The four charter mentors of the PHS Educational Foundation are Joe Greenslade, Risa Payne, Rix Quinn, and Bill West. Interestingly all four are 1966 graduates of Paschal. They each know the value of education to individual students and to our society, and that higher education is the primary path out of poverty.
It is a well-documented fact that those who have a passion and pursue it vigorously live healthier and longer. We feel that serving as a PHS Educational Foundation mentor is one version of the Fountain of Youth.
We are eager to sign up more people from our community who love young people, want to give back to society in a meaningful way, and have a flexible schedule that allows for the investment of one to five hours per week (this varies throughout the year). If that appeals to you, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information without obligation.
Our current mentors are:
Joe Greenslade graduated from Paschal in 1966 and graduated from Texas A&M in 1970 with a degree in business management. He soon became an entrepreneur starting several small companies. He sold his last business in 2007 to become the Director of Engineering Technology for the Industrial Fasteners Institute to represent the interests of the North American mechanical fastener (bolts, nuts, and screws) manufacturers internationally.
Joe started doing volunteer work for Paschal as a scholarship fund raiser in 2008. In early 2010 he learned of the Paschal AVID program. He immediately volunteered as a mentor to help low socio-economic students apply to college and for financial aid.
Joe says, "When a student at Paschal I was not college bound. By a miracle I was granted a scholarship to Texas A&M. After college I vowed to my mentor that I would facilitate the same kind of opportunities to other deserving young people in the future. My involvement with the AVID students at Paschal is one of my ways of fulfilling that vow. Seeing the thirst and determination of these young people to improve their circumstances through higher education and helping them fulfill their dreams is the most rewarding thing I have ever done."
Risa Payne graduated from Paschal in 1966. Her bachelor's degree in integrated social sciences and education, received in 1970, and her M.Ed., received in 1973, were both granted by the University of North Texas.
Risa taught students the discipline of social studies for twenty-five years at various Fort Worth ISD secondary schools. She then was selected to serve as the inaugural academic coordinator at Western Hills High School. In the summer of 1999, Risa became the FWISD Secondary Coordinator for Advanced Academic Services. Through this department, secondary schools were introduced to the national AVID program and encouraged to apply to become AVID sites. Risa was named the first AVID district director for FWISD in 2001. By the time she retired in August, 2009, AVID was offered at all eligible middle and high schools in Fort Worth.
A PHS Alumni Association message in 2010 asking for mentors to assist the school's first group of AVID seniors caught Risa's attention. She immediately volunteered to help this deserving group of first generation college-bound students. Risa says, "College was an expectation for me from birth. College is a dream for AVID students. AVID is a program that I can testify makes the dream a possibility, and there is nothing more stirring than helping someone move that possibility to reality. Being an AVID mentor does more than let me give back; it lets me give forward."
Rix Quinn is a Paschal alum. He holds a B.A. in journalism from TCU, and a M.A. from California State University. After working as a copywriter for two retail chains, he became an editor for a national trade magazine publishing company in the late 1970's.
In the 1990's he started writing business biographies for both the media and individual companies, and is still doing that today. In addition, he serves as a journalism consultant to school districts and education service centers in Texas.
Rix began volunteering at Paschal while his daughter attended and his wife served on the PTA. After her graduation in 2003, he joined the board of the Paschal Alumni Association. His work on the PTA scholarship committee brought him to work with the AVID students.
Rix says, "I value the education and values I learned by going to Paschal feeder schools -- Bluebonnet and McLean -- and to Paschal itself. I was a lackluster student until being convinced by Winifred Elliott, my Paschal English teacher, that communicating effectively was a critical skill. Helping the talented young people in the AVID program -- and seeing them develop their writing skills -- has been one of the highlights of my life."
Bill West graduated from Paschal HS in 1966 and Texas Christian University in 1970. He completed his masters from TCU in 1974. He retired after 35 years from the Tarrant County Juvenile Services. He was adjunct facility at UTA and TCU in the Criminal Justice Departments from 2006 - 2010. Now, Bill is an Associate in the TCU Center for Community Involvement & Service-Learning. Recently, he was selected to serve on the Committee "Purple Partnership" PHS/TCU collaborative contract.
His volunteer efforts have included several non-profit board memberships and projects. His past major passion has been volunteering for the Multicultural Alliance summer camp Anytown Camp CommUNITY as an Adult Advisor and donor since 1991. The MCA goal is to promote an inclusive community, eliminate bias, bigotry, and oppression and encourage understanding and social justice through shared experiences and educational programming.
Bill started doing volunteer/mentoring at Paschal in early 2010. He learned of the Paschal AVID program and the TCU sponsored GO Center at Paschal staffed by TCU Community Scholars. His passion for mentoring youth comes from his expertise and knowledge concerning "risk factors" for involvement in the Juvenile Justice and Criminal Justice systems. Number one risk factor: Lack of socialization into the mainstream US culture due to lack of formal education, ie "dropouts". Number two risk factor: Lack of parental supervision, family involvement.
Bill says "My involvement with the AVID students at Paschal is one of my ways of paying back the community and 'paying it forward' to an underrepresented and underserved population of first generation to attend college. The students were selected through AP class selection with good character. They have been inspiring to work with and deserving of our support to make the jump to college."