Monday, February 27, 2017

Campus Teachers of the Year Announced

Spring Branch ISD campuses have named more than 40 elementary and secondary educators as nominees for the annual campus Teacher of the Year competition and celebration. Nominations were submitted by campus and community members.

The district’s Teacher of the Year Committee will review nomination materials and then vote to select three elementary and secondary finalists for 2017 Teacher of the Year honors. After finalist group interviews, the district committee votes to pick its top candidate at each teaching level.

Superintendent of Schools Scott R. Muri, Ed.D., will recognize the district finalists and then announce the new Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year during this year’s Service Awards celebration, which will be held May 9 at the downtown Minute Maid Park facility during a Houston Astros baseball game.

As district winners, the two teachers receive a trophy-style Golden Apple Award as well as other awards and recognitions, including a $1,000 cash award and a $2,000 professional growth stipend.

SBISD’s Teachers of the Year represent the school district in regional competition. If successful at the regional level, they advance to compete for a top state honor – Texas Teacher of the Year.

During the past three decades, SBISD has had four teachers named regional and state Teacher of the Year winners. Numerous district-level educators have either been regional-level finalists or earned separate district, state and national awards.

This year’s SBISD Teacher of the Year nominees are:

Elementary Schools (Prekindergarten)

The Bear Boulevard School for Early Learning, Abby Tenorio
The Lion Lane School for Early Learning, Griselda Balbuena
The Panda Path School for Early Learning, Sarah Morris
The Tiger Trail School for Early Learning, Maricela Akshar
The Wildcat Way School for Early Learning, Cheryl Patterson

Elementary Schools

Bendwood Campus, Christina Swingle
Buffalo Creek Elementary, Anita Joshi
Bunker Hill Elementary, Megan Uzick
Cedar Brook Elementary, Marianela Amaya
Edgewood Elementary, Sandra Solis
Frostwood Elementary, Tracy Muras
Hollibrook Elementary, Kimberly Keefe
Housman Elementary, Kimberly Wiley
Hunters Creek Elementary, Nam Nguyen
Meadow Wood Elementary, Amy Griffith
Memorial Drive Elementary, Kim Kinard
Nottingham Elementary, Kelly Borally
Pine Shadows Elementary, Natasha Patel
Ridgecrest Elementary, Theresa Doherty
Rummel Creek Elementary, Rebecca Ramey
Spring Branch Academic Institute-Elementary, Sally Craddock
Shadow Oaks Elementary, Anne Marie Thomeer
Sherwood Elementary, Kara Ayala
Spring Branch Elementary, Serenity Bratton
Spring Shadows Elementary, Ashley Lopez-Davila
Terrace Elementary, Rosie Jones and Sarah Curry
Thornwood Elementary, Cristina Gossett
Treasure Forest Elementary, Tania Valladares
Valley Oaks Elementary, Amanda Kvinta
Westwood Elementary, Renee Mendez
Wilchester Elementary, Joanne Thomas
Woodview Elementary, Alyssa Grady

Secondary Schools

Academy of Choice, Vutheary Lazo
Cornerstone Academy, Linda Bosworth
District Alternative Education Program (DAEP), Ricardo Concepcion
Guthrie Center for Excellence, Erin Land
Landrum Middle School, Maricela Olivarez
Memorial High School, Stephanie Mosley
Memorial Middle School, Pilar Rivera
Northbrook High School, Jonathan Claydon
Northbrook Middle School, Crystal Nicholas
Spring Branch Middle School, George Ochoa
Spring Forest Middle School, Alissandre Robbins
Spring Oaks Middle School, Edith Lewis
Spring Woods High School, Alicia Maples
Spring Woods Middle School, Anthony Bergstrom
Stratford High School, Suza Sharp
Westchester Academy for International Studies, Daniel Robison

SBISD Community Relations Department wins at TSPRA Awards Celebration

Spring Branch ISD’s Communications and Community Relations departments were recognized by the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) with 18 separate awards following competitive judging and public announcement during the TSPRA Star Awards Celebration held in Galveston last week. SBISD walked away from the Galveston gathering with 10 Gold Star Awards, three Silver Awards, two Bronze Awards, and three separate Best of Category wins.

The Star Awards Celebration was held Feb. 22 at the San Luis Resort and Conference Center. TSPRA members received honors from the professional association for outstanding work in education communications at the 55th annual conference of communication and public relations professionals. TSPRA is a professional nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public schools through effective communication.

