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National Principals Day: Brandi Lira, Eastwood Academy High School

National Principals Day: Brandi Lira, Eastwood Academy High School

May 1, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, all Greater Houstonand surrounding area schoolswere ordered to suspend in-person classes, transition immediately to online courses, and reinvent the daily methods used to educate students. Therefore, today, on #NationalSchoolPrincipalDay, we want to recognize one of the thousands of principals that are goingabove and beyondfor their students during these unprecedented times. 

Eastwood Academy High School, located in the heart of EADO, is one of the many schools having to adapt to the ‘new normal’ operations in 2020. Principal Brandi Lira has taken this situation head-on and was able to quickly organize a task force of staff members to help make the best of this difficult situation. In Lira’s mind, it is important to not only focus on the coursework that would have taken place in a classroom, but also think about the events and activities that the students were looking forward to since the beginning of the school year. The COVID-19 pandemic forced important student events such as homecoming games, prom, senior trips, and more to either be canceled of postponed, but Principal Lira was not about to let that happen. 

“We started an‘Adopt an Eastwood Senior’ page so that community members and alumni could “adopt” a senior,” Principal Lira said. “This means they will mail weekly gifts or notes to the senior as a way to celebrate the student’s achievements. Our kids are missing out on prom, a senior trip, banquets, award ceremonies, etc., so this is my small way of trying to remind them they are not forgotten.”

This is only one of the many initiatives currently taking place at Eastwood Academy High School, all with the hope of making this time easier on the students of the community.

In the life of a high school student, sports are known to play a fundamental role, and Eastwood Academy understands that. “Our soccer team never got to play their homecoming game or get their annual banquet,” Principal Lira added. “It is the only sport we have and is very meaningful to our kids, so we gathered as a school to surprise each senior player with a gift basket, signs, and lots of cheer!” No story told by the students at the school goes unheard, bothpersonally and academically. The end ofsenior year culminates with the crowning of the two top students in the class, and thiscould notbeignored.“Our Valedictorian and Salutatorian missed out on the annual honor banquet with HISD,” Principal Lira explained. “Therefore, our staff and I surprised the kids at their homes with an Eastwood face mask,asash, $50 gift cards, and lots of love.” Principal Lira and Eastwood Academy High School have made the EADO community proud, but they are only one of the thousands of stories in H-Town, and across the country, that highlight the incredible love educators show their students on a daily basis. If you personally know a principal, or have a school nearby, reach out and thank them for their dedication during these difficult times – they have proven to be truly extraordinary.