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On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Humble ISD was honored with a visit by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. She had earlier visited schools in Port Aransas and then came to the Lake Houston area to observe firsthand the ongoing rebuilding and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

After visiting Summer Creek High School, DeVos had a brief tour of the ongoing reconstruction of Kingwood High School and assisted by painting one of the walls in the foyer. She noted that she was “struck by the resiliency of the students and the creativity used to meet their needs. The best of America has come to light; we've found a bright side to a very bad experience.” She pledged that the federal government will continue to work with the State of Texas to meet the needs of every individual student. Later in the day she had a closed-door meeting with area principals to discuss the ongoing recovery.

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I grew up on a farm in New Mexico and miss eating hot chile and having four seasons. I didn't start college until I was already a mother and double majored in English and anthropology. I received an Honors B.A. from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and was named “Outstanding Student” in English. My honors thesis is titled “The Enduring and Ever-Changing Legend of La Llorona.” I worked as a police reporter for a bit before staying home in Kingwood to raise my two daughters. My hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking and traveling.