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About Us

Spring Branch ISD offers a full-day educational program for children who reside in the district and will be four years old either on or before Sept. 1 of the current academic year. This full-day program with certified teachers is one of the first of its kind offered by a large public school district in Texas, and it has served young children for more than a decade.

SBISD also offers a half day program for students that will be three years old on or before Sept.1 of the current academic year.  Students in this program must meet State eligibility requirements.

SBISD’s highly rated PreK and Early Childhood Program operates in five Schools for Early Learning designed especially for young children, as well as several neighborhood campus programs.

Schools for Early Learning

To: Provide a quality, developmentally appropriate learning environment, which is inclusive of young children, educators and parents.

In a way that: is consistently child-oriented, child-directed and teacher facilitated establishes a strong academic foundation and sets the stage for life-long learning creates a safe, secure, positive, and nurturing environment for children and families fosters self-confidence, awareness, discovery, and excitement for all learners builds collaborative, on-going communication and efforts among educators, families, and the community ensures seamless transitions

So that: Children are successful and joyful learners; educators are supported and fulfilled; parents are partners in their child's educational experience, all to the benefit of the entire community.

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     Why Early Childhood?                             

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of a quality early childhood program 

 

Meet the Early Childhood Department

Sharee Cantrell 

Director of PreK & Early Childhood

         
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Welcome to the PreK & Early Childhood department. Our commitment has always been to provide the strongest start possible for each of our students. We are very proud of our programs where children learn through enriched curriculum and projects focusing on authentic problem solving. 


Spring Branch ISD leads the nation in its support of early learning and its commitment to good first teaching. To create self-motivated, life long learners, early childhood programs, Spring Branch ISD provides a developmentally appropriate, integrated curriculum that enhances the social/emotional, intellectual, aesthetic, and physical development of each child while nurturing autonomy, self-esteem, and success.

 

 

 

 

Leslie Marquez

Multi-Classroom Leader/Prekindergarten

   
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My name is Leslie Marquez and my current position is Multi-Classroom Leader for Prekindergarten.  This is my 31st year of teaching and I love what I do more than I did when I first began teaching.  
I was born and raised in Houston.  I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher so it was a natural descison for me to pursue a career in education.  I attended Ole Miss for my first two years of college (GO REBELS!) before graduating from HBU with a BS in Education, specializing in Elementary Education and Early Childhood.   In addition, I have a Masters of Education in Language Arts from the University of St. Thomas.   Currently, I am enrolled to begin a cohort between SBISD and Texas Tech to earn a Graduate Certification in Personalized Learning.  
Spring Branch has afforded me so many incredible opportunities, and I feel honored to be a part of this team. Some of these opportunities I have been afforded include child care, Opportunity of Culture, Presenter’s Academy and the District Improvement Team.  When I am not working, I am spending time with my large Houston family, volunteering at my children’s schools, and watching the Houston Astros!  
My motto has always been, “Love What You Do” and I certainly do!

 

Sharon Mahabir

Prekindergarten Coach

    
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My name is Sharon Mahabir and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with teachers and students as a Spring Branch ISD Prekindergarten Coach. This is my 12th year in education, having previously taught Kindergarten, Second grade, and most recently, Prekindergarten at the Lion Lane School. I am a proud graduate from the University of Houston and received my Master’s degree in Educational Technology from The University of Texas. My evenings are often spent volunteering or spending time with my two handsome grandsons. I am so excited to be collaborating with the wonderful and dedicated PreK teachers of SBISD, and I am looking forward to seeing the positive impact our collaboration will have on our students.   

 

 
Susan Coscio

Prekindergarten Coach

             
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My name is Susan Coscio and I am a Bilingual Prekindergarten Coach.  For the last 17 years, I have been a Prekindergarten Teacher and an Inclusion Specialist at the Lion Lane School in Spring Branch ISD, where students are encouraged to be self-motivated lifelong learners.  I am a proud graduate of St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education. My favorite pastime is spending time with my 16-year-old son. I am excited to be a Prekindergarten Coach, and I look forward to a great year collaborating with teachers to implement effective practices through personalized instruction.

 

Cathe Hefner

Prekindergarten Coach

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My name is Cathe Hefner and am SO excited to be a part of the Early Childhood Prekindergarten Team here in Spring Branch I.S.D.  Most importantly, I am THRILLED to be a Prekindergarten Coach for the amazing teachers in Spring Branch.  Throughout my 21 years in education, I have focused on Early Childhood and Special Education.  Currently, I am working on obtaining a Master’s degree in Special Education from The University of Texas.   When away from work, my husband and 16-year-old son ensure that life is never boring.  I am looking forward to sharing and learning from the dedicated teachers here in Spring Branch so that together we can provide an education that all students deserve.

 

Linda Limas

Early Childhood Administrative Assistant

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My name is Linda Limas. I look forward to supporting the Early Childhood Dept. as part time administrative assistant. I retired from SBISD in June 2016 after working over 26 years.  I started in the district at Thornwood Elementary in 1989 and worked there for 8 years, working with the Bilingual ESL Dept. for one and a half years and at Housman Elementary for 16 years. I believe that a positive attitude, sharing a contagious smile and having a team spirit is what makes you successful in anything you do. Family is very important to me. I have 4 children, 9 grandchildren and have been happily married for 37 years. I enjoy singing in the church choir and being surrounded by friends and family. I am excited to be part the SBISD family and joining the Learner’s Journey to support the Spring Branch T-2-4 goal.