanas Posted 12 months ago

I'm so grateful for all the things mrs Bendford do for the community

Cynthia Llanas Posted 12 months ago

She is an excellent role modlel, and she leads a great program

Vanessa Aguirre Posted 12 months ago

District Pharr-San Juan-Alamo has a awesome programs which help all of us in learning the value of live. Thank you Parental Engagement Mrs. Benford,Director.

Laura Hernandez Posted 12 months ago

Excellent Thank you PSJA Parental Engagement Mrs. Benford Director

Gregoria Cruz Posted 12 months ago

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo offer lots of awesome classes for us as parents and help our kids as well. Thank you Parental Engagement/Mrs. Benford Director

Alma Delia Cruz Posted 12 months ago

Excellent programs Thank you Mrs. Benford, Director PSJA Parental Engagement

Erika Castillo Posted 12 months ago

Excellent programs Thank you Mrs. Benford

Anakaren Gonzalez Posted 12 months ago

I will like to get my CPR certification to continue my career. Thank you Parental Engagement/Mrs. Benford Director

Marcela Gonzalez` Posted 12 months ago

I believe that it is a great opportunity for those who need the help to complete particular services. The classes should continue these sorts of things. Thank you Parental Eng. Mrs. Benford, Director

Gabriela Escamilla Posted 12 months ago

Excellent program for all our us Parental Engagement has ready give us as parents the ability to learn and also teacher of kids. Thank you

Deyanira S. Cazares Posted 12 months ago

Excellent Program's Thank you PSJA District

Melissa Ramirez Posted 12 months ago

Thanks' to our Pharr-San Juan district of having such wonderful programs. Thank you

magda lorena reyna Posted 12 months ago

Its nice the to have such an amazing classes of all us parents. Benefits all us and our kids. Thank you

Mardys Diaz Posted 12 months ago

This program is very important for us parents because it helps us communicate better with our kids. Thank you for offering classes to help us learn English, for me its very important because these classes are free and I'm not going to take that for granted. Thank you Mrs. Benford for this program and every opportunity that comes with it.

Dennise De La Cruz Posted 12 months ago

Excellent programs

Isabel Del Carmen Hernandez Posted 12 months ago

Excellent Program! PSJA offers

Nancy A. Lozano Posted 12 months ago

First of all I'm very grateful for the Parental Program, its something very important to me. I'm so happy that I now get to communicate better with my family and in my workplace.

Maricela Martinez Posted 12 months ago

This program is a great opportunity for many people that have no way to continue their education. Thank you PSJA for this great opportunity

Karen Monroy Posted 12 months ago

I really enjoy our program. I value it so much. I can continue my studies and extra classes. Thanks.

Monica Perdomo Posted 12 months ago

The English program has helped me reinforce my English. I am also taking entrepreneurship courses. I like the attention to details. Mrs. Benford...thanks!

Nancy Franco Posted 12 months ago

To our leader, Dr. King supt. of schools and our parental director, Mrs. Benford. I am so happy with this program; it has helped us a lot especially with my family. I can help my children with homework and other things. I appreciate it.

Lizbeth Garcia Posted 12 months ago

I believe it is a great program which has benefited all parents from our community. I am so happy and enthusiastic with my courses. Thank you, Mrs. Benford. A great opportunity!

Selano Cortes Posted 12 months ago

La verdad a mi me ha impactado demasiado porque a aprendido mucho en finanzas sobre todo me animo abrir una cuenta de banco. En ingles ya entiendo un poco mas pero la verdad ay que seguir preparandome sobre todo en el ingles.

Angel Mireles Posted 12 months ago

Me parece un programa excelente porque nos permite desarrollarnos para ayudar a nuestras hijos. Una gran oportunidad que se agradece porque crecemos como una comunidad.

Primitivo Garcilazo Lopez Posted 12 months ago

This program has helped me to have better communication with my children. In my place of employment, I now can speak more English and I can communicate with co-workers. Thank you, Mrs. Benford for giving us a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Italia Diaz Posted 12 months ago

I am very happy of being a student here. I am learning English and finance/banking. The truth is the classes have been beneficial to me and the teachers are very good. This is a way of thinking college in the future.

Monica Soto Posted 12 months ago

These courses have been very good for me. I am practicing my English. I am also taking a cake decorating class in the afternoons. Now, I am selling my products. I am very happy for all this help. Mrs. Benford schedules courses when we can attend and she collaborates with organizations to find donations or grants for this program. All we have to do is to take advantage of "opportunities" and she gave it to us.

Raul Ortiz Posted 12 months ago

This program is very important for us. We learn and it is for the betterment for our education. It opens door to our future.

Graciela Alfaro Posted 12 months ago

Thank you, Mrs. Benford. You have given me the great opportunity in balancing my personal goals. You have valued me and now I have a higher self esteem and you have made me feel important in front of my entire family which include my children and grandchildren. I am a proud mom and grandma. With these accomplishments, I am a better person now because of what you have to offer us.

Llelizaroba Gonzalez Posted 12 months ago

P.S.J.A. School District is an excellent program to help our children to progress in the future. I now can get more involved with my family because I have learned English. In my job, I even got a raise for my accomplishments. That is why I am very happy with this program. They are free and they have helped me achieve. Excellent director and service, P.S.J.A. District.

Blanca Flores Posted 12 months ago

Perfect; it helps us be a part of your country. It takes us out of realm. It places us in cohorts of equality amongst our children. And, it shows us that all things are possible if we go for it. Thanks, Olivia Benford...

Roxana Ibarra Posted 12 months ago

They have helped me a lot in that I continue to finish my studies and I am in the financial course. I want to be able to manage my household in a certain way. Thank you for an opportunity so that I can have a better future!

Victoria Reyes Posted 12 months ago

I am grateful with this program. I am seeking my GED and in wanting to help my son who is in high school. I hope this program lasts. I feel good to be a part of it.

Evelia G. Zamora Posted 12 months ago

It is a great program because it challenges me to reach my goals. It is helping lean to speak English thank you for the opportunity. Thanks

Maria Ines Fraire Posted 12 months ago

My comment is about my class and how it is important for me because I can learn English and it will help me in my job. I can talk to others and I can help my son in school and I am so glad with this program. Thanks

Loida Padilla Posted 12 months ago

This program has helped me a lot in my personal life. I can help my children with the homework they bring home. I am learning to speak English. I want to have a better future for me and my family. Thanks to my teacher Sylvia Garza that helps me a lot in the class.

Blanca E. Hernandez Posted 12 months ago

Parental Engagement Center. Region One He has given me the opportunity to learn English so that I can help my son. I take different classes in the parent center that give me the tools to be better in my life.

Paula Hernandez Posted 12 months ago

The program of the parental engagement center is the best program for adults we can study during the morning when my kids are in school. In this class of English I the opportunity to learn and to help my kids with their homework and I have two languages it will be better for me to find a job. I would like to have a business and this program will give me the ability to do it. I am very happy with this program and grateful for the chance to advance.

Erika Renteria Posted 12 months ago

The program of Region One and PSJA has helped me catch up on my English. It has benefited my children too I can now help with their homework. This is a program that is very good easy to understand and very satisfactory.

Alveza Yepez Posted 12 months ago

The program of Region One ESL adult classes have benefited me in receiving English classes and they are helping me understand and communicate with my children and other people. I appreciate the opportunities to come and study in the Parental Engagement center in PSJA. I also go to other classes like cake decorating I really like this class. Thank you Mrs. Benford for the program.

