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Principal's Message

Welcome to Spring Shadows Elementary, where we are preparing young learners today to be leaders of tomorrow.

As principal, my goal is to ensure that each student is provided with a holistic educational experience that will equip him/her with the tools for becoming successful. Our students will develop academically, think critically, lead purposefully, and make healthy and responsible decisions. Rigorous academic training from our highly trained faculty, combined with effective mentorship and guidance from our school staff, will not only keep every student on the path to excellence, but also foster a learning environment where each young learner will expect the best from themselves and classmates.

With over 16 years of experience as an educator in Spring Branch and HISD, I am passionate about serving the Spring Shadows community. I grew up in San Benito, TX in the Rio Grande Valley and at 14 years old, my family moved to Houston to this very same community.

I attended Northbrook Middle School and Northbrook High School prior to attending Houston Community College and then transferring to Texas A&M in Corpus Christi. I graduated in 2001 with my Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Science. I returned to serve as a bilingual teacher at Ridgecrest Elementary for six years.

As a life long learner, I attained my Master's degree from Texas A&M-College Station in 2009 and upon finishing that degree enrolled as a doctoral student at Texas A&M-College Station. As an educational leader, I have served as a district Bilingual Specialist, Response to Intervention Specialist, Assistant Principal, and entering my fifth year as Principal. 

I am excited about my role in Spring Branch ISD's District of Innovation to grow young leaders and invite you to join us in our mission. We are embarking on a promising journey and would like to bring you along. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your child's learning experience. 

Wildcat Love,

Rachel Martinez