SBISD competes in all TSPRA categories in the largest school district division, school districts with more than 30,000 students.   

Recognitions in TSPRA Best of Category, a high level recognition, included; “The Learner’s Journey” for website design, “By the Numbers” for external news publication, and “May the Force (and Coding) be With You!” for published news feature.

Gold Star Awards were earned in the following categories:

  • Annual Report, for “A Place for Every Child”
  • Image/Identity Package, for the “Learner’s Journey” brand
  • Published News Feature, for “May the Force (and Coding) be With You!”
  • Flyer, for “A Vision Lock Experience”
  • Mobile App, for the “Leadership U” App
  • External News Publication, for “By the Numbers”
  • External News Publication, for “A Celebration – Class of 2015”
  • Website, for “The Learner’s Journey”
  • Special Event, for “Every Child – Convocation 2015”
  • Poster, for “Leadership U”
Silver Star Awards were earned in the following category:
  • Website (Template), for “Superintendent Media Website”
  • Marketing Campaign, for “Thinking Bigger –Core Values in Action”
  • Brochure, for “Be proud. Be Brave. Be a Learner.”
Bronze Star Awards were earned in the following categories:
  • Video General Interest, for “May the Force (and Coding) be With You!”
  • Video General Interest, for “Read Across the Globe – Sherwood Elementary”
Community Relations Officer Linda Buchman leads the department. Communications staff members include Steve Brunsman, Paul Bryant, Rusty Graham, Melissa Wiland and Kristen Watts Cain.

Community Relations includes Monica Creixell, Victoria Graham, Pat Waldrop, Abby Walker and Becky Wuerth. Team members are supported by Betty Head, Sarah Soliz and Norma Trevino.

A full list of winners is available here on the TSPRA website.

Spring Branch ISD Spelling Bee Results

Sixth-grader Sarah Hwang (left) and seventh-grader Patrick LeClair (right) finished first and second, respectively, in the annual Spring Branch ISD Spelling Bee.
Sarah Hwang, a Memorial Middle School sixth-grader, and Patrick LeClair, a Spring Forest Middle School seventh-grader, finished first and second, respectively, in the annual Spring Branch ISD Spelling Bee.

The spelling competition was conducted on Feb. 22 at Westchester Academy for International Studies.

Hwang won the district winner’s trophy after spelling correctly through 10 rounds of words, and then nailing both the words “Scandinavian” and “rabble-rouser” for district judges to be crowned best in SBISD.

The final round words were dictionary choices rather than the assigned word lists where a student might be aided by memory cues and advance practice.

“I was nervous,” said Hwang, who has been a Spelling Bee participant two years in a row. “I did not know what words they might be, and I didn’t know the words but broke them down to make spelling them easier.”

The Memorial Middle sixth-grader is a big fan of reading and writing. As a Spelling Bee winner, she received a trophy and Kindle Fire tablet. Hwang will now advance to the annual Houston Public Media regional Spelling Bee later this spring.

District Runner-up Patrick LeClair had one of the spelling bee’s best presentation styles, which he attributes to Spring Forest Middle theater and choir training. He was runner-up in the middle school’s spelling bee and is also a two-year Spelling Bee participant.

Twenty-three elementary and middle schools sent winners and runner-ups to the Westchester Academy auditorium for the recent morning spell-off contest.

Roberta Smiley, a volunteer and former National Spelling Bee finalist, served as the pronouncer. She was joined by three judges – Sunny Bell-de la Garza, Gifted and Talented Program facilitator; Julie Hummel, SBISD Professional Development coordinator; and Patricia Kassir, Personalized Learning coordinator.

The Spelling Bee was sponsored by the Advanced Academic Studies Department. Amy Ellingson is department facilitator.

