New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 28, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Charter school was founded in 1998
the extra money, Cummings said he was motivated by something much more important — his students' futures.
“Most of these kids have been told all their lives they cannot do anything," he said. “My main objective is not just to teach science, its to build self-esteem.
“My job is more about nurturing than molecular structure."
Nancy Ney was founded in 1998 as an accredited Texas charter school.
Although it is open to any student who wants to attend, the school specializes in children with a high risk of dropping out.
Because of their students' background, Superintendent Kellie Stallings said her teachers were even more important than instructors on typical campuses around the county.
“If it wasn't for these teachers, most of these kids would not graduate,” the superintendent said. “A lot of times, these teachers are the only significant, caring adult in their lives.”
Math teacher Robert Wray said he enjoyed working
Stephanie Davis, 18, gets help with her Algebra ll work from Nancy Ney Charter School teacher Robert Wray Tuesday afternoon. Below, sophomore Jessianna Diaz talks with Wray.
with students other teachers had given up on.
“It can be frustrating, but working here is more rewarding than working at a traditional school," he said.
“I like helping the students.”
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Mother still in jail on $1.1 million bond
is a state jail felony punishable by six months to two years in a state jail.
DeWalt is being held in Comal County Jail, where her bail, set by 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison, is $1.1 million.
DeWalt fled Robison’s court Oct. 25, 2005, after a Comal County' jury awarded custody of the bov to her ex-husband,
Michael DeWalt, who she had alleged sexually abused the boy.
DeWalt has been investigated by five law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, and law enforcement officials say the charges were unfounded. No charges have ever been filed against Michael DeWalt.
Suzanne DeWalt, incarcerated under her maiden name, Suzanne Kearns, was taken into custody with the boy in central Mexico on Sept. 9, and deported to the United States. She was arrested at New Braunfels Municipal Airport early Sept. IO, and her son
turned over to his father.
Her parents, Edward Kearns, 73, and Margaret Kearns, 69, pleaded guilty in April 2004 to interfering with child custody and hindering the apprehension of a felon for their parts in enabling her to flee.
Edward Kearns was sentenced to 180 days in county jail on the first charge. On the second, a third-degree felony, he was placed on deferred adjudication probation for IO years. Margaret Kearns was sentenced to one year in state jail and was also placed on IO years deferred adjudication probation.
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Education Foundation hosting ‘A Night at the Opera
The New Braunfels ISD Education Foundation is hosting its third annual fundraising event, “A Night at the Opera,” Thursday.
The evening will honor four New Braunfels community leaders and distinguished Unicorn alumni.
Honorees are Janelle Berger, Hal Holtman, Dennis Heitkamp and Carroll Hoffmann.
The Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2004 to present to New Braunfels High School graduates who have demonstrated leadership, outstanding moral character and empathy toward others in their personal and professional lives, whether acting as mentors, role models, business or professional leaders or civic volunteers.
"A Night at the Opera” will be held at 6:30 p.m. in downtown New Braunfels at the Seekatz Opera House.
The evening will include a silent auction with money generated to be used by the Education Foundation to award grants to New Braun-
Dennis Heitkamp, left, Janelle Berger, Carroll Hoffmann and Hat Holtman will be honored as distinguished Unicorn alumni during the New Braunfels ISD Education Foundation's “A Night at the Opera" Thursday.
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