Janis Guerrero Thompson Scholarship Fund

Honor the life and legacy of Dr. Janis Guerrero Thompson with a gift to her memorial fund.

A letter from AISD employees:
We are writing to ask you to join us in contributing to a scholarship fund honoring the work of Dr. Janis Guerrero Thompson. Janis has devoted a lifetime to the education of children and, particularly, to opening doors of opportunity for students who face challenges while working to realize their dreams.

A graduate of Travis High School and the University of Texas, Janis began her teaching career at Dobie Middle School. She also taught at Austin High School and served in the district’s office of Gifted and Talented Education. She served as project director for middle school policy at the Texas Education Agency and as a program director at UT’s Dana Center prior to returning to the Austin School District as Executive Director for Planning and Community Relations in 2003.

We have had the good fortune to work with Janis at AISD. She’s been a passionate and compassionate leader.  She’s led the district’s work in reaching out to the diverse communities of Austin, developing district strategic plans, working with the District Advisory Council, and improving customer service, including major upgrades of the district’s translation and interpretation services. She has been particularly influential in strengthening the district’s ties to the Hispanic community and increasing access to campus and district functions for Spanish-speaking families.

All her work has been conducted with the best interests of the children of Austin as her measuring stick. The highest moral values have provided the framework for all she does. We are very fortunate to work with Janis.

In addition to her work at AISD, Janis has served our community by serving on the Boards of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, GENAustin, Executive Women in Texas Government, and the City of Austin Civil Service Commission. She also serves as a volunteer with the chaplain services at Brackenridge Hospital.

For all these reasons, we are establishing a scholarship fund in Janis’s name to honor her work. It will be managed by the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium. We ask you to consider contributing to the Janis Guerrero Thompson Scholarship fund, which will award its first scholarship beginning in 2012

You can contribute by contacting Octavio Hinojosa at the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium at 512-368-2956, making a gift online at the link below, or through email at ohinojosa@hispanicscholar.org. Their address is 1107 S. 8th Street, Austin Texas 78704.