Mary C. Polanco Posted 12 months ago

The English program has helped me with many things. It has made it easier to help my children with their homework. I can now read the letters from school in English. I am now practicing my English at home to that I can speak better. This is very important to that I can get a better job so I can my family.

Felipe de Jesus Barrios Posted 12 months ago

Three years ago when I came to apply for the English classes I was scared because I almost did not know anything. With the help of the teachers I have learned and advanced so much. Thanks to the PSJA program the director the teachers I can speak more fluently. I also like to attend everyday classes thanks to my teacher Mr. Tovar and the advice he gives me I can help my grandchildren with their homework. Thanks for helping the community.

Rebecca Baca Posted 12 months ago

I began the [program 4 months ago. My teacher is Mr. Tovar I really like his class. I have been learning a lot and its helped me and the classes are free.

Angelica Montoyo Posted 12 months ago

Mrs. Benford these classes have helped me a lot thank you.

Martha A. Lopez Posted 12 months ago

Mrs. Benford my vote is for you thank you for the program and the English classes. They are very helpful to me.

Alma Delia Martinez Posted 12 months ago

I vote Mrs. Benford because she started these classes and they have helped me.

Noprma Ramirez Posted 12 months ago

I vote for Mrs. Benford she started this program of English classes and they have helped me. I can help my children with their homework at home. Thank you.

Irma Lopez Posted 12 months ago

I am very grateful with this program for giving me the opportunity to improve myself and to be a better person so that I can help my family. Thank God for this program and the person in charge.

Leo Orozco Posted 12 months ago

I am a student of ESL adult education class with Region One. I have learned English with an excellent teacher in a good class room. I am a volunteer instructor for the sewing class in the Alamo Bowie Center in the Parental Engagement department for adult literacy program too. The program supplies machines and materials for practice as well as a excellent classroom Thank you for trying hard to provide this service.

Maria Ruiz Posted 12 months ago

I like this program it has helped me to learn so much.

Irma Ruiz Posted 12 months ago

Thank you for your support it is a blessing that we have this center to learn English. It motivates us to get ahead. My dream is to learn and to get a good job. I want to communicate with people at work. Thank you Mrs. Benford for all your effort.

Griselda Ramirez Posted 12 months ago

This is my first year in the program and it has helped me a lot to improve my English. I can help my children better in their homework, I would like for this program to always be available for the people. The program is excellent and they have very good teachers.

Maria de Lourdes Abdon Posted 12 months ago

The program has helped me a lot especially on how to read and write in English. Now I know how to speak English. I am very happy with this program. Thank you for this program.

Francisca Perez Posted 12 months ago

I am one of those people who thinks that when an opportunity comes, you have to take advantage of it. This is one of those opportunities. Two years ago they told me about it and about this school for parents. I did not want to leave this opportunity and since then it has changed my life. Now I can help my daughters with their homework tasks and many other things. This year I am taking a GED class so that I can be successful and find a good job. I want to provide economically for my family and I want for my daughters and my husband to be proud of me. Thank you for these programs and all the teachers for taking their time to help us. Thank you O. Benford

Anahi Rivera Posted 12 months ago

Thank you for all the program that are at Bowie Parent center. My favorite is the English class because it has been a great help for me. I can now communicate better with my children.

Rafaela Espinoza Posted 12 months ago

I like this program very much it seems to help so many people I have learned a lot.

Amada Lira Posted 12 months ago

I am a student at Bowie Adult Education Center, I have been going to school for the past 4 years. I have learned to speak English. I can communicate better with people in my GED class. I have polished my banking skills with the banking class. I have volunteered hours as a Belly dancer instructor. This program has brought me so much important changes in my life. It has changed my life forever. Good Luck Mrs. Olivia Benford and Thank you.

Sonia Escamilla Posted 12 months ago

The program of banking and finances has been very interesting to since we started the first day. It has helped me balance my expences. I want to thank PSJA District for providing all the interesting programs and helping the people who need the help.

Lourdes Chiquito Posted 12 months ago

Thank you for this ESL program. This program has helped me in my life because it has helped me with the English language. Before this class I did not understand what people were saying and now I do. I also help my children with their homework. I have learned so much but I still so much more to learn.

Romelia Trevino Posted 12 months ago

It is a very good program I like it very much and I have learned to speak English.

Bertha Alicia Padilla Posted 12 months ago

Gracias por compartir los mas primeros axilios para prebenir un grabe accidente. Ojala todo sea tOmado encuenta. Para el bien estar de nuestra familia y de todo alrededor de nosotros . GRACIAS DIOS LA BENDIGA

Elizabeth Vasquez Posted 12 months ago

Always enjoy this educational classes. Continue the goo work Mrs. Benford!!!!

Jehu Vasquez Posted 12 months ago

Very educational y productive program.

Ma Isabel Garcia Posted 12 months ago

me gustaria que el programa siguiera y fuera mas apoyado. Yo aun quisiera seguir aprendiendo mas com computacion y diferentes mas programas que ofrecen. Muy buen programa.

Maria I Torres Posted 12 months ago

El programa esta muy bien por que los padres nos edicamos mas para ayudar a la educacion de nuestros hijos.

Jose Martinez Posted 12 months ago

grab, meeting very informative. Great department

Adriana E. Yanez Juarez Posted 12 months ago

Es un buen programa que ayuda a los padres a terminar a obtener otra oportunidad de un mejor trabajo. Al hacer el GED, Ingles como un segundo idioma, ademas de poder ayudar a nuestros hijos con sus tareas. Es un programa que debe ser apoyado y que siga funcionando y que cada vez mejore vidas.

Julielta Maldonado Posted 12 months ago

I know many people from my community that have been helped by this program and heard good and positive comments. Thank You for all you've done.

Patricia Castillo Posted 12 months ago

Muy buen programa e participado en uno y logre obtener un certificado. Para obtener un mejor empleo y me a sirvido en mi desarrollo personal y laboral. -Gracias-.... Por preocuparse y ocuparse por nosotros los padres....

Marina Quintero Posted 12 months ago

Estoy agradecida con este programa soy estudiante de este programa de las clases de Ingles. A mi en lo personal me a ayudado mucho y me e superado en lo laboral y personal. Ojala lo sigan apoyando, para que siga progresando la comunidad.

Laura Ortiz Posted 12 months ago

Learning the second language is the most amazing skill a parent can every ask. Thank you Mrs. Benford.

Neyda de la Fuente Posted 12 months ago

Very helpful program.

Alma Luna Posted 12 months ago

Benefits all of us, In my ways! Thank you Mrs. Benford

Paula Garcia Posted over a year ago

I like how this program helps me learn with no cost because we cant always pay for these kind of courses. Thank you Mrs Benford for helping me educate myself when I thought I wouldn't be able to ever better educate myself.

Elizabeth Ramos Posted over a year ago

this program gives the opportunity to improve our learning skills to have better lives and become better providers to our families. This program is a very useful and life changing. Thank you for this opportunity.

Marcos Lumbreras Posted over a year ago

As for me this program has helped me with my educational needs such as social studies, science, and math and as the facility it is well established and staffed with really well educated staff. Also, they are very understanding. Thank you for the program you have provided mrs benford

Mirthala Vazquez Posted over a year ago

I like this program a lot because i have been learning a lot of things that i didn't know and i appreciate this program a lot. Thank you

Leticia Vargas Posted over a year ago

This program has helped me in a lot of ways. I have seen improvement with my studies and I feel as if Im ready for the next step. Thank you Mrs. Benford for getting me where Im at, at the moment.