Campus Winners and Runners-Up

Elementary Schools

Buffalo Creek Elementary – Josefina Colato, Winner; Orle Hekimian, Runner-up

Campus Coordinator: David Rodriguez
Bunker Hill Elementary – Joshua Tolentino, Winner; Anuj Kothari, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Jill Melancon
Cedar Brook Elementary – Ariel Robles, Winner*; June Lim, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Stella Aramayo
Edgewood Elementary – Nicola Cepeda, Winner*; Emily Salgado, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Barbara Dunn
Frostwood Elementary – Winston Wu, Winner; Kristina Baltic, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Peggy Gioacchini
Hunters Creek Elementary – Natalie Jones, Winner; Kylee Pham, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Deana Ratnala and Jenny Robertson
Meadow Wood Elementary – Harrison Brooks**; Jonathan Barnes, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Kay Taylor and Leigh Ann Brooks
Memorial Drive Elementary – Cole Hartung, Winner**; Luke Jackson, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Amy Lindsay
Nottingham Elementary – Kevin Nguyen, Winner; Madisyn Chu, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Stacey Zubair
Pine Shadows Elementary – Jamil Guzman, Winner; Madeleine Blasingame, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Maria De Los Santos
Ridgecrest Elementary – Alan Caro, Winner; Pamela Ramos, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Ana Avendano
Shadow Oaks Elementary – Sara Moussa, Winner*; Anthony Murillo, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Ann Marie Thomeer
Spring Branch Elementary – Angel Mendoza, Winner; Steven Urbina, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Allison Burt
Spring Branch Academic Institute – Yousif Al-Jadir, Winner
Campus Coordinator: Becky Reese and Ashlee McCauley
Terrace Elementary – Sumit Sahoo, Winner; Mia Yetiv, Runner-Up*
Campus Coordinator: Veronica Evetts and Jackie Short
Valley Oaks Elementary – Clinton Woodmansee, Winner; Juliana Siwek, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Becky Reese
Westwood Elementary – Diego Pantoja, Winner; Kyle Doan, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: HaLam Tran
Wilchester Elementary – Sheza Khan, Winner; Haram Park, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Jean Cataldo

Middle Schools

Cornerstone Academy – Sydney Krenz, Winner; Macy Hemp, Runner-Up**

Campus Coordinator: Holly Smetek
Memorial Middle – Sarah Hwang, Winner; Mitchell Gorodetsky, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Lisa Suchart
Spring Branch Academic Institute – Srijan Velamuri, Winner**
Campus Coordinator: Becky Reese and Ashlee McCauley
Spring Branch Middle – Hannah Krenz, Winner*****; Tabitha Koch, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Sandra Hardie
Spring Forest Middle – Jillian Harris, Winner*: Patrick LeClair, Runner-Up*
Campus Coordinator: Terri Cyphers
Westchester Academy – Daniel Rampersaud, Winner**; Joshua Chin, Runner-Up
Campus Coordinator: Patty Carr

*Notes previous participation in the SBISD Spelling Bee

Friday, February 24, 2017

Spring Branch ISD FFA Pavilion Dedication

This year’s yearly Spring Branch ISD FFA Show and Sale had a pre-event ceremony that spotlighted a two-year community project led by district FFA graduate Ben Johnson.

Johnson, now a Texas A&M sophomore majoring in agricultural leadership and development, hosted a celebration marking the completion of an open-air, covered learning pavilion at the district Ag Center, located at 1905 Brittmoore.

Several dozen special guests gathered Feb. 11 at the 30-foot by 60-foot pavilion built next to the FFA show center and chapter garden for the dedication.

Johnson’s project, which included raising funds and construction, was part of the ambitious project commitment the young FFA student made after being selected in high school as a Texas FFA Ford Scholars Program member. That program was supported by the Texas Ford Dealers Association and the Ford Motor Co.

“From my own perspective, the leadership training we received through the Ford Leadership Scholars program was invaluable,” Johnson said. “The decisions I make now are based on the core values of vision, action, relationships, awareness, character and continuous improvement that I learned through this program.”

Johnson was one of 10 Texas students who earned Ford program membership as a district FFA member.

Representatives attending the pavilion dedication included Aaron Alejandro, who is Texas FFA Foundation executive director; Mitchell Dale and Larry Gach with the Ford dealers association and Ford Motor Co., respectively; and Joel Cowley, president of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and Johnson’s FFA mentor.

SBISD representatives included Jane Primrose, assistant principal at The Guthrie Center and Johnson’s former ag instructor, and Board of Trustees members J. Carter Breed and Pam Goodson. Former U.S. Congressman Bill Sarpalius also attended.

Texas FFA’s Aaron Alejandro said he had known Johnson since childhood and was proud of the young adult’s accomplishments.

