Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Spring Branch ISD Names New Spring Woods Middle School Principal

Deborah Silber has been named as the new principal at Spring Woods Middle School. Deborah has 17 years of teaching and administrative experience in Spring Branch and Houston ISDs. For the past two years, she served as an associate principal at Spring Woods High School.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Ms. Silber attended primary and secondary Jewish schools there. After she moved to the United States as a young adult, Ms. Silber earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Houston in 1987. Three years later, she earned an MBA, a master’s degree in business administration, from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a special concentration in organizational behavior.

From 1998 until 2001, she taught at Benavidez and Braeburn elementary schools in HISD. For the next three years, she was an assistant principal at Braeburn Elementary, then assistant principal for two years of Sam Houston High School. Later, she served as principal at Berry Elementary School for seven years.

“I do credit my educational experiences and upbringing for molding my philosophy and outlook on education. I left Venezuela at 20 years old to pursue my dream to live in the United States, and also pursue an education. The knowledge and experience I gained from studying here in America fueled perseverance, and my own path to success. I hope to inspire my students at Spring Woods Middle to pursue the dreams for education and success that they hope to achieve,” she said. 

Principal Silber believes strongly in Spring Branch ISD’s T-2-4 goal, which calls for students of all ages to successfully complete some form of higher education after their graduation, such as  military training, technical certification,  or a two-year or four-year college degree.

She holds state certifications in Principal (Early Childhood-Grade 12), Elementary Self-Contained (Grades 1-6) and Bilingual/English as a Second Language (Grades 1-6).

Outside of school, Ms. Silber loves to travel, read and spend personal time with her two children.

She replaces Karen Liska, who has been appointed the new principal at Hollibrook Elementary School.


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