Elizabeth Macias Posted over a year ago

This program is helpful to adults who didn't get to complete their education and need the help. Thank you Mrs. Benford for this opportunity.

Maria J Valles Posted over a year ago

Thank you Mrs. Benford for the GED program and for the oppurtunity to continue with my education, and to have a better life. The support from my family and giving us free classes and also to be able to help my daughter with her homework.

Annie Navarro Posted over a year ago

Since Mrs. Olivia Benford came into our department as Director we hear so many testimonies of how our program has change so many lives. Mrs. Benford will never say no to any challenge that is presented to her if it benefits the education of parents and students. She meets with so many community leaders, leaders from other districts from within the state of Texas and from other states, that want to know about our Parental Engagement Program. Thanks to Mrs. Olivia Benford and her hard work, the PSJA ISD Parental Engagement Program has changed many lives.

Martha Garza Posted over a year ago

Excellent program. Thank you for the opportunity. Proud to be a parent volunteer and student.

Antonio Salazar Posted over a year ago

I have been with Region One Educational Center and South Texas College for years. I am really close in obtaining my GED. I am part of the group who is part of the GED Review. I am also in the citizenship course with Mr. Salazar. So proud that under this program, I was able to get my Security Guard Certification. I am taking part in every course I can. Thank you, Mrs. Benford.

Leonorilda Mendoza Posted over a year ago

Realistically, it has been an honor to be part of this program. It has helped me academically, physically and mentally because at my age I have realize that there is no limit. Now more than ever, I want to obtain my GED and learn finance and banking. I know that by being a part of this program it will help me make better decisions. I really want to thank STC, our collaborative partner. They give us the teachers, the curriculum and they motivate us always. And, of course, I can not leave Mrs. Benford out...She is paving our way to our future.

Eloina Vera Posted over a year ago

Excellent!!!! I am a full-time stay home mom; it has helped me because now I do not just do house chores. I take part in learning, taking exams and completing assignments. I am motivated by my children who are students in this district. Reading the essay gives me joy to recognize a great person, leader, advocate....our rock....Mrs. Benford....

Mireida Rios Posted over a year ago

The GED Class has helped me continue my studies. Now, I have a better job. I also like the banking/finance course. Business has been a topic of interest for me. I want to open a business and thanks to who? Non other than Olivia Benford, our leader.

Xochitl Camarillo Posted over a year ago

I am very happy with Mrs. Benford and her leadership. She allows us to participate in multiple programs in our district. She offers campus programs and neighborhood programs. I am learning...I love it!

Beatriz Flores Posted over a year ago

When Mrs. Benford started to open classes for parents in our district, I had no idea what impact it would do for myself and my family. I have now realized that it is helping me help my daughter with homework assignments and in resolving issues. Now, she sees me as a role model who has no excuses in learning. We have the multiple opportunities to succeed and we are taking every one of them.

Maria Cedillo Posted over a year ago

In summary, this program intellectually and socially brings out the best of all of us. It is an honor to be part of a team under Mrs. Benford's leadership. She instills pride in all of us.

Sandra Vallejo Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Benford has given me the awesome opportunity to finish high school as an adult. Now, I am looking forward to completing my goals. Thank you so much!

Maria Ramirez Posted over a year ago

It is very important that the learning to better myself continues. I want to obtain a good job and help my children. Mrs. Benford opened the doors for all of us. She has worked for our district for many years in different roles. When she took this one, she became our leader, our rock.

Juanita Rodriguez Posted over a year ago

For me, it helps me tremendously because I am a good example for others. The attention, detail and cost the district invests is totally worth it. In fact, now people from other states want to replicate the program. Thank you, Mrs. Benford for all your effort and attention.

Mziyia Hernandez Posted over a year ago

On a personal note, the GED class help me with my academic goals and to continue my education. My long term goals is to obtain a bachelor's degree. Under Mrs. Benford, we are motivated to reach our dreams and make them a reality. She does not discriminate and fully supports us. Also, the finance course has helped me budget my money. Mrs. Benford is constantly opening up courses for us. We love the classes and we love her!

Telma Cano Posted over a year ago

Excellent essay!! Now, I can help my daughter with homework and I can understand her when she speaks to me in English. The teachers are all certified and great. Dr. King and Mrs. Benford...thank you for this brilliant idea...Parents learning while their children learn...

Daniel Sanchez Posted over a year ago

For me, program has helped me grow and learn. Mrs. Benford is helping us reach our goals. We really enjoy all the district does for us.

Diana Sauceda Posted over a year ago

It is a motivation for me as a mom since these courses have been for me what I really needed. At home, I was the only one staying behind with may academics. My husband works and he studies at South Texas Community College. He always would tell me that I had to better my self just like my children. All of them get excellent grades and certificates. When I saw my husband graduate from college is when I looked for programs for me. If I never took the opportunity when I was young, why not now. Then, I heard about Director Benford and the programs she opened for us, parents. I am so happy that I am doing something for me.

Paula Garcia Posted over a year ago

I like how this program helps me learn with no cost because we cant always pay for these kind of courses. Its helping me help and talk to my grandchildren. Thank you to psja and mrs benford for this great opportunity.

Maria Isabel Velasquez Posted over a year ago

This class has helped me a lot. I think that helping adults and giving this opportunity to us is very important. This is my third year in this program. In reality this year I feel has been a productive year. I can see that I have advanced. Congratulations for this program.

Fernandeo Paz Posted over a year ago

This educational program has been of great use for me I can communicate with my daughter. I do not know why I waited so long to take this class. It is in my community and I am thankful. Thank you for these programs.

Maria Esthela Moreno Posted over a year ago

This program has helped me learn and helped my get ahead. Thank you for the opportunity you have given me. Thank you and God bless you.

Lucila f. Guerra Posted over a year ago

First of all I am very thankful for allowing me to be in this program so that I can learn English. This program has helped me communicate better with other people but especially my grandchildren. They speak English and I am very grateful for this opportunity.

Aurelia Garcia Posted over a year ago

This program has English classes that have helped me to improve myself. I has helped me at work and my hope is to keep improving. These programs are so good, thank you.

Maria E. Lopez Posted over a year ago

I appreciate this program because it motivates me to be better. It is never to late to learn.

Cynthia G. Alvarez Posted over a year ago

This is an excellent program for adults. This program has helped me how to communicate with other people and this is a big project for me and my family.

J. Guadalupe Tristan Posted over a year ago

I enjoy taking this English class. I can read and learn more.

Adela O. Sifuentes Posted over a year ago

Thank you for having this program because of this program I have a better life. Before this class I did not understand the English language. I know I still have a lot more things to learn but if this program continues I know I will be able to learn how to speak it like my teacher.

Maria E. Chavez Posted over a year ago

Thank you for this program it has changed my life. I am learning English and every day I learn a little more. It helps me for my job and I would like to thank the teachers for supporting us.

Sandra Guzman Posted over a year ago

I am in the sewing class. We have a very patient teacher. He explains everything very slow for us. I have learned so much from him and I have benefited from what I have learned. These courses are a great help for our community.

Mary C. Polanco Posted over a year ago

I am in a sewing class with this program. This class has helped me to better at doing alterations for my family. I am able to hem my children's uniforms and the clothes that I use to go to college.

Lidia Hernandez Posted over a year ago

I want to learn how to manage my finances. I do not to use credit cards because the have high interest rates.

