Shannon Brown, Principal
This is Mrs. Brown's 27th year in education and 6th year with Garland ISD.
She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma and a Masters in School Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She has taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade in Duncanville ISD, Dallas ISD, and Irving ISD. Mrs. Brown was also a literacy coach for Fort Worth ISD for 3 years before returning back to Irving ISD to be an assistant principal for 4 yrs. She moved to Garland ISD in 2017 and was an assistant principal at Cooper Elementary for the past 5 years.
She has 2 amazing children, her son AJ is a junior at Texas Tech University majoring in Petroleum Engineering. Her daughter, Abby, will be a freshman this year at Sam Houston University majoring in Criminal Justice.
My door is always open so please don’t hesitate to contact me with any concerns you might have. I look forward to meeting each parent, student, and community member at Herfurth Elementary. My focus is for us to deliver the highest quality educational experience through engaging teaching methods, academic excellence, relationship building, and a passionate climate and culture. Working together as partners in education will help empower our Herfurth Broncos into becoming positive, productive, and responsible citizens in this every changing world.
Leah Ann Martinez, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Martinez has been Herfurth’s Assistant Principal since 2017. This is her 23rd year in education and 18th year with Garland Independent School District. Prior to administration, Mrs. Martinez taught elementary for 12 years and was an Instructional Support Teacher for 5 years.
She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies (Early Childhood Specialization) and earned her Masters of Education from Texas A&M Commerce. She also has her administration credential with the American Montessori Society. Mrs. Martinez and her husband, Kelly were married in 2018. Together they have a beautifully blended family with six children. Five of the kids are in the adult world and one in GISD!
Tina Lawrence, Counselor
Tina Lawrence is Herfurth's counselor. Mrs. Lawrence grew up in Garland and has been an educator in the Garland School System for twenty four years. She taught middle school English for three years, and this is her 21st year as a counselor at Herfurth. She received her bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University and her master’s degree in School Counseling from Texas A&M at Commerce. She lives in Rowlett with her husband, two daughters and lab named Ruby.
If she can be of any help to you or your family, please call her between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM at 972-475-7994 or email anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.