Hi. I’m Karen Holyfield, PEIMS Database Analyst here at Gilmer ISD. I began working at Gilmer ISD in June of 2016 and I love being back in my hometown. I have over 17 years experience in schools with 14 of those years in PEIMS. Everyone asks what is PEIMS because it’s not really that common and I love to explain what I do. PEIMS is Public Education Information Management Systems and what that really means is all the information that pertains to students, staff, finance, and accountability is mostly reported to the Texas Education Agency and Stakeholders (Texas Legislature, SBOE, DVM, and many other acronyms) to be evaluated, disaggregated, and hopefully to help make our students successful and provide more opportunities for growth. PEIMS helps with funding for schools, accountability for students, teachers, adminstrators, and public school districts in Texas. Everything in PEIMS is public information and a wealth of knowledge and reports can be found at the TEA website.
In addition to being a PEIMS Database Analyst, I’m also a Skyward Specialist. I love our student information system and one of my favorite things is to teach others about Skyward. Skyward’s Family Access Portal is a vital tool for parents and students alike. In the portal, a parent could register a student, communicate with teachers and administrators, keep an eye on their child’s attendance and grades, manage any fees for devices, t-shirts, field trips, and more, as well as see report cards and accomodations. If you ever need any help with the portal, please give me a call or any campus registrar for help.
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