Betsy Conn – Staff Spotlight

Bales fifth-grade language arts teacher Betsy Conn has worked at Bales since its opening 26 years ago. She grew up in Nacogdoches and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University alongside her husband Lance. The two then started looking for jobs and found themselves in Friendswood. “I knew nothing about Friendswood, I didn’t know anything at all,” Conn said. “I … Read More

Brant Perry – Staff Spotlight

Brant Perry usually begins his day at 4 a.m. when he gets ready and makes the drive from Missouri City to the Friendswood ISD bus barn. Once he arrives at work around 6 a.m., he settles in, does his routine check-ups on his bus, and starts his route to pick up his “important passengers.” These passengers are what makes the … Read More

Trevor Reifel – Staff Spotlight

It is funny how sometimes life can bring a person full circle back to where they started, only this time to serve a new purpose; a new role. Friendswood High School Ag Science Teacher and FFA Sponsor Trevor Reifel was someone who experienced the full circle moment in life when he started as an FFA student and came back as … Read More

Lee Whitlock – Staff Spotlight

Mother Teresa once said, “It’s not about how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” No one knows this better than Westwood Elementary Assistant Principal Lee Whitlock. Whether it is taking goods to the homeless population in the Third Ward, going out of his way to encourage his paras and teachers, or simply sharing a smile … Read More

Sean Morgan – Staff Spotlight

Though Friendswood, TX is far from New York’s Broadway, Friendswood Junior High theatre arts teacher Sean Morgan brings a big-stage feel to this small town. Morgan began working at FJH three years ago when the position came open, and he said he knew it was fate. “I had an itch to work doing creative stuff and I had a background … Read More

Danita Jacobson – Staff Spotlight

If you ever met Windsong Intermediate Special Education Teacher Danita Jacobson, you would immediately recognize her kind heart and humble spirit. She would be the first to tell you that she does not like attention but would rather stand in the background and serve others quietly. However, despite her soft-spoken nature, Jacobson’s impact has rung loudly across the Windsong campus … Read More

Audra Byerley – Staff Spotlight

Cline art teacher Audra Byerley was once a student in Friendswood ISD, even attending Cline in kindergarten and first-grade. She described herself as being “awkward” and “quiet” back then, keeping to herself most of the time. But, whenever Byerley was engulfed in art, she did not feel awkward or quiet; she felt happy. Finding it to be an escape for … Read More

Pepper Smith – Staff Spotlight

Whenever Pepper Smith was a little girl, she dreamed of becoming a teacher. She would go with her aunt to her one-room schoolhouse in Collinsville, TX and write on the chalkboard and pretend she was the one in charge. She grew up and went on to graduate from Sam Houston Teachers College, making her dream a reality when she landed … Read More

Sharon Dixon – Staff Spotlight

Whenever Bales 5th grade teacher Sharon Dixon was a little girl, her dad would tell her she could do anything – be anyone – she wanted if she put her mind to it. As she made her way through life, Dixon held tight to her father’s words and became many things: a student, a volunteer, a wife, a mother, a … Read More

Danyelle Moreno – Staff Spotlight

Westwood Elementary gifted and talented teacher Danyelle Moreno knew she wanted to teach since she was a little girl. She would spend her summers volunteering at summer school and loved seeing knowledge be passed along. More than anything though, Moreno loved seeing when students and teachers understood the material and each other. Moreno said she did not always feel understood … Read More