“The investment you have made is not here in this building, but in leadership. You dreamed a big dream, and made it come true,” he said.

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo President Joel Cowley noted that Johnson had a “richness” in thinking about his project that is also present in the Ford Leadership Scholars program. As a mentor, he helped Johnson choose the pavilion over other project options.

“I’m responsible for this two-year odyssey,” Cowley quipped. “Ben balanced this work project with his academics at A&M . . . and I believe that young people will use this facility for decades to come.”

As a part of the pavilion dedication, several trees were also planted nearby. Jane Primrose noted that ag students are project oriented, combining real knowledge and classroom learning with hands-on projects, which can result in many lessons.

“The things Ben has really done here are about relationships. This program today would not be possible without all the relationships involved,” she said.

Several other Ford Leadership Scholars Program award winners and Texas A&M students joined Johnson at the pavilion opening. They included Brittney Borserine of Allen, Caitlin Lakey of Kingwood, and John Derry of Bandera.

Spring Branch ISD FFA Show and Sale Results:

Northbrook High School Firefighter Cadets Find Calling, Passion

Daniel Rodriguez likes helping people.

The Northbrook High School senior likes helping people so much, in fact, that he spent his entire winter break at the Jersey Village Fire Department (JVFD), riding along on emergency calls and helping out where he could.

OK – he didn’t really spend his entire winter break at the fire station. He did go home for four hours on Christmas Day to spend some time with his family.

But Rodriguez and several of his Northbrook High colleagues are serious about firefighting as a career, and are in training at Northbrook High and JVFD. Students – instructor Ken Dies calls them cadets – who successfully complete the academic and practical work and then pass state certification tests will be eligible to hired as firefighters – right out of high school.

“I don’t even look at them as high school kids,” Dies said. “They have to show they’re upping their game.”

Dies, a retired firefighter who wrote the curriculum for the high school fire academy, was hired at Northbrook several years ago to teach engineering. He and SBISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director Joe Kolenda had talked about the possibility of a fire academy.

They got with Northbrook High Principal Randolph Adami, who carved out some space near the woodworking area and started the program in the fall of 2015.

Dies needed a department to partner with and found Jersey Village Fire Department, which already had a Junior Firefighter program and that mirrored what Dies wanted to do.

“It’s a small enough department … but large enough to accommodate our students,” Dies said. “Chief (Mark) Bitz really went above and beyond.”

Bitz said that he thinks its “awesome” working with the high school cadets.

“We help kids who are disadvantaged … to get a job in a career” like firefighting, Bitz said. “It’s just a great program, for them and us.”

Principal Adami agrees.

“(The academy) provides students with an excellent opportunity for a career right out of high school,” he said, referencing SBISD’s T-2-4 goal, which looks for every SBISD students to complete a technical certificate, military training or a two- or four-year degree. “It’s a great option for someone that a traditional four-year school isn’t right for.”

Students have to maintain standards just like any fire cadet, and also must keep up their grades to participate in the academy.

“It’s ‘no pass no play’,” said Bitz. “That’s part of the rules.”

Back at Northbrook High, Rodriguez and fellow cadets Roland Royce, Gerardo Espinoza and Stephanie Luna have just finished a timed “bunker” drill, where they dress out in protective gear and breathing apparatus. Standing outside the shop area, they talk about their passion and dedication to firefighting.

Luna became interested in firefighting after watching firefighters work a fire at her apartment complex and saw only one female. “I thought ‘they’re needs to be more females’” in the fire service, she said.

Royce likes firefighting because he can be financially secure and help people at the same time.

“Every time the alarm goes off, somebody’s having a bad day,” he said.

Espinoza appreciates that the academy offers both classroom training and hands-on experience. “A lot of people don’t have both,” he said.

Espinoza, who said he’s been on more than 300 calls with Jersey Village firefighters, tells a visitor that he’s found his passion.

“Man, I love this job.”

By Rusty Graham

H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards Finalist!

Spring Woods High School chemistry teacher Jamie Flint (left) has been named as a finalist in the 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards competition. Photo courtesy of H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.
Spring Woods High School chemistry teacher Jamie Flint has been named as a finalist in the 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards competition, earning well deserved recognition as one of the best educators in Texas.

On Thursday, Feb. 24, the Spring Woods High teacher was surprised inside her classroom by a team from H-E-B. She is a finalist for H-E-B’s Leadership Award, secondary level, which honors teachers with 10 to 20 years in the classroom.

