|Spring Woods High School Building Principal Jennifer Collier|
The once and current Tiger is already at Spring Woods High School as building principal, the school she once served as assistant then associate principal. And while Collier looks back fondly on her three years as school director at Westchester Academy for International Studies (WAIS), she’s ready to use what she’s learned at Spring Woods.
“Westchester is incredible,” she said. “It’s an amazing community and an amazing staff. And the demographics are similar to (Spring Woods). It was a great growth experience for me.”
“Parents have a lot of choices (in SBISD) and I’m proud parents send their kids to WAIS,” said Collier. “I want parents to feel the same way about Spring Woods High School.”
So if Spring Woods High is a homecoming of sorts for Collier, it’s also a natural progression in her career. Her career began in 2003 as assistant band director at Memorial Middle School, then holding the same position several years later at Spring Forest Middle School before moving into campus administration in 2008. She served as assistant principal at Spring Woods for several years before becoming associate principal in 2011, then school director at Westchester in 2013.
She sees being principal much like being a music director – she gets the different parts to perform as a unified whole. And that’s fitting, since her music directors – and her parents – are huge influences in her life.
Her mom was an educator and her dad was a volunteer sports coach. “They made a difference,” she said. “They care about kids.”
And, she said, each of her music directors – from middle and high schools, and college –took a special interest in her.
“That’s why I went into music education,” she said. “They were all such great role models.”
Collier said that a leader is still part of a team, and the Spring Woods High team is one she’s ready to rejoin.
“I’m coming back to Tiger Country to sit on the team again,” said Collier. “My job is to support the team so that they can support kids.”
BA – Music Education, Lamar University
MS – Education Administration, University of Houston
Ed.D – Educational Leadership, Lamar University (anticipated 2016)