Martha P. Uresti Posted over a year ago

I am very grateful with program for giving me the opportunity to improve myself and to be a better person so that I may be able to help my children in their tasks.

Olivia Velasco Posted over a year ago

I am very grateful with the PSJA district program because it allows me to study English and it has helped me to help my daughter with the tasks at school and the other classes. I have learned a lot and I thank PSJA for having these program for us.

Maria Colunga Posted over a year ago

I am so grateful because I attend the ESL classes for parents. It is very important to me because I need to learn how to speak English right and how to communicate with others. Thank You

Ana Salas Posted over a year ago

The program is more than my expectations. I have learned a lot from my teacher. She teaches us every day more and corrects our mistakes. This is very good program and I like that it understands our level of English.

Cecilia Bocanegra Posted over a year ago

I am grateful for this program because I have learned many things. Thank you for the support you give us all.

Cristhian Olguin Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Benford is a beneficial member to our community! The district thinks about parents and improving quality of life, the programs offered at the district are great because those programs give the information and resources that the community needs; it opens opportunities to parents to learn a lot in their classes which also could help them obtain a job. This district supports parents tremendously! also it helps our children to do better in school because if the children can see their parents attending school they will excel in the academic programs offered in PSJA. . Thanks for providing all the benefits with this programs and all the support.

Gloria Medina Posted over a year ago

I do not even know where to start. I am a parent of the P.S.J.A. School District. Five years ago, our district did not have many activities for parents. Then, Mrs. Benford becomes director and the windows of hope and opportunities opened right before our eyes. She makes us feel valuable and she engages us through literacy centers in our school district. I am now on my way to obtaining my GED and I will be signing up for college. What a great idea! Our district providing free courses at no cost with certified instructors. My family is so proud of me; they are in awe with my progress and with how I have changed in terms of happiness. I really like that Mrs. Benford includes us in everything. She is there for us. She is our advocate...our voice in the school district. She makes leaders and she is supported by Dr. Daniel King, our hardworking supt. I admire Ms. Benford greatly; I hope she wins an award; she deserves it!

Jeses flores Posted over a year ago

good person good oppurtuniets

Leonial Murtada Posted over a year ago

Thank you for all the help

Marie Carillo Posted over a year ago

good person

Yadira Martinez Posted over a year ago

good person thank you for everything

Griselda Quintero Posted over a year ago

Excellent Person

Sintique Malacara Posted over a year ago

good oppurtunities for the Comunity

Hector Garza Posted over a year ago

PSJA ISd gave us opportunitie for the future

Sheryna Espino Posted over a year ago

Good Opportunity for the parents

Natalie Flores Posted over a year ago

Thanks to Mrs Benferd the program help us alot

Martha Fernandez Posted over a year ago

The Program Give me opportunities to learn English

Sonia Escamilla Posted over a year ago

This class of banking and finances is very interesting. I have enjoy it since the first day. It has helped me to balance my expenses so that my baking is right. I want to thank PSJA district for providing all these interesting programs and helping the people who need it.

Lucila Noriega Posted over a year ago

the program gives me opportunities to help me financially and how to help my family. thank you

David Noriega Posted over a year ago

This program benefits everyone that did not get a chance to go to school or had to drop out because they get to expand there mind and better ourselves.

Pedro Perez Posted over a year ago

With this program we are able to help our families and without this program we don't have the opportunists that we have. I am very grateful for the program

Raymundo Galindo Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Benfords program is a very important foundation for daily life and at home that we can help our children in with homework which is why we appreciate your down to help us at all times thank you

Alondra Guerra Posted over a year ago

The program helps me in learning English to help my children with their homework and get better jobs and have two languages to speak.

Santos Gabriela Cepeda Morales Posted over a year ago

I love this program Mrs Benford has provided and I am very proud to be taken into account because they help us so much all of their classes because they help us for education and help in the home and our children in daily life and for a future. And get ahead and improve within the community

Nora Mata Posted over a year ago

It is very good that they offer this type of courses for parents because we want to continue to educate and contribute in the community and this helps us to communicate more easily in this country.

Luis Cantu Posted over a year ago

It is important to learn about education in this country, we are very important to develop as workers as parents and to support our children with their studies and finish their studies with success and especially to learn English as A second language. thank you psja

Mireya Melendez Perez Posted over a year ago

Le doy las gracias por los cursos de muy loven interes y asi podemas ayudar a nuestros hijos y admisistrar nuestras entradas de dinero. Gracias al consulado mexicano, as PSJA, al STC

Lucila Noriega Posted over a year ago

Me fasina este progamara por que me a ayudado a tener oportunidad de saber mas y estar al dia en la educacion de mis hijos.

alicia cruz Posted over a year ago

A formado un major departamento desde que llego ella al distrito escolar de PSJA. Espero y siga asi.

Sanjuanita Olvera Posted over a year ago

Ayuda mucho a nosotros lo padres a sobre salir garcias

imelda guadalupe rivera Posted over a year ago

de gran beneficio tener el programa . nos informa de los importantes acontecimientos enn la escuela.

Matilde Montelongo Posted over a year ago

I like programs the English Second Language whit South Texas Community College and Region One because provide certified teachers Than you for support.

paulina davila Posted over a year ago

this program has help me learn English. this benefit my work.

Lilia Hernandez Posted over a year ago

This program is great because help me to learn to speak with people who don't speak My language and this program help to the community .

MSRICELA SALINAS Posted over a year ago

THIS PROGRAM IAM LEARNING ENGLISH THANKS IM VERY HAPPY.

Martha Garcia Posted over a year ago

Thank you for this program. My life is changed, because I understand more English. when I see the television or listened to the radio. I steand better at my daghters when do their homework.

dora flores Posted over a year ago

This program help me to improve my English to help my children for the homework. and is very important for me to be a better person in the community.

Mirthala Patricia Padilla Guerra Posted over a year ago

The program is very good, I have taken classes for 2 years and I have improved my English, also I have taken classes of cake's decoration, computers class, etc. it has been useful for my life. This program helps the community a lot.

Laura Diaz Posted over a year ago

These programs are very important in our lives. We value all these programs. We thank our school district and director.

Juana Moreno Posted over a year ago

Totally blessed for the support our director gives us. It helps all our parents and children. Continue with these great program. Blessings!

Magda Martinez Posted over a year ago

Excellent Department! She has support the community and helped parents threw all this years. Thank you Mrs. Benford

Rocio Elvira Reyes Posted over a year ago

Thank you, Mrs. Benford for offering free programs in GED so that our community can progress. I want to continue in this program so I achieve my academic goals. Once again, thank you, Mrs. Benford.

Carlos Sanchez Posted over a year ago

The Banking/Finance Course is very good. The curriculum offers high interest topic for all parents. We are thankful that our district invites parents. It will help us improve our quality of life.

Ezequiel Noriega Posted over a year ago

It is good to grow up with our PSJA community. It allows for our population for a bright future.

Adriana Silva Posted over a year ago

Programs like these in our community help us be better individuals. We meet our individual goals.

Maria S. Rodriguez Posted over a year ago

Thank you, Mrs. Benford for the opportunity to have banking/finance tool that will definitely help me. I am a single mother and this will prepare me for future endeavors and it will help me teach my children managing money.

Leticia Garza Posted over a year ago

An educational experience! Mrs. Benford has help us so much!

Rosa Martinez Sanchez Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Benford has been instrumental. The program they offer to us parents is helping our children. I am learning technology.

