Needville ISD convocation

Needville ISD administrators visited with retired Southwest Airlines Ambassador of Fun Tony Brigmon after he spoke at convocation last week. From left are NISD Chief Financial Officer Brenda Essenburg, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Shannon Jedlicka, Assistant Superintendent Beth Briscoe, Needville Elementary School Assistant Principal (AP) Jenny Fajkus, Needville Middle School AP Clacie Ciaccio, Needville Elementary School AP Kadi Casey, Needville Junior High AP Clint Watts, Brigmon, Needville Junior High Principal Brett Pohler, Needville High School AP Heather Cordova, Needville High School Principal Steve Adamson, Needville High School AP Derek Maresh, Needville Middle School AP Jamie Valentine, Needville Middle School Principal Stephen Janecek, and Superintendent Curtis Rhodes. Not pictured are Needville Elementary School Principal Stacey Stavinoha and Needville High School Principal Kristin Wyatt.

Needville ISD staff members were treated to presentations by two speakers last week as they prepared for the start of school on Aug. 17.

Southwest Airlines’ longtime Ambassador of Fun, Tony Brigmon, was the featured speaker for convocation on Aug. 8, and was followed the next day by fellow author Dr. Jill Siler, deputy director of Professional Learning for Texas Association of School Administrators.

Needville ISD convocation

The power of positivity and the importance of fun were just two of the subjects addressed by popular speaker and author Tony Brigmon at Needville ISD’s convocation last week. He had the audience laughing while learning from his vast experience as Southwest Airlines’ Ambassador of Fun.

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The issue of safety was addressed by Needville ISD Police Chief Craigan Colunga at last week’s convocation. Colunga assured staff members the safety of every person – students, staff, and visitors — in each NISD facility is his well-trained staff’s top priority.

Have fun, get it done

Brigmon was acknowledged by his longtime friend, NISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes, who said the author preferred to introduce himself.

Brigmon then took the mic and had the audience confused when he pretended to be an emcee of sorts, singing the speaker’s praises; but he soon had them laughing when he revealed he was indeed Brigmon.

His book, “The Funomenal Workplace,” explains how to energize people with what Brigmon insists is “the positive power of fun.”

“Serious fun gets you serious results,” he said.

Needville ISD convocation

Chris Janicek, Needville ISD School Board president, addressed Needville ISD staff members at last week’s convocation, thanking them for always giving their best for the district’s students. Janicek and his fellow trustees wore sunglasses and carried large umbrellas to reinforce their commitment to stand behind NISD’s teachers, rain or shine.

Needville ISD convocation

Needville ISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes, left, introduces his longtime friend, Tony Brigmon, who served as the featured speaker for the school district’s convocation last week. Brigmon is a popular speaker, emcee and author, and served as Southwest Airlines’ Ambassador of Fun for many years.

Needville ISD convocation

Needville ISD trustees donned sunglasses and carried umbrellas at last week’s districtwide convocation, reminding teachers that the board supports them 100 percent, rain or shine. From left are Board President Chris Janicek, Vice President Kim Janke, assistant secretary Tim Sbrusch, Glenn Vecerra and secretary Scott Valchar. Not pictured are trustees Chase Raska and John West.

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