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A Look Inside the Alliance Fencing Academy, Official Olympic Training Center

By | 2016-08-22T09:26:25+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|Business, Business Spotlight, Uncategorized|

Photo by Camille Simmons On a recent weekday afternoon at Alliance Fencing Academy in Spring Branch, two young men wearing black masks and white protective gear jousted with epee blades under the watchful eye of a coach. Cords attached to the fencers led to the electronic scoring machines used to track hits. Only a [...]

My Spring Branch: Martha Macris

By | 2016-08-15T10:26:32+00:00 August 15th, 2016|Community, Uncategorized|

Martha Macris is the president and CEO of Memorial Assistance Ministries. Talk about the history of MAM—why was it founded? MAM, like many assistance ministries in Houston, started in the 1980s because of the oil bust. Churches started getting together, and realized they needed to get organized to help their communities. In this area, the [...]

Meet Josef Klam, Spring Branch ISD’s Newest Trustee

By | 2016-08-03T10:50:06+00:00 August 3rd, 2016|Community, Education, Uncategorized|

Rev. Josef Klam In June, Spring Branch ISD trustee Wayne Schaper, Sr. stepped down after 14 years on the board and 55 years of service to the school district. To fill Schaper’s seat until the next election, the board considered dozens of replacements. They ultimately unanimously selected Reverend Joseph Klam, the directing pastor [...]

My Spring Branch: Patti Pace, Educator

By | 2016-10-17T11:44:29+00:00 July 11th, 2016|Community, Education, My Spring Branch|

Patti Pace was recently named Head of School at the Monarch School in Spring Branch, which serves students with special needs. Congratulations on being named Head of School! How does it feel? I feel great. I’m really excited--this is an amazing opportunity to work with students. There’s a great staff here of educators and therapists, [...]

Houston re:Vision: Providing Mentors To Children Who Need Them Most

By | 2016-10-17T11:44:29+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Community, Education|

In 2013, the faith-based nonprofit Houston:reVision began working with the Spring Branch Independent School District to identify some of its most at-risk students. One of the first they encountered was an eighth grader at Northbrook Middle School whom one school administrator described as “the angriest young man I’ve ever known.” When the student met with [...]

My Spring Branch: Wayne Schaper, Sr., Educator

By | 2016-10-17T11:44:29+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Community, Education, My Spring Branch|

Last week Wayne Schaper, Sr. announced that he was stepping down from the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees after 14 years on the board and 55 years with the district. He was first hired in 1961 to teach math and coach sports at Landrum Junior High School (now Landrum Middle School). How did it [...]

SpringSpirit Baseball Uses Sports to Keep Kids In School, Out of Trouble

By | 2016-10-17T11:44:29+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Community|

Before SpringSpirit Baseball acquired the seven-acre property on Pitner Road, just off Hempstead Road in north Spring Branch, it was one of the poorest and most crime-ridden areas of Houston. “It was used for all kinds of stuff—gang initiations, prostitution, all sorts of darkness,” said SpringSpirit’s director of development Alison Young. Today, the SpringSpirit Youth [...]