Alma Mater honors HMS Principal

Alma Mater honors HMS Principal
Posted on 04/04/2018

Dr. Rebecca Sanford has spent many years working in education and will be honored at
the University of Houston as a Distinguished Alumni on April 25, 2018.

Recently Hambrick Middle School Principal, Dr. Rebecca Sanford was honored with a 2018
College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Houston College of
Education. Dr. Sanford is a 3-time graduate of the University of Houston, earning a Bachelor’s
degree in 1994, Master’s degree in 1996 and Doctorate in 2000. She has served 22 years in
education with the Aldine Independent School District as both a teacher and a principal. In 2016
she was named the 2015-2016 Secondary Principal of the Year by Aldine ISD. “I am deeply
touched and honored that [they] think so highly of me. I love what I do and work hard daily to
make a difference in the lives of children. Being recognized for my work is truly humbling,”
Sanford remarked.
Robert McPherson, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Houston and professor,
stated in a letter to Dr. Sanford, “Your leadership as a school principal and advocacy for all
students represent the best of the Cougar spirit…you are a tireless champion for public education
dedicating more than two decades to the Aldine Independent School District and serving as a
board member of the UH Charter School. Your selection as Aldine ISD secondary principal of
the year for 2015-16 highlights your well-deserved respect from your peers. You have
consistently led the way, breaking barriers as the first African-American woman to graduate
from the College of Education’s doctorate program in special populations. Your students and
staff at Hambrick Middle School are lucky to have you at the helm.” An award ceremony will
be held on April 25 at the University of Houston Hilton to honor the U of H alumni and
community members receiving awards. Scholarship recipients will also be recognized at the
ceremony along with donors to the scholarship program.