Maria Diaz Posted over a year ago

Thank you, P.S.J.A. I.S.D. These programs are very necessary for us. We are part of an engaged community and we are proud!

Alejandra Guzman Posted over a year ago

I feel it is fundamental that our academics are taking place. It is very important that we involve ourselves in our community. This learning has transformed our family and community.

Carlos Boix Posted over a year ago

The finance/banking course I am taking is teaching me about obtaining credit-How to Build my Credit and How to Establish Good Credit. I am enjoying the class. Thank you to Ms. Benford for finding a grant for us to learn.

Nereyda Castillo Posted over a year ago

I consider this program under Mrs. Benford as excellent because it helps the community (parents). In our country, our system is managed by school credits. I am in the Banking/Finance Course and I want to help my children with their finances.

Rosario quinto Posted over a year ago

Think you for prouding the region one and parental engagement classes They have helped me very much. MY life has changed because I am learning another language. I want to earn my GED certificate so I can help my children do their homework. Also so I can communicate with others and have a better job. thank you !

loida padilla Posted over a year ago

This Pogram has helped a lot to me personally. I can help my children do homework and now I am learning to Speak English I want to have a better Future for me and my Family. Thanks to my teacher Sylvia Garza that helps me a lot in class in the Region One ESL adult class.

Blanca E. Hernandez Posted over a year ago

I thank you for these opportunities. Parent. al Engagement. center. Region one ESL. adult. class. he has imbued me with the opportunity they have given to English and can help my son. And so take different classes in the parent center that gives us tools to un bat us with more more layers. I take the classes: English cake shop. Sumba Have good day.

marlen pena Posted over a year ago

The program parental engagement has help me to learn English as a second language now I socialize with everybody and I feel happy to be in this program and take other classes.

EMMA MA LOPEZME Posted over a year ago

I lreally like this ENGLISH program because I can help may daugters to have their homework I also like to talk with people.

Maria Susana Reyes Posted over a year ago

Success happens when FAMILIES, STUDENTS and EDUCATORS work together focusing on a childs academics, social, and EMOTIONAL NEEDS This is where Mrs. Olivia Benford Parental Director becomes a bridge to bring all this together working behind the scenes.

paula hernandez Posted over a year ago

The program parental engagement center is the best program for adults we can study during the morning when my kids stay in the school. In the class of english lenguage I have the oportunity to lear to help my kids with their homework and if have 2 lenguages is more easy find a work in turn in class of ESL adult class we help to learn hability for apply to life and maybe made one business. I"m very happy with this program and grateful for the chance to belong to it.

Reyna Emilia Segura Posted over a year ago

I m Understanding English when people speak, I'm also learning more vocabulary words .and to read and write better.

Maria G. Sandoval Posted over a year ago

The Parental Engagement Center has been very beneficial to me. I have learned a lot in the ESL Classes I attend that I now will help me in the future, I want to be able to help my children so they can have a better future.

ernestina de leon Posted over a year ago

I like this program why while my daughters are in school I also am going to school I need learn more English . and this program is what more I am grateful for the help you give US Thank you very much.

Erika Renteria Posted over a year ago

The program region one me to helped catch more language, develop more language and I benefits held help my children with your task. Is a program very good, easy to understand and satisfactory.

DAIRA QUINTANILLA Posted over a year ago

The classes offered by the center is of great help to the community.

ALVEZA YEPEZ Posted over a year ago

The program of Region One ESL Adult Class has benefited me in receiving English classes and is helping me to understand and communicate with my chiildren and other people, I appreciate very much that they give us this opportunity to study and in the Parental Engagement Center I really like the activities as cake decorating because is important for me.

sanjuanitasolis Posted over a year ago

it is excellente program

yadira jaramillo Posted over a year ago

Ilike my class here because so i can go forward with two lenguages and help my childrens with their homework. I also to obtain my GED certificado . i also enjoy my other class that i atteand its nails an decoracion of cakes .Its a way of helping us to move forwar and help in our home...I love my classes thank you for worrying about us the father thank you this opportunities.

Anna Rodriguez Posted over a year ago

The program (Parental Engagement Center) has changed my life in this country, I am learning the English Language and enjoying my classes. When I obtain my GED, I will have a better Quality of life with a better Job.

Carolina Garcia Posted over a year ago

This program is very good, you are helping me a lot with English . thank you for this program !

teresa rodriguez Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Benford thank you for the class I like this program for the parent because we need to learn more English..

gabriela romero Posted over a year ago

I like this program its very good and productive. the personnel is very friendly.

Maria Susana Reyes Posted over a year ago

Success happens when FAMILIES, STUDENTS and EDUCATORS work together focusing on a childs academics, social, and EMOTIONAL NEEDS This is where Mrs. Olivia Benford Parental Director becomes a bridge to bring all this together working behind the scenes.

Monica N Cantu Posted over a year ago

I support Mrs. Benford because she is a example for all women in the community. her dedication and support that provide parents in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo I.S.D. help parent make a better choice in their future.

Reyna Paulina Lopez Posted over a year ago

Thank you so much for the opportunity to study English and meet new people.

Maria Castillo Posted over a year ago

Hello, Good morning: Mrs. Olivia Benford. I am Maria Castillo a student for S.T.C class I like to appreciate for the opportunities to learned English language. I want to speak, read and write very well this language because a want to help my children with homework and the future take a job. I want to appreciate for this program is a good for all adult parent take this course and I want to appreciate for my teacher Miss Darlene Collins.

Virginia Veloz Posted over a year ago

Olivia Benford I want to thank you for taking a little bit of your time to listen to me ,I like the English class very much .

Iris R. Vega de Cantu Posted over a year ago

In my personal oppinion, I feel very gratefull for the opportunity that this program give us, and how to speak and how to have a short or basic conversation in english, also I would like to tank PSJA for the program.

Arcelia Adame Posted over a year ago

Mrs.Olivia Benford .I am happy with class and the course, my teacher Mrs. Darlene Collins is good at teaching. I like the course and the STC. Thanks

Perla Pena Posted over a year ago

Hello, i want to appreciate for this programs, because we can learn more english and with no cost.. Thank you very much!!!

Alejandra De La Rosa Posted over a year ago

Im very grateful with you for this educational program that is being carried out for us parents,.God bless you, and continue to use you to help more people,. thank you very much

Patricia Galindo Posted over a year ago

Thanks.... Totally grateful for the support that we provide. I like the program and the teacher is very good. I learned a lot, I want continue learning, my goal is to feel secure speaking English and working soon.

miriam romero Posted over a year ago

this is a good program for the adults because they learn a language that they dont know it really helps us alot this is a really good program and theirs alot of oportunities so thank you very much Ms.Oliva Benford for this educational program.

Angelica M. Aguilar de Cadenaa Posted over a year ago

I like this program because is good for my family and I can a help my children.

maria teresa rodriguez Posted over a year ago

this program is important to the community. thank you for the program.

Martha A. Oliva Posted over a year ago

It is excellent program of English class and provides opportunities to learn other things useful.

Rosalva Martinez Posted over a year ago

The program in the community has been succesfuly, in my personal opinion it help us like a parents to understand our children, and to have more conecction with his teachers and to all the community. I'm very glad to be part of them.

Alma Garcia Posted over a year ago

The program is very good and complete, because help to the parents who needs learn English.

