Alan VarneyAssistant Principal
Mr. Varney is the Assistant Principal for the Early College High School. He has been in education for 13 years. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Information Systems from Bentley College, a Master's Degree in Education from UMASS Boston, and a Master's in School Leadership and Policy from UT Arlington.
Mr. Varney has been in DISD since 2004, where he has taught social studies at Skyline from 2004-2008. He was a Social Studies Instructional Coach from 2008-2011 working at Gaston, Florence, Comstock, Hood, Quinatanilla, and Cary Middle Schools. He has worked as a Social Studies Teacher, TAP Mentor and PBL coach at A. Maceo Smith New Tech HS from 2011-Fall 2015 before moving on to his AP position in January 2015 at H. Grady Spruce.
My educational philosophy is that all stakeholders need a vested interest in a school. With all stakeholders working together students will be supported which will lead to academic and social success.Rachel BurlesonECHS Program Coordinator
Ms. Burleson is the Program Coordinator for the Early College High School. She grew up in southern California, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Adolescent Studies from California State University, Fullerton, and began her teaching career in her hometown with the La Habra City School District in 1998. Soon after, she moved to Dallas, Texas where she continued to teach and pursue her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Texas A & M University, Commerce. For 13 years she enjoyed her job as a middle school counselor, but when the opportunity arose to become a part of the Early College High School program, she gladly accepted this new challenge. Her goal is to assist students to achieve academic success, equip themselves with the tools to lead healthy, productive lives, and pursue their highest goals.Britton ElliottCounselorJessica GarciaECHS Clerk
Geometry and Algebra II
English II and English IIIMs. Knopp has been teaching at Spruce for three years. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Bowling Green State University, and Master's in Education from Southern Methodist University. In addition to reading, biking and drinking large quantities of coffee, Ms. Knopp loves cooking and has served as the cooking club sponsor at Spruce for the past two years.Tutoring:Mornings by request, Monday and Tuesday after school
English I and MAPS
Algebra I and Pre-Calculus
Sydnie MontgomeryProfessional Communications/Digital Multimedia
Ms. Montgomery was raised in the DFW Metroplex and has always called Dallas home. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in Film at University of Texas at Arlington and her Master’s degree from UT Dallas where she studied technology and how the internet has affected the way we communicate as people. As a side effect of earning her degree, she decided to pursue her desire to teach and earned her teacher's certification in order to become a high school teacher. Ms. Montgomery’s future plans include a PhD researching the intersection of socioeconomic status and race on the Internet, traveling abroad, and finding the best tacos DFW has to offer.
Ms. Montgomery’s tips for students:
· If it sounds interesting, take the class.
· Don’t complain if an assignment or project doesn’t come out exactly how you thought it would. Enjoy it for what it is.
· It might seem impossible at first. It isn’t.
· Don’t immediately think you won’t like what you are reading. Wait until you get to the end.
· Never stop being curious. That’s the root of learning!
Robert SakaguchiPre-AP World GeographyDaniel SharpU.S. HistoryMr. Sharp graduated from the University of North Texas in 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts in American history and minors in Spanish and Anthropology. Then he attended Southern Methodist University’s Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program and student taught at W. T. White High School. Upon completion of this program, he worked at Pegasus Charter School for until the spring 2015. In the Fall of 2015, he returned to Dallas ISD and began teaching American History, AP American History, Debate, and Mock Trial at H. Grady Spruce High School. In the Fall of 2017, he joined Spruce’s Early College program.In his free time, Mr. Sharp, likes to travel, play music, try new foods and learn about other cultures and history.Shawn YoumanPre-AP BiologyThe program is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Dallas ISD and the Dallas County Community College District. College tuition is paid through scholarships provided by the Dallas County Community College District. Books and transportation are paid for through Dallas ISD.