It is an honor and a privilege, as well as a humbling experience to serve as the President of the Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators (HAABSE). HAABSE is a local affiliate which is governed by our state affiliate – the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE), and our national affiliate – the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE). NABSE, TABSE, and HAABSE are organizations open to educators and non-educators of all nationalities, whose primary objective is to work effectively to close the achievement gap between children of African descent and other student groups.
The challenges of the future dictate that educators renew their personal commitment to a quality education for our students that will transcend traditional education. Thus, HAABSE is laser focused on reminding all educators that we must be more determined than ever to come together and provide educational leadership that provides continued successes for both educators and their students.
If HAABSE is to continue to be the premier organization that serves as an advocate for both educators and students, each of us must take an active role in promoting the programs of the organization and encouraging others who are not members to join HAABSE. As we reflect, we are exceptionally gratified with HAABSE’s past achievements and activities but each of us, educators and friends of education, must endeavor to increase our intensities of commitment.
HAABSE strives to serve as a conduit for greater collaboration of schools, school districts, universities, and the community. These collaborations will be ongoing and further enhance our individual capabilities to educate both today’s and tomorrow’s youth. This organization will continue to formulate effective partnerships with potentially supportive entities. Thus, with this thought in mind, HAABSE will engage in a multitude of activities designed to facilitate this process. The strength of any organization is its members. It is essential that we increase and unify our membership to utilize all of our combined compassion, expertise, and networking power to further advance the goals of HAABSE.
Again, welcome to the HAABSE website. We look forward to working with you!
Dr. Kwabena Mensah