Irma Avila Posted over a year ago

In my life these programs have helped me a lot. At this time I learned how to speak and read English. Today I can speak and understand English before I had to pay for someone to read important papers like my social security and income tax papers. I am happy today because I understand when people speak to me. Before it was difficult to understand what people were saying to me. I could not help my children with their homework, it was hard for all of us. I also take other classes for example CPR, GED, Computers, Nutrition class, cosmetology (nails) and sewing. I thank you for all this programs.

Rosa Maria Martinez Posted over a year ago

This program has helped me better understand my nephews. I would like to thank the school district for all the opportunities.

Martha E. Perez Posted over a year ago

This program has benefited me to improve my personal life. I would like to thank the PSJA school district for this great opportunity.

Myriam Araujo Posted over a year ago

This program has given me the tools and the confidence to present my citizenship test. I would like to thank PSJA school district for this great opportunity.

Paulo Jimenez Posted over a year ago

This program has helped me to learn more English and communicate with the people. I would like to thank PSJA school district for this good opportunity.

Bertha Perez Posted over a year ago

This program has helped me better communicate with the community and gives more opportunities in my life. I would like to thank the PSJA school district for this opportunity.

Esmeralda Cardenas Posted over a year ago

This program has helped me to communicate better with my clients. I am able to work better, this makes me feel more secure with myself.

Maria C. Galvan Posted over a year ago

This program has helped me to learn more English. It has improved my English. This program has helped me better understand my nephews. I would like to thank the PSJA school district for this great opportunity. It is good.

Raquel Negrete Posted over a year ago

This program has helped me and I want to thank the school district.

Nadia Martinez Posted over a year ago

Thanks for helping me to reach my goals now that I am an adult. I can help my kids too. You are making a difference in my life.

Ithamar Garcia Posted over a year ago

This program has given me the tools and the confidence to continue my education. I want to thank the PSJA school district for this wonderful opportunity. Respectfully yours, Mrs. Ithamar Garcia

Victoria Carillo Posted over a year ago

The ESL program is very good! This has helped to better communicate with community; specially to help my son with his homework. Thank you PSJA school district for this successful program.

Olinda Martinez Posted over a year ago

This program has helped me better understand my sons. We communicate better at school.

Maria G. Manilla Posted over a year ago

This program has helped me to improve my English and this program has helped to better understand my children. I would like to thank the PSJA school district for this great opportunity.

Rosa A. Martinez Posted over a year ago

This program has helped me to learn English. It has given me to have confidence to speak more English. Thank you to the PSJA school district for the opportunity to improve my English.

Estephanie Leang Posted over a year ago

I would like to thank the school district of PSJA for giving me the opportunity for helping me with my education.

Maria G. Polanco Posted over a year ago

My English class is very important to me. I can help my children with their homework everyday and I also practice how to pronounce my English. I would like to thank PSJA for this great opportunity.

Felipe J. Barrios Posted over a year ago

This program has taught me how to advance in my daily vocabulary. Thanks to PSJA for this great opportunity.

Nora Garcia Posted over a year ago

I like this program because it gives me the opportunity to advance with my goals. I would like to thank the PSJA school district for this great opportunity.

Karina Ortiz Posted over a year ago

This program has given me the opportunity to continue my education. I would like to thank the PSJA School District for this great program.

Laura E. Bayonero De Amaro Posted over a year ago

This program has given me the tools and the confidence to present my citizenship test. I would like to thank the PSJA School District for this amazing opportunity.

concepcion Moreno Posted over a year ago

to hum ever concern tanks to Azucena Miranda for teach,me how to learn,computation,wish,they will,help me to get,my, g,e,d,,tanks for,these progam,bring,me, a,oportunty,,my education cince 11 grade synceryli c,moreno

Alondra L. Guerra Posted over a year ago

Es el mejor departamento que tienen!!!!

Lilvia Escobedo Posted over a year ago

Awesome! Great essay and great example of life. The Parental Meeting we had today is an indication of our district leaders. Congrats!

Rocio Duran Posted over a year ago

P.S.J.A. Parental Engagement Program is a strong tool for parents. It helps us to be close to the educational community through meetings, volunteer activities and courses on different topics. There are a lot of opportunities to learn and be updated with topics that are related to our children's scholar lives.

olinda Moyeda Posted over a year ago

I get very emotional when I speak about our district's program. I thank our district for giving parents the opportunity to get ahead of ourselves. We take advantage of the opportunities provided to improve our life. Our children see this and see that we want to better ourselves to be able to be as good as them. This program motivated us greatly!

Edgar Franco Posted over a year ago

es un departamento muy necesario x que mediante de este los maestros reciben ayuda de los padres voluntarios y los voluntarios de los programas de distrito

Jenny Sanchez Posted over a year ago

Excellent experiences at child's school. We are the example for our children. We are kept engaged at campuses.

Mayra Amaro Posted over a year ago

Very good program.. The meetings at the campuses begin on time and on different topics. In my opinion, the program meets all expectations.

Luz Palafox Posted over a year ago

Keep up the great work...

Esperanza Posted over a year ago

This program needs the funds to help our parents and our students district wide!

Rosario Rocha Posted over a year ago

It's a very helpful program!

Adriana Alamilia Posted over a year ago

This program helps us get connected to the community and we learn from it.

Martin Garza Posted over a year ago

Keep up the great work!

Mary Leon Posted over a year ago

The educational program not only is of great benefit to parents but to instructors as well. Its a motivation to both parities to excel in many personal ways. Thank you

Myriam Araujo Posted over a year ago

Thanks to the program helps us learn more English for citizenship.

Nora I. Hinojosa Posted over a year ago

I am very content with this program because of the history of the United States, the classes are very interesting and our volunteer teacher is very passionate and helpful. I am very happy for the opportunity of the courses offered by the program.

Julio A Morin Posted over a year ago

Thank you so much to Bowie school im learning many things in computacion class special thanks to Miss Noyola and Miss Miranda very grateful

Guadalupe Garcia Posted over a year ago

For my personal benefit.I have learn a lot with this program in the computer and Engilsh class.now that I been coming to the computer clalss with MS.Miranda I have more confident in using it.

Martha E. Perez Posted over a year ago

This program has benefited me to improve my personal life.

Rebecca Stillwell Posted over a year ago

Happy to be apart of the Parental Program , and to witness a positive change amongst others who deserve that 2nd chance for a quality education; No better title for the " Life Changer" than Mrs. O. Benford.

Nina Aparicio Posted over a year ago

I started computer Classes back in Oct 24 2017. Computer classes has benefit alot because I didn't even know how to open the computer at all. Im learning how to oven and close new documents,Im also learning what taps quick access ans how to do paragraphs and how to safe documents we are aiso learning how to center paragraphs. Our teacher Azucena Miranda is very patient with us

Gudalupe Isabel Sandoval Posted over a year ago

Been in this class have help me alot in my everyday life. i have learned how to check my Email. i have learned how to do a document in the Microsoft program, also how to center and spell a word. now is much easier for me to navigate the computer. Ms.Azucena Miranda is excelent in teaching the program and she is also very accesible

Nallely velez Posted over a year ago

Excellent programs, help us to improve in all aspects, both economic, emotional, physical, social and personal. They help us excel in everything. Thanks for this program

Gabriela Salas Posted over a year ago

Gracias a este programa por darnos la clase de computacion,gracias a esta clase y gracias a la maestra Azucena Miranda porque he aprendido a usar la computadora y estoy aprendiendo el idioma ingles gracias al Bowie Center

Maria galvan Posted over a year ago

Este programa nos benefisia en aprender computasion como escribir uana carta i aprender a entrar alos programas con la maestra miss Asusena miranda

Gudalupe Isabel Sandoval Posted over a year ago

El estar en esta clase me a beneficiado mas en cuanto ala vida cotidiana como checar mi imail hacer un documento en microsoft desde poner estacios centrarlo y corregir palabras ynavegar mas tambien la maestra es una exelemte en la materia de la clase y es muy accesible

Flor Castillo Posted over a year ago

al venir a esta clase de computacion me ayuda como superacion personal me gusta estar actualizada dia a dia, para poder impartir mis conocimientos a mis hijos y en mi nivel profesional . Rengo la dicha de poder compartir lo que e adquirido el poder redactar un texto el conocer cada funcion del teclado en si muchas cosas en general. y la persona que esta de impartidora de sus conocimientos exelenye.

