Thursday, August 15, 2013

Spring Branch ISD names director at district’s charter Westchester Academy for International Studies middle and high school campus

Jennifer Collier has been named as the new school director at Westchester Academy for International Studies, or WAIS. Westchester Academy is the district public charter school serving grades six to 12.

WAIS offers the International Baccalaureate degree program to high school students. A native of Port Neches, Texas, Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Lamar University in Beaumont. She has worked in Texas education for 10 years, all in Spring Branch ISD, beginning as an assistant band director at Memorial Middle School.

In 2008, she earned her master’s degree in educational administration and supervision through the University of Houston. Jennifer is pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership through Lamar University.

In addition to teaching and directing bands at Memorial Middle and Spring Forest middle schools, she has served as an assistant and associate principal at Spring Woods High School before accepting her position at WAIS.

“I am excited about the opportunity to join the Westchester Community as their director. My goals for the upcoming year are to continue to grow the outstanding programs that Westchester Academy offers, and to continue to support the unique opportunities that are offered to Westchester Community students,” she says.

“In addition, I look forward to supporting students as they become global thinkers ready to dream big and prepared to live those dreams.” Westchester Academy leadership, faculty and staff are committed to working together to assure that every student is well equipped with the academic and life skills to meet the district goal known as Spring Branch T-2-4.

This goal calls for all of our students to successfully complete some form of higher education after graduation – a technical certification, two-year degree, or four-year degree. Jennifer and her husband, Nathan, are the proud parents of two school-age children, Jackson and Allie, who will soon attend Sherwood Elementary School as part of the dual language program offered there.

Jennifer Collier replaces Nancy Bertin, who served as the interim principal at WAIS recently.


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