Since the moment she arrived from Sam Houston State University to Spring Branch ISD for a teaching position interview, Mary Lou Davalos has appreciated the family atmosphere of the district.
She has spent her entire academic career here, and this year is celebrating 25 years of service to students, families and staff.
“I would not trade my SBISD family for anyone else,” said Davalos. “SBISD offers a myriad of opportunities to learn and grow as a professional. There is a plan and a path for anyone who wishes to do so and opportunities are within reach.”
Davalos certainly has modeled how to grow professionally in SBISD!
- She was first hired as a teacher at Housman Elementary (HSE). “I knew my first year that this was my calling, and so was being in SBISD,” she said.
- Moved to Northbrook Middle School (NBMS) as a teacher
- Became an assistant principal at NBMS
- Returned to HSE as an assistant principal
- Served as the principal at HSE
- Is currently the principal at Spring Oaks Middle School (SOMS)
“There are so many highlights of my career,” said Davalos. “One of them is definitely being given the opportunity to be a leader in the district I love.”
Families have been known to move to ensure their children continue to receive the care and passion of this exceptional teacher and leader, as well as her staff.
“I speak to staff about the ‘apples’ we receive,” she said. “These are moments when students come back to say ‘thank you’ and describe the impact you have made on their futures.”
An example of an ‘apple’ in Davalos’ life occurred when an electrician, who was a former student, came to her home on a service call. He told her she had been “tough,” but he learned from her.
Another was when a student graduating from Northbrook High School selected her as the staff member who had made the biggest impact on him. He delivered a heartfelt speech of appreciation at an event that brought Davalos, and other audience members, to tears.
“It’s nice to know the impact made on so many lives when we didn’t think they were watching or listening,” she said.
During the weeks of distance learning due to COVD-19 restrictions, Davalos has embedded herself with a particular SOMS teaching team to learn about the design and delivery of remote instruction. “I had to experience that in order to know how to lead,” said Davalos. “I am more of a digital learner and designer now.”
She praised the SOMS Panther staff for doing some amazing distance learning work during the pandemic.
In her spare time, Davalos enjoys reading, caring for her parrots and a dog, and spending time with her family’s hobby of breeding horses who compete on racetracks in Texas and Louisiana. “It is a lot of work, but it is a labor of love we enjoy together,” she said.
Thank you, Mary Lou Davalos, for 25 years of dedication, hard work and leadership.
Submitted by Becky Wuerth, SBISD Communications