She was presented with a personal check for $1,000; a separate $1,000 check was given to the high school. H-E-B representatives also presented Flint with balloons, flowers and a specially decorated cake.

Photo courtesy of H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.

Flint, who was the 2012 Secondary Teacher of the Year in Spring Branch ISD, is now in competition on a statewide level for cash awards totaling $430,000 that will be issued to top teachers and principals. Flint and other finalists are invited May 6-7 to Austin to learn if they are big H-E-B winners.

H-E-B’s Excellence in Education is the largest monetary awards program open to educators in Texas, and among the largest such programs in the nation. Teacher nominations are open to H-E-B customers, employees and community members.

Applications must be submitted by nominees, and a team of judges narrows the field for final review. A final judging panel that includes former award winners, administrators, and community and university leaders unaffiliated with teacher and principal finalists, makes final choices on winners.

A 2004 graduate of Texas A&M University at College Station, Flint has taught at Spring Woods High since graduation. In addition to teaching the three levels of chemistry – academic, Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) and AP – she is department co-team leader, a TAKS chemistry tutorial teacher, and an ACTIVboard trainer at the high school.

She has presented at the region, state and national level on her topics of interest in chemistry, teaching and technology, and was in a first cohort of SBISD teachers to “flip” instruction through the use of digital devices and video lectures.

“I like to see success in all my students,” Flint says. “Effective teachers radiate their passion and tell their students that failure is not an option and, if they try hard enough, they will prevail. Every student needs cheering for them.”

Learn more about Jamie Flint >>

To tweet about the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, tag @HEB and use the hashtag #HEBEeducation. You can also find the awards on Facebook.

Thank you for sharing your voice!

During the month of February, the SBISD Communications team conducted its first communication audit in nearly a decade. The findings will provide actionable data, perceptions and insights into stakeholder satisfaction with the quality of our communications. The findings will inform identified opportunities for continual improvement.

The audit, conducted by national experts in the field of school public relations, included three main components - a review of the Share a Smile customer service program, a community-wide online survey for internal and external stakeholders, and numerous face-to-face stakeholder feedback sessions.  

The SCOPE® survey tool used in the audit aligns with the National School Public Relations Rubrics of Practice and Suggested Measures and will enable SBISD to benchmark our results against national standards.  

SBISD thanks the 994 employees, 951 parents and 450 community members who responded to the survey, and the more than 100 staff, parents and community members who participated in one-hour focus groups.

Findings of the audit will be presented to the Superintendent, senior staff and SBISD Communications team in early April. 

Founders Day Honors Middle School Social Worker

Left to right:  Suzanne Stiles, president of Spring Branch ISD Council of PTAs, and School Bell award winner Lourdes Jimenez
A Spring Forest Middle School staff member who is employed with Communities in Schools (CIS) was named recently as the School Bell Award winner during the annual Founders Day Dinner. The year’s celebration was held Feb. 16 at Rummel Creek Elementary School.

School Bell award winner Lourdes Jimenez, a social worker with Communities in Schools at Spring Forest Middle, wears blue jeans and has worn a purple streak in her hair. Kids flock to Ms. Jimenez and her aura of calmness and acceptance.

“Lourdes Jimenez does whatever it takes, regardless of time, resources and money, to help children and families in our community. She truly has the biggest heart of any person you have ever encountered, and she is described by parents, teachers, community members and administrators alike as an angel,” her nomination states.

“Ms. Jimenez goes above and beyond to find and reach any child that needs help, whether the issue is emotional, social or academic,” it also states. 

Sponsored by the Spring Branch ISD Council of PTAs, the annual Founders Day dinner honors and recognizes parent volunteers who serve on campus or district PTA organizations, parents who have served campus PTAs for many years, and local educators who are nominated for the top School Bell Award.

The SBISD Council of PTAs represents more than 10,000 parents locally. It is an active and key grassroots group supporting the ongoing excellence and vitality of SBISD schools.

Founders Day is celebrated in memory of a February 1897 meeting in Washington, D.C., marking the first meeting of the Parent Teacher Association ever held in the United States.

The Feb. 16 dinner included keynote remarks by Superintendent of Schools Scott R. Muri, Ed.D. The Rummel Creek Elementary Choir and Fiddlers also provided special event entertainment.

