Spring Branch ISD 5th Grade Educator was awarded the 2018 Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award

Jared Braun, a six-year district educator, learned of his special award while seated in Don Coleman Coliseum with campus colleagues during the Aug. 10 Convocation for all SBISD employees.

Since 2001, The Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award has been issued to approximately 200 teachers. The recognition is based on nominations. It highlights outstanding teachers with ties to the KIPP Texas Public Schools-Houston, YES Prep Public Schools, Teach for America-Houston and The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston networks serving schools and students in largely under-resourced communities.

The annual Kinder Excellence in Teaching Awards recognize innovative and results-oriented teaching and raise public awareness of the importance of effective and committed teachers. The awards are made possible by philanthropists Nancy and Rich Kinder through the Kinder Foundation.

Read more about it here.
Posted 14 Sept 2018

It’s Nice to Be Appreciated: Staff at Spring Shadows Receive Gift of Lunch           

By Becky Wuerth, Spring Branch ISD Communications (posted 29 Aug 2018)

Thanks to generous donations from community members of the Spring Shadows Elementary Support Group, teachers and staff at Spring Shadows Elementary (SSE) were treated to a variety of snack items plus a pizza lunch on day two of the 2018-2019 school year.

“It is like heaven to have this,” said Kindergarten teacher Laura Almaguer as she selected which type of pizza to have for lunch. “It’s been a ‘long week’ for both students and teachers.”

“This is awesome for the second day of school,” said April Guikens, SSE Kindergarten teacher, as she enjoyed her pizza lunch. “Helping our students through the lunch line takes extra time at the beginning of school, which cuts into our lunch time. It is nice for us to have something prepared and ready to eat.”

Spring Shadows Elementary Support Group, part of the larger Spring Shadows Neighbors organization, is comprised of young parents living in the SSE area with a common goal to provide residents the opportunity to take an active role in supporting neighborhood schools where their children attend and thrive.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of the local community to the students and staff of Spring Shadows Elementary,” said Principal Rachel Martinez. “Little acts of kindness to support our teachers make us better. We are better together!”

“We posted a request for donations on our Facebook page for the ‘snack drive’ benefitting Spring Shadows Elementary,” said Allison Melnar, a member of the school’s support group. Her young children will be future students at the school, but she wants to be involved now to help provide supports and growth opportunities to keep Spring Shadows a strong hub of learning in her neighborhood. “We were overwhelmed with the response to our request for funds. Over $500 was raised in no time at all!”

Last year, the Spring Shadows Elementary Support Group provided microwaves for the teachers’ lounge at SSE, and brought goodie baskets for the staff. The group also collected funds for families at the school who were adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey.

With the input of staff, parents and community, Spring Shadows Elementary is conducting a year-long study of how to provide more personalized learning for the students. The members of Spring Shadows Elementary Support Group are also interested in giving input to the redesign process since it affects the future of the school.

In the meantime, their “small” acts of kindness for SSE, and other sister schools in the area, will continue to bring joy to students and faculties.

“It’s nice when we get recognized and appreciated,” said Karen Simpson, SSE School Nurse, with a smile as she enjoyed the pizza lunch provided by the generosity of the Spring Shadows Elementary Support Group.