Leadership

Raymorris Barnes, Principal

 

I am starting my 14th year in education with this being my 2nd year as the principal of Spring Forest.  I came to Spring Branch ISD in 2011 after six years of teaching and coaching in Pearland ISD at Pearland Junior High East and Glenda Dawson High School.  After serving as a grade level principal at Northbrook High School for 4 and ½ years I transitioned to a district level administrator position at our administration building for the next year and a half.  I am originally from Biloxi, Mississippi and I attended Rice University on an athletic scholarship where I lettered in football for 4 years.  I graduated from Rice with a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in the Arts of Teaching.  My wife and I have four children with our two youngest entering the 5th and 6th grade this school year.  And yes, my 6th grader will be a Bobcat this year.  I am not only the principal, but I am also a parent.  I am proud to serve the students, staff, and community of Spring Forest Middle School and I look forward to meeting you personally throughout the school year.

Go Bobcats!

Curtis George, 7th Grade Assistant Principal

Curtis George was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  After earning his B.A. in Literature from California State University Northridge (CSUN) he moved to Houston to begin his career in public education.  Following 6 years teaching and leading at Sam Houston High School in HISD he joined SBISD in 2013 as the campus interdisciplinary coach.  He is currently serving as the 6th grade assistant principal since earning his M.Ed. from the University of North Texas.  His wife Amanda works for a non-profit consulting firm in Houston and their two children, Charlie (3) and Jane (1) both attend Zebra Zone.

Cathie Erickson, 8th Grade Assistant Principal

Hi my name is Cathie Erickson and I am an Assistant Principal here at Spring Forest.  I have worked in Spring Branch ISD for many years and have loved it all.  I started my teaching career here at Spring Forest as a Special Education teacher.  I left Spring Forest to help open the brand new Cornerstone Academy.  While at Cornerstone I earned my master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.  I became the first Assistant Principal at Cornerstone Academy.  Since then I have been an elementary school Assistant Principal and Principal.  I love middle school so much I moved back to Spring Forest as soon as I could.  

I have 2 wonderful children, Danny and Becky.  Danny is a police officer in Galveston and Becky is a vet tech.  I also have 2 fur babies, Lily and Rosie.

Spring Forest is truly a great environment for our student, staff and community.

Deana Ratnala, 6th Grade Assistant Principal

Hello, Bobcats!

I am so excited to be joining you as the new 6th grade assistant principal!  I am currently in my 18th 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 meet everyone and begin this wonderful new journey.  Here's to a great new school year!