Anisa Diaz Jones, Principal


 I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to lead a school that has a heart for students and excellence in the tradition of academics and extracurricular opportunities. I have been dedicated to guiding and leading students in education for 15 years. My experience ranges from 6th grade teacher of all subjects, STEM academy leader, dance coach, Middle School Instructional Coach, and Assistant and Directing Elementary Principal. I am excited and eager to  bring my skills as an educational leader and work with you as a partner in the success of our Bobcats.

As a team leader of teachers and staff, I will work hard to build on the legacy of success established at Spring Forest Middle School by building strong, authentic relationships with parents, students and community partners. Our goals are to ensure that we address the students holistically, caring about their lives and their academics. We will create opportunities and access to the skills students need to feel confident and own their learning. It is our goal to provide instruction that is relevant, engaging, collaborative, and rigorous for EVERY student! Nosotros somos una familia! We are a family! Our journey begins now as we lead our Bobcats into a prosperous year with intentionality in planning, professional development, advocating for all students, and having open and active communication from all stakeholders. Together we will build Spring Forest Middle School’s capacity as achievers and leaders!

Brittany Carr, 6th Grade Assistant Principal

Hi Bobcats! My name is Brittany Carr and this is my fourth year at Spring Forest!! I started my career in Spring Branch nine years ago as an English II teacher at Northbrook High School. After leaving NHS I served as a Transformational Learning Specialist at Memorial Middle and Spring Forest Middle. A year after, I was honored to be selected as an Assistant Principal at Spring Forest! I just saw my first group of students through SFMS and am excited about taking on another group. I look forward to working with our 6th graders and our families to make a successful transition to middle school. 

A little about me…I was born and raised in Southern California where I earned my BA in English from UCLA (GO BRUINS!). I left CA and moved to Houston when I graduated from UCLA. I later earned a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston. I love reading, being creative, and all things Disney! 

I am so looking forward to this new school year! 

Deana Ratnala, 7th Grade Assistant Principal

Hello, Bobcats!

I am so excited to be joining you as the 8th grade assistant principal!  I am currently in my 20th year in education and have worked at both the elementary and middle school levels.  I have always loved learning and continue to do so every day.  I received my bachelor's degree from Texas State University (still hard to say, as it will always be Southwest Texas to me), and my master's in educational leadership from St. Thomas University. 

I believe that it is our responsibility as educators to teach our children to become independent thinkers, empowering them to seek and interconnect knowledge and experiences, to ultimately help them become lifelong learners and honorable community members.  We are also role models for our students, and as such, I strongly believe that we should lead them by example in treating others with dignity and respect.

I was born in Michigan and moved to Texas when I was five.  I grew up in San Antonio (Go Spurs, Go!), and I still go there often to spend time with my parents and brother.  I moved to Houston in 2009, when I was blessed to meet my amazing husband.  We have an adorable Japanese Chin rescue dog named Penny, who melts our hearts every day.  We are both sports fans, and always look forward to football season to root for the Texans and the Longhorns.  We both love to learn, so our favorite vacation spots usually include museum visits in places like Washington D.C., or revolve around exploring the world's natural beauty, preferably in the mountains where it is cooler.  Banff National Park is one of our favorite places to visit!!!  In my free time, I enjoy reading, exercising, volunteering at the Wildlife Rescue Center (especially with the squirrels), dining out, watching movies and spending time with friends.      

I am excited to see everyone and begin this new year.  Here's to a great new school year!

Greg Tammen, 8th Grade Assistant Principal

My name is Greg Tammen and I am excited to join the SFMS Bobcat Family! This is my 27th year in education and 9th year in SBISD. I have worked in both elementary and middle school settings before coming to SFMS. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and my Master’s Degree from Westfield State University.

I was born in Illinois but grew up in Iowa. I like to travel, go to the beach and am an expert Lego builder. 

I love Spring Forest for the diversity it offers, and I am so excited to work with the students and staff!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions throughout the school year.

Email: gregory.tammen@springbranchisd.com

Phone: 713-251-4600

Go Bobcats!