SBISD Council of PTAs leaders who provided program support included Suzanne Stiles, president; Susan Wienert, vice president, programs; Tammy Hampton, awards chair; Kristin Hopper, Founders Day event chair; and Michelle Majewski, vice president leadership.

The Founders Day Dinner was made possible through support from campus and local business groups: Rummel Creek Elementary; Caliente Restaurant; Nothing Bundt Cake; Hudella Real Estate; Bel’s Bakes; First Community Credit Union; Randall’s Grocery Store; and Hand and Stone Massage.

2016-2017 School Bell Nominees

School Bell Award nominees represent outstanding SBISD staff members who promote the purposes of the PTA and advocate for all children.

Wendy Franco, Bendwood Elementary
Claudia Puente, Bunker Hill Elementary
Tobey Unrath, Buffalo Creek Elementary
Sarah Warren, Cedar Brook Elementary
Bill Burger, Cornerstone Academy
Laura Whitnel, Frostwood Elementary
Delia Dunavin, Hunters Creek Elementary
Jessica Leonard, Meadow Wood Elementary
Gianina Dixon, Memorial Drive Elementary
Rebecca New, Memorial High School
Liz Rushing, Memorial Middle School
Stacey Zubair, Nottingham Elementary
Dominga Herrera-Fernandez, Northbrook Middle
Sharon Cates, Pine Shadows Elementary
Erin Hiner, Rummel Creek Elementary
Carmen Cordova, Sherwood Elementary
Marta Petraglia, Spring Branch Middle School
Lourdes Jimenez, Spring Forest Middle School
Maria Luna, Spring Shadows Elementary
Horacio Fernandez, Spring Woods High School
Max Ayala, Spring Woods Middle School
Carol Salva, Stratford High School
Rosie Jones, Terrace Elementary
Tuoi Robichaux, Tiger Trail School for Early Learning
Erin Mills, Valley Oaks Elementary
Eliana Razo, Westchester Academy for International Studies
Jennifer Franson, Wilchester Elementary
Deneen Stanfield, Woodview Elementary

2015-2016 Texas PTA Lifetime Members

Lifetime Member Award recipients are selected by school PTAs and represent outstanding volunteers or educators who give generously of their time, expertise and enthusiasm.

SBISD Council of PTAs Lifetime Membership Award winners this year were Kristin Hopper and Minda Caesar.

Elementary Schools

Bendwood Campus: Delyar Pace

Bunker Hill Elementary: Kelly Basham, Shannon Childress, Amanda Davison, Rebecca Howard, Lori Maddox, Katie Moses, Sheila Smith, Adam Stiles, Suzanne Stiles, Megan Uzick

Cornerstone Academy: Danielle Allen, Linda Baker, Melinda Feeney, Katie Fitzpatrick, Robin Tompkins

Frostwood Elementary: Dayna Beardsley, Suzanne Farrow, Lisa Lauter, Kristi Robishaw, Janice Teske, Christy Engvall, Rick Carr, Dean Lane

Hollibrook Elementary: Laura Flores, Veronica Flores, Marisela Gonzalez, Maria Torres

Hunters Creek Elementary: Nan Chandler, Kimberly Conrad, Allyson Glass, Michelle Kelley, Jill Oliver, Pamela Thompson, Katie Wall

Meadow Wood Elementary: Frederick Belledin, Patricia Belledin, Melissa Endicott, Katie Fitzpatrick, Larry Maple

Memorial Drive Elementary: Ginger Butler (Extended Service Award), Toni Listengart, Ricardo Montano (Extended Service Award), Melissa Moss, Monica Muschalik, Roslyn Pittsford

Memorial High School: Susan Hilder, Gary Koch, Lisa Larberg (Extended Service Award), Darla Shirley, Jim Stones (Extended Service Award), Emily Waltman

Memorial Middle School: Cathy Blundell, Ave Duran, Dulce Segovia, Lauren Simpson, Mickie Strait, Stephanie Tippitt, Francine Todes

Nottingham Elementary: Mary Hoffman, Nancy Lancaster, Michelle Pendleton, Maria Thurow

Pine Shadows Elementary: Ashley Harlan, Michelle Morford, Natalie Plavney, Sarah Pollicove

