As Brooke Miller arrived at Meadow Wood Elementary on Thursday, May 5, she stepped out of the car, admiring the campus.
Brooke was there to evaluate classroom literacy practices. As a sixth grader attending Cornerstone Academy, she had never done this before.
But on this day, she was Spring Branch ISD’s superintendent, and this was only the first task on her list.
Recently, Brooke was the recipient of a Superintendent for a Day auction item. The auction, organized by the Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF), was held during its annual gala.
The Cornerstone Academy student spent the day with Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Blaine doing the job of the district leader. Together, they visited classrooms, attended various meetings and made some important decisions.
They visited first grade, fourth grade and pre-K classrooms during their time at Meadow Wood Elementary. After evaluating practices, Brooke, Dr. Blaine and Meadow Wood Principal Lynne Barry had a debriefing session, where they discussed anchor charts, reader workshops and student activities.
"I greatly enjoyed this experience,” said Dr. Blaine. “It is important for students to be exposed to potential careers early in their education journey. Brooke had the opportunity to meet a variety of individuals with distinct career paths, which will get her thinking about her own. Activities like this promote T-2-4 success.”
The duo also visited Memorial Drive Elementary, where they discussed classroom practices alongside Principal Thayer Hutcheson.
Brooke had the opportunity to attend a meeting regarding the ongoing work of the 2017 Bond and even received a personalized hard hat. There, she was part of the conversation surrounding school restorations.
She joined Dr. Blaine and other SBISD leaders for lunch, where she discussed her hobbies, future career goals and what she had learned throughout the day.
Brooke also visited Stratford High School, met with Principal Raymorris Barnes and toured their recently renovated auditorium. As a middle schooler, she is looking forward to high school and debated potential extracurricular activities with Barnes.
Before ending her day, she met with SBISD’s Operations team and discussed preparations for the upcoming graduation ceremonies. She also toured Don Coleman Coliseum and was taken through an event rundown.
When asked about her experience for the day, Brooke mentioned she learned a lot.
"I had fun,” said Brooke. “I learned so much and met many new people.”
Brooke is the first SBISD student to step in as Superintendent for a Day. Dr. Blaine noted that she enjoyed the experience and looks forward to many more.
The funds raised by SBEF during the auction will be used for grants for the district. Other items auctioned included vacations and jewelry, among others.
"I want to thank Dr. Blaine for always supporting SBEF and donating her time,” said Cece Thompson, SBEF executive director. “Our main priority is supporting our students and educators. Through initiatives like this, we can fund programs that promote student achievement.”
About Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF):
Spring Branch Education Foundation is committed to supporting SBISD students and educators. It partners with the district and community to fund programs that enhance education and prepare students for the future.
In 2016, Caruthers Institute ranked SBEF 42nd in the nation among 188 K-12 education foundations and in the top 10 of its division of foundations with $1 million to $1,999,999 in revenues. Since 1993, the Foundation has donated more than $15 million to the district. SBEF is a 501(c)3 organization; all donations are tax-deductible.
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