Jessica Sowell is a 2007 Splendora High School graduate and has been in education since 2011. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2011 and earned her master's degree from Lamar State University with a degree in Educational Technology Leadership in 2019. Sowell served as a special education teacher for five years and then served as a general education teacher in kindergarten and 1st grade before becoming the Instructional Specialist at Peach Creek Elementary in 2018. During her time as the Instructional Specialist at Peach Creek Elementary, Sowell served as a member in creating the Instructional Framework and supported teachers in their own craft of teaching.
In 2020, Sowell became the Assistant Principal at Peach Creek Elementary. During this time, she fostered and continues to foster positive relationships with students. Sowell strives to ensure all students are loved at Peach Creek Elementary and that they all become learners inside and outside of the classroom. She supported teachers when Peach Creek Elementary piloted the Blended Learning model to ensure all teachers were successful and that every student's learning experience in the Blended Learning model was accomplished. She is passionate about students receiving learning experiences that allow them to extend their understanding of concepts while making meaningful connections that will mold them into lifelong learners.
Sowell fosters positive relationships with teachers, students, and parents. She celebrates all students in and outside the classroom for their individual strengths and talents; therefore, you have likely seen her around the community at UIL competitions, fine arts showcases, robotics competitions, the baseball field, or even at the county livestock shows. Sowell met her husband, Wayne, at Splendora High School, and they have been married since 2011. They have two boys who currently attend Peach Creek Elementary. Sowell seeks to capture every child's heart and, as a mom, has embraced Capturing Kids' Hearts practices within her own household.
Patricia Tillery, M.Ed.
Patricia Tillery graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a Bachelor's Degree in Education for ELAR 4-8th and earned her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification in May 2019. She started her career in 2005 as a 7th and 8th grade Reading/Language Arts teacher in Splendora ISD. In 2015, she became an instructional specialist at SJH. In 2019, Mrs. Tillery became the SJH Program Facilitator.
Harrison Gillaspy began his career in education working as an elementary Physical Education teacher in Fort Worth ISD. He then transitioned to the Houston area and became a secondary PE teacher and football coach in New Caney ISD. After three years in New Caney, he came to Splendora ISD and taught Social Studies at Splendora Junior High. He then took a role in Splendora as the After School Activities Coordinator where he created a district-wide after school program from the ground up.
Mr. Gillaspy attended Texas Christian University (TCU) where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Physical Education. While at TCU, he was a member of the football team and played the positions of fullback and linebacker. He graduated from TCU in 2017. He completed his Masters of Educational Administration from Lamar University in June of 2023.
Mr. Gillaspy and his wife have one daughter who was born this past April. He and his family enjoy volunteering at their church, going for walks, and hanging out with family.
Lindsey Mixon began teaching Kindergarten in 2017 at Graford ISD before moving back to the Houston area. She quickly found her home at Peach Creek and has loved every minute these past 5 years teaching Kindergarten, First, Third and Special Education. Mrs. Mixon has also served as an Engagement Lead, a Design Team Member, a Process Champion - leading PCE’s first Capturing Kids Heart family night, a Mentor teacher and participated in Exceptional Leader’s I & II. Mrs. Mixon graduated from McMurry University in 2016 with her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin University in 2020. She and her husband, Henry, had their first baby, Brynlee this past November. They also have two dogs, Nala and Malcolm. They enjoy spending time as a new family.
Sandy Yanes always knew she wanted to be a teacher, since the first year in kindergarten with Mrs. Hale, Ms. Carrie Garza’s aunt! She started her educational journey in 2010 in New Caney ISD as a third grade Dual Language teacher. Since then she has taught grades 2-4 during the school year and PK, kindergarten, first and fifth grade during the summer to gain insight and experience. Through this, she developed a passion for curriculum and instruction, with a focus in mathematics. This passion drove her to complete her masters in curriculum and instruction in 2018.
She worked in Humble ISD for a couple of years before finding her home here in Splendora in 2020. While working at Timber Lakes, she completed the Exceptional Leaders Academy I and II, served as team lead, and also on the District Leadership Team. She is a proud mother of a junior in high school who will graduate with her diploma as well as a certification as a paralegal. She knows that education is the key to open up so many doors and opportunities and feels truly blessed for this calling to serve as an instructional coach at Peach Creek.