Rummel Creek Elementary: Kris Burk, Mary Kerr, Amy Mahood, Shannon Otermat, Karen Ross (Extended Service Award), Jill Terrell, Francine Todes, Marnie Vandenburg, Pam Wichmann

Sherwood Elementary: Heather Camfield, Kelly Schuler

Spring Branch Middle School: Cathleen Ezanidis, Margaret Sanders, Suzanne Stiles, Merrie Watkins

Spring Forest Middle School: Lori Brown, Susi Hagedon, Kelly Harkins, Kenneth Jones

Spring Woods High School: Theresa Rivera

Stratford High School: Diane Fishman, Scott Kennedy, Gene Rutland, Robin Udstuen, Amy Watkins, Lauren Yonkin

Valley Oaks Elementary: Bruce Burgner, Kim Graham, Lyn Greenwood, Rebecca Kim, Connie Pike, Mary Kay Schuessler, Winnie Youngblood

Wilchester Elementary: Elizabeth Elliott, Leigh Fowler, Christine Gentil, Mimi Hamilton, LaJeana Hardig

SBISD Council of PTAs: Wayne Schaper Sr., Dmel Tatum

Secondary Schools

Academy of Choice, Vutheary Lazo
Cornerstone Academy, Linda Bosworth
District Alternative Education Program (DAEP), Ricardo Concepcion
Guthrie Center for Excellence, Erin Land
Landrum Middle School, Maricela Olivarez
Memorial High School, Stephanie Mosley
Memorial Middle School, Pilar Rivera
Northbrook High School, Jonathan Claydon
Northbrook Middle School, Crystal Nicholas
Spring Branch Middle School, George Ochoa
Spring Forest Middle School, Alissandre Robbins
Spring Oaks Middle School, Edith Lewis
Spring Woods High School, Alicia Maples
Spring Woods Middle School, Anthony Bergstrom
Stratford High School, Suza Sharp
Westchester Academy for International Studies, Daniel Robison

Three SBISD Middle School Artists Among 30 Finalists in Local People’s Choice Art Awards

"Lit Liberty" by Danna Nguyen

Congratulations to Northbrook Middle School students Danna Nguyen and Thanh Tran, and Spring Branch Middle School student Kellen Kroger on being named finalists in the Bayou City Art Festival’s 2017 Direct Energy Middle School Art Competition People’s Choice Awards!  

We’re #SBProud that three of the 30 finalist are from Spring Branch schools! This year’s competition was fierce with over 320 student entries. SBISD had a total of 30 student participants.

"Cherry Blossoms" by Thanh Tr
Danna, Thanh and Kellen’s artwork, along with the other 27 student finalists, will be on display at the Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park on March 24-26. Make sure to mark your calendar for the celebration. 

The student art competition is supported in partnership by the Art Colony Association and Bayou City Art Festival. Spring Street Studios held a viewing of all 320 pieces of student artwork. View photos here.

Between now and then, go online and show your #SBPride by voting for your favorite piece of student art. One winner will be named the People’s Choice Winner on March 26 at the festival. 

"Red Leaf" by Kellen Kroger

Online voting is active through March 15, 2017.

Thank you to Direct Energy, the Art Colony Association, and the Bayou City Art Festival for supporting our students. We look forward to seeing everyone at the festival next month!

For more information, visit the Art Colony Association’s Education page on their website:

Trustee Election Set for Saturday, May 6

The next election for two positions on the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees is scheduled for Saturday, May 6. 

The Trustee positions for the upcoming election are Position 1, currently held by incumbent Josef D. Klam, and Position 2, which is held by incumbent Chris Gonzalez.

Klam, 43, is a pastor and is unopposed for Position 1. Klam was appointed to the seat in June of last year after the resignation of Wayne Schaper Sr.

Gonzalez, 41, who lists her occupation as director, will face Mary Curry Mettenbrink, 37, a non-profit executive, for Position 2. Gonzalez was appointed in 2011 after the resignation of Mary Grace Landrum and has twice been elected to the seat.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. 

Voters cast ballots at their zoned middle school. 

Click below for a list of polling place.

Click below if you’re unsure of your polling place

Early voting will be open on April 24 and run through May 2

Click below for early voting locations

All registered voters who reside in SBISD are eligible to vote in SBISD Board of Trustees Elections. 

For more information, please call:

Diane Dickens
SBISD Administrative Assistant