Elsa A. Soto Posted over a year ago

The programs provided by the PSJA district have been of the great value to me, because most have been able to assist me in resolving everyday conflict. It has allowed me the opportunity to use the English language to communicate with other students.

SONIA RINCON MEDRANO Posted over a year ago

EN LO PERSONAL ESTE PROGRAMA ES MUY BENEFICIOSO NO TAN SOLO PARA MI , SINO PARA LA FAMILIA, YA QUE HOY EN DIA ES ESENCIAL ESTAR EN CONTACTO CON LAS REDES SOCIALES Y ES MUY FRUSTRANTE EN OCASIONES NO PODDER AYUDAR EN ALGUN MOMENTO A SOLUCIONAR ALGUN PRPBLEMA A NUESTROS SEMEJANTES Y A UNO MISMO, HACE MUCHOS A;OS ESTUBE EN CONTACTO CON UNA COMPUTADORA, HACE MAS DE 20 A;OS, LO APRENDIDO SE A OLVIDADO, ESTOY MUY CONTENTA CON ESTE PROGRAMA Y AGRADECIDA CON MI MAESTRA POR SU EMPE;O EN ENSE;ARNOS. GRACIAS A TODOS LOS QUE HACEN POSIBLE QUE NOSOTROS APRENDAMOS UN POCO DE LO QUE COMPARTE NUESTRA MAESTRA CON NOSOTROS. GRACIAS

Yulizeth Sanchez Posted over a year ago

I believe that the variety of programs offered by the Phaar school district is excellent because it's variety has hollowed me to chose which programs to whetted. I wish to thaw the Pharr school district for providing he is programs because it lad bettered cot only my life but they of my children because it has no ed we not only be beer student bat cello y bather person.

Leticia Majors Posted over a year ago

An great leader for the parental department!

Maria G. Gonzalez Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Bendford is and awesome director!!

Adriana Garcia Posted over a year ago

Awesome leadership for the PSJA ISD!!

Daisy De Leon Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Bendford has help so much for the community especially all the parents and the parental department.

Llelizaroba Gonzalez Posted over a year ago

I'm berry glad to have in the district of Pharr San Juan Alamo a program that helped parents to continue studding and learning with the collage classes is an excellent program also with helping in the community of this district to succeed that is an excellent example for the parents and children and it helped us to reach our goals.

liliapalomo Posted over a year ago

I find the program very good and an excellent opportunity

Esmeralda Esparza Posted over a year ago

This program is very good . i have learned a lot. this program help to improve for our whole community. I feel very lucky to belong in this program.thanks .

glendy davila Posted over a year ago

Mrs. BENFORD IS EXCELLENT SHE HELP ALL THE COMMUNITY FROM PHARR SAN JUAN ALAMO GIVING GOOD ADVISE TO ALL PARENTS TO HELP TO OUR CHILDREN.

meybol camarillo Posted over a year ago

It Is a great opportunity that Mrs.Benford gives us to be able to improve ourselves, and learn more about the programs they have.We are fortunate for that opportunity. Thank you.

Deissi Galvan Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Benford I am very grateful for this program because I have the opportunity to learn English and completely free is a blessing to be part of this program

iliana trevino Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Benford .Excellent helps us learn more every day of English.. he also has many craft programs computing is wonderful.

magdelia rodriguez Posted over a year ago

excellent helps us learn more ebery day of english

Abril Ramos Posted over a year ago

Thank you so much for all your help and all the programs at the district, I will help my child whit his home work and I am taking GED classes.

leticia lira palacios Posted over a year ago

This program has helped me for many things in my personal life.

Teresa Guillen Posted over a year ago

Gracias Mrs. benford por su dedicacion y su esfuerzo por ayudar a los padres del distrito, en lo personal he aprendido mucho en el centro.

Aida e. Galvan Posted over a year ago

Excellent, because is a great help by all community and we are help our children in homework.

Susana Gutierrez Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Benford as our PSJA Director is many opportunities to the adult and the continued GED other program: giving good advise to all parents to help to our children to succeed in live and go to college. Thank you Mrs. Benford.

Natalia Garay Posted over a year ago

Esun super programa que puedes aprender muchas cosas. Estoy feliz de aprender cada sia mientras mis hijos estan en la escuela y yo les puedo ayudar con sus tareas. Graciad Mrs. Benford.

Laura Cortez Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Benford has been an extraordinary leader and exceptional role model to our community and staff. The opportunities she brings into the program are infinite and life changing to our parents.

Carolina Mancera Posted over a year ago

Gracias por estos grandiosos programas y especialmente por que podemos aprender ingles y otras clases para ser nuestros propios empresarios..

Elidia Alvarez Posted over a year ago

I've heard very good things about this department, that other districts do not have but have tried to equalize.

Claudia Lucero Posted over a year ago

Excellent Program it gets parents engaged and that helps their children succeed in school and life.

Brenda Alvarez Posted over a year ago

Excellent person! She has mad a huge change in the Parental Department and in all the school district.

valeria Morales Posted over a year ago

The program is of great help for the people. The program is helping to my capabilities

Francisca Ramirez Posted over a year ago

La Sra. Olivia Benford a ofresido lo mejor. Tanto como saber elegir su personal y ofrecer a la comunidad clases que an ayudado a muchos a sobre salir y tener una mejor vida.

Lidia Aguilar Posted over a year ago

Good program Mrs.. thank you for everything you do for the community.

Claudia Lucero Posted over a year ago

Excellent Program helps parents get engaged and that also helps their children succeed in school and life.

alejandrina perez Posted over a year ago

thank you this has benefit my family and help me to help my children in their homework.

silvia reyes Posted over a year ago

thanks this is a great help my family and i.

MARIA jesus SAENZ Posted over a year ago

thanks. this program is very important for my partners and I

Jensine Martinez Posted over a year ago

Good program Mrs. Benford. I am taking computer classes and entrepreneurship classes.

Reyna Elena Posted over a year ago

Thanks for help all the community

juany ruiz Posted over a year ago

The program the Envolvement of Parents is very important for my I like very much.

juana figueroa Posted over a year ago

ami me gusta benir thank you for her help!

Rosa Zertuche Posted over a year ago

Hello! Thanks for her help all community!

Amanda Hinojosa Posted over a year ago

I am in class of inglish whit Ms. Baldazo class is very good person our teacher of inglish, love u.

silvia reyes Posted over a year ago

hi mrs benford

Lleiny Bacerrott Posted over a year ago

Gracias por todos los programas que ayuda a implementar en la comunidad. necesitamos mas personas como usted Mrs. benford.

Antonio Salazar Posted over a year ago

Gracias!!! I learn a lot on the ESL and Computer classes. Thank you Mrs. Benford.

luz perez Posted over a year ago

Thaks Mrs. Benford for help

vanessa lopez Posted over a year ago

This program is a life changer for many parents.

