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My SBISD Story: Stephanie Brown



The Definition of Loyalty 

If you look up the word “loyal” in the dictionary, you might see a photo of Stephanie Brown, executive assistant to the finance, administrative, and human resources department in Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD). Stephanie joined SBISD in 2003 and recently celebrated her 20th anniversary – a milestone you rarely witness in today’s work environment.

Before joining the school district, she was a receptionist for a web hosting company for three years. Today, she drives to the SBISD central office from the Cy Fair area, a commute that sometimes takes a while, especially in Houston traffic. But for Stephanie, it’s all worth it.

“I really can’t see myself anywhere else,” said Stephanie. “I love the diversity here and the close-knit bonds that make SBISD a unique, vibrant community.”

A champion for Every Child 

Stephanie loves the district’s heart for people and its commitment to providing an excellent education for all students who traverse the hallways across all its campuses.

“As a longtime employee of the district, I can say without hesitation that it is a champion for Every Child, dedicated to inspiring minds and shaping lives,” said Stephanie.

Stephanie’s initial role as a human resource application processor laid the foundation for her successful career in the district. From there, she moved into various roles, including serving as an administrative assistant at Bunker Hill Elementary. It was a transition that Stephanie embraced. She thrived and discovered a love of watching children grow and learn.

As part of her duties at Bunker Elementary, Stephanie oversaw the school supplies, making her a beloved and often popular fixture in the hallways.

“The kids flocked to me, and it was a role I thoroughly enjoyed. It was fun and rewarding to watch them grow and learn from the sidelines,” said Stephanie.

A friendly and calming presence 

Stephanie remained in that role for five years. Then, she moved back to the human resources department, where she handled an array of responsibilities, including answering phones, handling board activities, and assisting with legal and financial matters. She is also one of the first of many friendly faces that potential new hires encounter when they apply for jobs in SBISD.

“I love helping people, especially during stressful times like conducting background checks or when new hires start their positions,” said Stephanie. “I hope that my presence helps calm them down.”

A dash of hope

Stephanie says she enjoys many aspects of her job. Still, one of the most rewarding is when teacher positions are filled with dedicated and hardworking people passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people.

“At a time when we are still experiencing a teacher shortage, it’s refreshing and hopeful to see people’s interest in the profession,” said Stephanie.

Throughout her tenure in SBISD, Stephanie has watched the district continually foster a supportive environment for teachers, making SBISD an attractive workplace. She can attest firsthand how the district offers a team-oriented environment that encourages personal and professional growth, especially through its leaders.

Learning from her leaders

In Stephanie’s unique position of supporting three different district leaders, she has three different bosses, each bringing their own commendable traits to the table, helping to shape Stephanie’s positive experience working in SBISD.

Among Stephanie’s supervisors is Christine Porter, who serves as associate superintendent for finance. What Stephanie admires most about Christine is her dedication to her work. "She makes me want to do better, to reach higher and achieve more,” said Stephanie.

Karen Heeth, associate superintendent of administration and talent, possesses a contagious passion for education, while Allison Tennison, executive director of talent, demonstrates compassion in her encounters with others.

“I’m incredibly fortunate to have such a great group of supervisors who provide outstanding leadership and serve as excellent role models,” said Stephanie. “They reflect the values of everything SBISD represents seven days a week, 365 days a year.”

An innovative spirit

Working in the district for two decades, Stephanie has witnessed how SBISD has adapted in response to external forces, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was impressed by how quickly SBISD leaders shifted gears and were able to facilitate classes despite what was happening around us,” said Stephanie. “The district demonstrated its creativity, ingenuity, and innovative spirit to ensure limited interruptions in the learning process.”  

Unwavering loyalty

While she is not serving as the glue keeping different administrative functions of SBISD running smoothly, Stephanie is busy caring for her active 4-year-old. She loves doing yoga, which helps keep her grounded and calm.

“Chasing my 4-year-old definitely keeps me on my toes,” said Stephanie with a chuckle.

Her dedication to her job and genuine love for students and educators shine through in all she undertakes. She has been and will continue to be a driving force behind the district’s success for many years to come.

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