COVID-19 Plan for

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This page was updated on Tues., Oct. 6, 2020
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Great challenge is potential for great success! Briarwood and Tuttle School are committed to providing a diagnostic-prescriptive education with direct instruction and intense remediation to all of our students – even in the midst of a pandemic. Every student deserves to be taught in the way that he or she learns best. That quality education may look different than usual this year, but our dedication to teaching and caring for our students has not changed.

When the pandemic disrupted education across the nation, it challenged us to reassess what is most important for students. This shake-up of the status quo provided an opportunity to re-imagine school, leading us to implement more of a 21st century educational model. Every summer, the school administration team spends countless hours planning and preparing for the return of students and teachers. The rising prevalence of COVID-19 in the Houston area has complicated this planning process for 2020-21. However, our Strategic Re-Opening Plan supports our top priority – promoting the health and safety of our school community while delivering outstanding education to students who learn differently.

Whether on campus or on-line, during the 2020-2021 school year students and families will notice more student-centered, individualized instruction that incorporates educational technology skills into the learning process. Collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills will be embedded into lessons to remediate the student’s deficit areas and enrich areas of strength. This summer, Briarwood and Tuttle School have taken steps to upgrade our technology infrastructure, expand our resources and provide additional training to teachers to prepare them for the challenges ahead. Our goal is to provide instructional continuity that seamlessly transitions from campus to distance learning as the need arises.

Below you will find information on what to expect for on-campus classes and Distance Learning. We understand that even with all the health safety procedures being implemented, some families will not be comfortable returning to campus. It is our pleasure to provide you with the opportunity to continue your child’s Briarwood education through the new Distance Learning Academy.

Response to COVID-19

  Updated 8/31/2020

    Updated 8/31/2020

On Campus

    Updated 10/6/2020

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Heads of School and Admissions
David Mendlewski, Head of School
Jill Wiseman, Associate Head of School
Lisa Landi, Director of Lower School (K-6th Grade)
Dan Buck, Asst. Director of Lower School
Jeffrey Guedry, Director of Upper School (9th-12th Grade)
Ryan Clark, Director of Middle School (7th & 8th Grade)
Lauren Krocak, Director of Tuttle School
Beverly Brinkmeyer, Asst. Director of Tuttle School
Debbie Etheridge, Admissions Director

Grade Level, School Day, Carpool, Attendance, Required School Forms, etc.
Jenni Ferreira, Lower School Registrar (K-6th Grade)
Judie Shelhamer, Middle Upper School Registrar (7th-12th Grade)
Ruby Karimi, Tuttle School Assistant
Vicky Moscoso, Middle Upper Attendance (7th-12th Grade)

Tuition Payment & Billing
Richelle Hlawek, Business Manager 
Smart Tuition (888.868.8828) 

Athletics and Wellness
Rayna Williams, Director of Athletics
Genny Pesnell, Registered School Nurse 

Development, Special Events and Volunteers
Linda Peters, Development Director
Kim Black, Director of Special Events and Asst. Development Director

Communications and Parent Portal
Katherine Schrock, Director of Communications
Brynn Matherne, Admissions Database Manager

School Counselors
Casey Lunn, Lower School Counselor (K-6th Grade)
Toni LaZurs, Middle Upper School Counselor (7th-12th Grade)