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Spring Branch ISD continues commitment to ‘Grow Our Own’ teachers

On April 28 and 29, Spring Branch ISD extended 37 letters of intent to students who have completed the Grow Our Own program in SBISD. This letter represents a commitment to hire the student as a teacher in SBISD upon the student's completion of a college degree program and teacher certification.

The Grow Our Own program is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway that aims to build a diverse and sustainable passage of current students to future teachers who reflect the community in which they teach. The teaching pathway gives students the opportunity to explore public education in a variety of ways, including clinical lab visits in classrooms, having dialogue with principals and the superintendent and interacting with fellow SBISD students and teachers. In addition to partnerships with University of Houston – Downtown and the College of Urban Education, SBISD has secured a Grow Your Own grant from the Texas Education Agency to further expand this program during the next two years.

Students at Memorial, Northbrook, Spring Woods and Stratford high schools were honored at celebrations at their respective campuses with their teachers and families. Also in attendance were Spring Branch ISD Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Blaine, Associate Superintendent of Administration and Talent Karen Heeth, Associate Superintendent of Academics Kristin Craft, Executive Director of Talent Allison Tennyson, Career and Technical Education Director Christina Rice-Imumwen, Career and Technical Education Coordinator Nicole Henneke, Spring Woods High School Principal Jennifer Collier and Stratford High School Principal Raymorris Barnes.

Students voiced during the ceremonies that their goals include becoming middle school teachers and elementary special education teachers and assisting multilingual students in their academic journeys. Congratulations to these future educators:

Memorial High School:

  • Callie Crapitto
  • Gracen Gardner
  • John (Jack) Myers
  • Jennie Genung
  • Madeline Merritt
  • Maya Schachel
  • Sydney Conrad

Northbrook High School:

  • America Cortes
  • Jazmin Eguia
  • Genesis Saldierna
  • Jazmin Perez
  • Mia Velasquez

Spring Woods High School:

  • Alyssa Luna
  • Christian Salas
  • Elsa Gonzalez
  • Kassie Martin
  • Kimberly Montiel
  • Lesly Medina
  • Lesly Mendoza
  • Marleny Martinez
  • Natalie Morales
  • Stephanie Guadarrama
  • Wendy Guadalupe De La Cruz De La Luz
  • Yamilet Arenas
  • Moises Lopez
  • Raistlin Hanley

Stratford High School:

  • Angelina Morales
  • Bradie Babin
  • Veta (Evvi) Garcia
  • Grace Hare
  • Holly Kiker
  • Kendall Lippold
  • Kendall Tacker
  • Kennedy Dupre
  • Kesteren Beck
  • Lauren Dietert
  • Lauren Mavergeorge

View the full photo gallery of celebrations.