Lizeth Villanueva is a seventh grade student at Anthony Aguirre Junior High School in Channelview. On Tuesday, her teacher thought it would be a fun little joke to award each student with a fake certificate. It could have been funny, but unfortunately, the awards included dark and weird things like, “Most likely to become homeless,” and “Most likely to cry for every little thing.” Lizeth was awarded, “Most likely to become a terrorist.”
Something tells us this teacher, who remains to be named, may have just awarded herself, “Most likely to become unemployed.”
Needless to say, Lizeth was dismayed, and her mother is furious.
Ironically, the faux-awards were distributed during an AVID class — an advanced learning program designed to prepare students for college and workplace success. One wonders how effective the class is though. Can you imagine pulling this kind of prank in the workplace? Maybe awarding your manager, “Most likely to commit a felony”? It would be interesting to see the fallout come review day.
“I was upset and very mad when I saw the award,” Lizeth’s mother told the Washington Post. “I was surprised because my daughter has been doing well in the honors program.”
While Lizeth’s intellect may have been thriving, it appears her teacher’s sense of humor was not.
Channelview ISD administration has said it “would like to apologize for the insensitive and offensive fake mock awards that were given to students in a classroom … Channelview ISD would like to assure all students, parents and community members that these award statements and ideals are not representative of the district’s vision, mission and educational goals for our students.”
According to HAR, “Aguirre Junior High School employs 53 teachers, who have been with the school an average of 4 years. The teachers average 7 years of experience in teaching. The school currently has 987 students with a student to teacher ratio of 18.80 S/T. The special education division has 4 teachers assisting it. Aguirre Junior High School also employs 10 education aids.”
The school has received 4/4 stars in its accountability rating, and earned distinctions in Science, Social Studies, and for being among the Top 25% for Closing Performance Gaps.