Award Year: 2017

Lyons Elementary School

800 Roxella Road
Houston, TX, 77076-4431

(713) 696-2870

Ms. Cecilia Ann Gonzales, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Houston Independent School District

School Website


Lyons Elementary, an exemplary school where excellence is expected, every minute of every day, for every child.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 98%
  • ELL: 53%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 93%
Lyons Elementary performance of the Lion King

Lyons Elementary performance of the Lion King

Lyons has met standards in Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness. Within our walls, you see our mission statement in action, "excellence is expected," and our educators bring exactly that. Excellence comes from good instructional methods and the implementation of effective interventions.
The foundation to good instructional methods is set in a well-managed classroom with high academic expectations. By setting high academic expectations, our educators are facilitating scholar-driven lessons, which gives them opportunities to take independent leadership roles. In these roles, young scholars interact positively with one another in peer conversations, and make real-world connections. Excellence is demonstrated when we maximize instructional time because they are engaged in productive learning activities, from start to finish, with little time lost.

Our educators provide an assortment of techniques to support scholars in their classroom. They integrate higher order thinking skills by asking questions with open-ended responses, scaffold-thinking, and scholar generated questions. Pre-K and kinder teachers demonstrate countless skills through scholar cooperative learning with imaginary and concrete play. Our Technology Specialist introduces and models innovative technology-based apps to teachers to check for student understanding. Also, an array of research-based online learning games and activates are available to our scholars and create a fun, interactive, and dynamic learning environment.

The differentiated instructional approaches at Lyons are managed in a versatile manner which include tactile and problem-based learning. For example, Tier 1 scholars engage in lesson driven activity rotations, scholar-led discussions, and online learning tool sessions. Tier 2 and 3 scholars are offered product and skill-based choices, such as modified work, alternative work products, and text-to-speech computer programs for reading assistance. Gifted and Talented (GT) scholars engage in and present interest-based research projects. ELL learners benefit from all English instruction in Ancillary in order to build vocabulary in the content areas.