Friends of Texas Public Schools honors Matt Warnock at its 8th annual fundraising dinner on December 5, 2012 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, 5:30pm to 8:00pm.

Modern educators must be effective communicators. With education “under attack as never before”, as 2012 Friend of the Year honoree Jamie Vollmer says, educators today must understand their role as ambassadors for their profession and the necessity of sharing what’s really going on in the public schools.                    

“Matt Warnock is an incredible ambassador not only for his campus, but for all Texas public schools,” said Scott Milder, President and CEO of Friends of Texas Public Schools. “Matt has figured out that the self-appointed critics and malcontents are intentionally undermining public confidence in their schools with misinformation and half-truths. People are not aware and have no reason to be aware that our public schools are actually performing better today than ever in history. Few are telling the story.”

Warnock has been the principal at Barbara Bush Middle School in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District since 2009. He started his career in C-FB ISD teaching science at Creekview High School in 1998 and never left. Warnock served as an assistant principal and then associate principal at Ranchview High School before taking over at Barbara Bush Middle School.

“We’re getting killed in this war over public opinion,” Warnock said. “We’ve got to step up and defend our honor. Our students are incredibly gifted and are achieving extraordinary results in our schools. It’s truly a shame that Texans don’t know their public schools are effective and efficient.”

The U.S. Department of Education recently confirmed that Texas public schools are outperforming other states with their release of state-by-state high school graduation rates. African-American students in the Class of 2011 tied for first in the nation with Montana for the highest graduation rate among their peers at 81%. Hispanic students finished second nationally among their peers behind only Maine with a graduation rate of 82%. White students ranked first in the nation with a graduation rate of 92%.

“There is no place I’d rather be than working in our public schools,” Warnock added. “Great team helping great kids find their way. I can’t imagine any career more rewarding.” Warnock is married to Georgeanne Warnock, principal at RL Turner High School in C-FB ISD. They have four boys ages 11 through 4. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and geology from Stephen F. Austin State University and his master’s degree in education from the University of North Texas.

For more details about attending this event, or if you would like to consider a table sponsorship, please contact Amber Fulton at afulton@fotps.org. You may register online at http://www.fotps.org/foy2012.php.

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