Josie Salinas Posted over a year ago

I am taking STC Banking and Finance class. thank you for this opportunity.

Gracie Smith Posted over a year ago

Thank you for the classes. I took upholstery class, I learn so much at the courses they offering at the centers.

Audrey Marie Pena Posted over a year ago

I am so happy because they have GED and computer classes at the center and finish my CNA course. thank you Mrs. Benford for this opportunity.

Ayllen M. Lopez Posted over a year ago

I was taking Computer classes and upholstery at this wonderful program for free is awesome.

Maria Dolores Martinez Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Benford is a good director, excellent leader and dedicated person in the Parental Department. She is helping many families at the PSJA ISD district, offering ESL, GED, COMPUTER CLASSES for all parents, also entrepreneurship classes. this program are growing because of her compromise to help parents to succeed and be a good example for their children. All classes are for free, having volunteer teachers, STC and Region 1. instructors. I'm so happy to be part of this program.

San Juanny Resendez Posted over a year ago

She has done so much for the community especially for the parents!

Cinthia Vergara Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Benford help all the community from Pharr San Juan Alamo, giving good advise to all parents to help to our children to succeed in live and go to college.

ALMA V. SALOMON Posted over a year ago

she is a great leader for the Parental Department Thank You Mrs. Bendford

Oscar Alaniz, Jr. Posted over a year ago

Mr. Benford have brought up the Parental Engagement Department to High Standards.

Isabel Silva Posted over a year ago

She is a good director in parental department and she is helping all parents to learn and improve in life, helping our families to be better.

Cinthia Vergara Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Benford help all the community from Pharr San Juan Alamo, giving good advise to all parents to help to our children to succeed in live and go to college.

Maria Martinez Posted over a year ago

Excellent example of leadership to all parents from the district.

Suzan Reyes Posted over a year ago

role models for the children/parents and parent educator

Elsa Espinoza Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Benford as our PJSA Director has bought this program to a big success. Our district parents are very very happy! Our district literacy program has a big impact on our parents. ESL Classes, GED Classes, etc. There a lot of other different classes offer that each site centers. Thank you Mrs. Benford.

Astrid Perez Posted over a year ago

This program is good because it's free and it gives us opportunity to the people to learn English like me.

Maria del Rosario Torres Posted over a year ago

Thanks to this program to give us this opportunity to the adults and continued to study English, GED, and other programs.

Maria Trevino Posted over a year ago

For me I like this program because it has helped me learn English.

Maria Magdalena Gonzalez Posted over a year ago

Happy and grateful to be in this program. Many opportunities to never stop growing and stop learning. Excellent program.

Cruz Vargas Posted over a year ago

Excellent program I am taking advantage of this classes. I has helped in my personal life and economically. There is excellent personnel and directors.

Carlos Martinez Posted over a year ago

This program has helped me very much to develop and learn English. I am very grateful with about the essay that I read of Olivia Benford.

Wilson Rodriguez Posted over a year ago

This program has been very helpful it has opened new windows in my life.

Eric F. Cervantes Posted over a year ago

I appreciate the opportunity to make my dreams come true so that I may be successful.

Juany Flores Posted over a year ago

This program is amazing for me, it has helped me greatly. I'm grateful. Thanks!!!

Evelin Lizeth Lozano Posted over a year ago

For my part this program has helped very much it has helped me in my job. It has helped at my children's school it has helped me interact with other people and also how to write better. I can read better and people understand me better too. My English is better and now I can speak some words to my kids.

Amelia Garcia Posted over a year ago

This program is helping me for many things in my work and when I go to the store and I need some help I look for somebody who can help me. I want to give thanks for all the help you give me.

Irene Lopez Posted over a year ago

This program has helped advance in my English. I understand and write the English language better.

Elsa Montellano Posted over a year ago

This program has helped me a lot I enjoy coming twice a week. Thank you for your support. I think I am now a good student.

Sergio Rivera Posted over a year ago

This program helped me to change my life.

Hilda L. Garcia Posted over a year ago

This program has helped me advance in my job. I am speaking better English because of the lesson in my class.

Luis E. Reyes Posted over a year ago

This program helps too much in my life, my job, and my family with communication. Thanks to this program.

Marivel Tijerina Posted over a year ago

I love parental involvement because they bring good information and help

MARIA ELIZABETH SMITH Posted over a year ago

I LOVE PARENTAL ENGANGEMENT NOT ONLY BECAUSE I WORK THERE BUT BECAUSE I HAD AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND NIGHT CLASSES, I TOOK COMPUTER CLASS BACK IN 2015. NOW I'M TAKING CNA CLASSES I WAS A BAKER NOW I'M A CLERK THANK TO THIS PROGRAM AND WHO KNOW TOMORROW. THANKS TO MRS. BENFORD FOR ACKNOWLEDGE MY WORK

Minerva Robles Posted over a year ago

Extremely proud to be part of the Parental Engagement Department that is under the leadership of Mrs. Benford. The opportunities that are being provided to the parents in our school district are endless. Our parents are taking ESL courses and are continuing their education by attaining their GED and going on to college. Our parents are also making a huge difference in their children's lives and this I am able to witness on a daily basis. Thank you for allowing us to express how we feel about of program.

Dora Melenndez Posted over a year ago

Mrs.O. Bendford has done and excellent job for our district in the parental department.

Matias Alonzo Posted over a year ago

She has done a tremendous change in the parental dept

Adriana Chavez Posted over a year ago

Parental Engagement Program is an awasome program in our community because offer different educational classes for adults and now they can help to their children have succeed in school.

Sandra Medina Posted over a year ago

This program has a lot of value for our parents because it empowers them. Literacy classes gives them the opportunity to learn their second language and gives them the opportunity to involve themselves in other programs. Our parents are provided opportunities to engage and use their creativity along with their academic abilities. Entrepreneurship courses help them open businesses. Our parents are motivated! The ultimate goal is to create a positive environment for all.

Priscilla vega Posted over a year ago

Great program to help adults and children..in there life style

Priscilla Salinas Posted over a year ago

Its Awsome program to help the adults to en rich there education and help there children with there education.. The volunteers are so helpful with teschers ..children and ect.

Alma flores Posted over a year ago

Bueno programa buenas oportunidades para los padres

Diana Rojas Posted over a year ago

I am a parent student in a neighborhood school in south Pharr, Texas. I have been in this program for many years. I attend a literacy center that is attached to my child's elementary school. While my child is at school, I also attend school to learn English. In addition, I am the arts and crafts teacher there in the afternoons. I love that this program helps parents learn and have fun. As I am teaching my class to do Christmas wreaths, I think about how fortunate we are in being a part of a winning program.

Blanca Lopez Posted over a year ago

The program is great because it opens parents opportunities to learn English which could help them obtain a job. With this program, we help our children do better in school. This program also helps parents network with others and learn from them. Parents also receive good information on resources available in the community. The district thinks about parents and improving quality of life. This district supports parents tremendously!

VANESSA LOPEZ Posted over a year ago

THIS PROGRAM HAS BENEFIT MANY FAMILIES. IT HAS HELP THEM IN THIER LIFE STYLE AND GROW AS INDIVIDUALS.

Marivel Tijerina Posted over a year ago

The parental involvement is great in helping and changing in their life style

Norma Garza Posted over a year ago

Olivia Benford has truly transformed our district. Parents are so happy to be learning and participating in entrepreneurship courses.