It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction as the newly appointed Principal of Rodeo Palms Junior High. I am honored for the opportunity to become part of the RPJH family and build upon all the great things already in place.
I would like to take the opportunity to share a few professional and personal things about myself. I am originally from the very small town of Grapeland, Texas where I was raised on a horse ranch before we moved to the Houston area at the end of my 8th grade school year. My husband and I currently live within the Rodeo Palms Junior High community and our youngest child just finished her 8th grade year. We have been nothing but pleased with her experience at RPJH. We have a total of four children (1 son and 3 daughters) and two granddaughters. Our two oldest children have already graduated high school and college, and next year we will have two children attending Manvel High School. In addition to our children, we have four dogs (all girls) that are just as spoiled as our children.
I began my career in the private sector in business management for an environmental company before moving to the university level at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and University of Texas Medical Branch. In 2006, I decided to enter the teaching field where I taught 8th grade science at Alvin Junior High School for two years before moving to Manvel High School. At MHS I taught Chemistry, PAP and AP Chemistry for four years along with serving as an Adjunct Biology and Chemistry Professor at Alvin Community College, and an Education Specialist on a NASA project for the Human Research Program Education Outreach. Through my work on this project, I was offered a full-time position on the NASA STEM project, ISSLive! where I served as the Project Lead. Before returning to AISD in 2014, I served as an Education Specialist with Region IV Education Service Center where I provided professional development to teachers throughout the Houston area and was the co-author of curriculum, such as Supporting STAAR Achievement in Biology and Gateway to Chemistry. Once returning to AISD, I taught PAP and AP Chemistry at Alvin High School for two years, and served as the department chair for science along with being an Adjunct Chemistry Professor at San Jacinto College. My administrative experience consists of one year as an Assistant Principal and two years as the Associate Principal of Alvin High School. My educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and two master’s degrees in Biological Sciences and Environmental Chemistry. I am also currently working on my doctorate in Educational Leadership.
I cannot express enough how honored and excited I am to be a part of RPJH. This upcoming year is going to be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant and help them build relationships while continuously making connections to the real-world. As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone that enters through our doors, from students, teachers, and parents, are excited to be here! My door is always open and I welcome your input.
It is a Great Day to be a Razorback!!
Tonya Patterson, Principal