Board of Trustees Meeting Recap: November 16, 2021

The Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees met for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 16. You can view the full meeting here and read the recap below.

Special Recognition of Montgomery ISD Substitutes 

National Substitute Educator Appreciation Day is Friday, November 19.

Great substitute educators are needed for any school to be successful, especially as our district has navigated through the challenges of this past year and a half.

During the November monthly board meeting, the Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees recognized our valued substitute educators as well as the district’s Absence Management Coordinator, Carol Reissig, who has worked to train and coordinate substitutes in Montgomery ISD since 1996 and manages almost 300 individuals in the districts pool of substitute educators. This year alone she has trained 125 new MISD substitute educators and has 28 more scheduled for training after the Thanksgiving holiday.  

In addition to recognizing Mrs. Reissig, it was important to recognize those who serve as substitute educators in Montgomery ISD. The Board of Trustees expressed their gratitude for the support this year as many community members have come forward to be trained and step in as substitute educators during a time when it was challenging to fully staff schools due to a rise of COVID-19 cases at the beginning of the school year. The district invited the substitutes who have accepted the most assignments (Top 10 most assignments) this school year to thank them publicly for their service to Montgomery ISD. Pictured below are those that could attend, with Carol Reissig and the MISD Board of Trustees.  


Montgomery ISD Recognizes Life-Saving Efforts of MISD Staff, EMS and Montgomery PD

On Thursday, October 7, during a routine band practice, Montgomery High School student Michael Rodriguez experienced a health-related emergency and was unresponsive for a short period of time. The immediate actions taken by the head trainer at Montgomery High School and first responders who quickly arrived on the scene to provide medical attention to Michael were heroic and Montgomery ISD took the opportunity to recognize their swift actions and thank them publicly.  

Head MHS Trainer Megan Ruble was first to respond and used life-saving measures until emergency responders arrived on the scene. EMS workers Reed Edelman, Samuel Hancock, Cain Pool, and Cameron Seulean then took over the scene and worked tirelessly to get Michael ready for transport to the local hospital, where he was put on a ventilator and treated. The work of Montgomery police officer Albert Chambers, who was one of the first to respond, was also recognized. To all the students, staff and trained professionals that answered the call of duty that day, Montgomery ISD says thank you.  

Board Approves New SIS and ERP Systems for Montgomery ISD

Montgomery ISD Director of Technology and Digital Learning Amanda Davis presented the district’s recommendation to change our Student Information Systems (SIS) and Enterprise (ERP) System to Skyward and the board approved her recommendation. After months of research and surveying staff and district stakeholders, it has been made clear that our current system does not meet the needs of our growing district. As the district continues to grow, It is imperative to have effective an SIS, where the district can have a s system in place that allows for a comprehensive view of each student’s progress as well as a well-functioning ERP suite that provides all employees with what is needed to operate successfully. Both systems are necessary building blocks for a robust digital learning culture with an emphasis on usability, mobility and scalability.  

With this meaningful change to district operations comes a well-developed implementation plan, including designated times for staff training before its launch in the 2022-2023 school year. Individuals will be selected in December to be a part of the district’s implementation plan and will guide the entire process. District staff such as counselors, front office staff, administrators, and campus TIMs will begin attending webinars and some in-person training beginning February of 2022. Learning modules will be assigned to all staff in May and June in preparation for our July 1, 2022, go-live date. Teachers, paraprofessionals, and campus/district support staff will attend training in the latter part of July and early August, with a trade-out day for PD built into the 2022-23 school year. Continuing education webinars for both the Student and Enterprise systems will be scheduled throughout the 2022-2023 school year to support the district’s transition. 

Skyward offers the scalability Montgomery ISD needs for its rapidly growing student population, ease of use for our staff and parents and will provide a comprehensive view of our entire organization from staffing to student progress. District leaders are confident that this important change will ensure the needs of our Montgomery ISD community are met.  

K-12 Insight Presents Districtwide Survey Results

In September of this school year, the district partnered with K-12 Insight, a national education support firm to develop surveys that addressed academics, student support, school leadership, family involvement, safety and behavior and school operations with parents, staff and secondary students. Parent and staff surveys were open from September 21- October 5 and surveys for secondary students were open from September 21-October 8.  

At the November 16 Board meeting, a representative from K-12 Insight presented the findings of the survey to the Board of Trustees. In K-12 Insight’s executive summary of the survey, it was shared that 39% of parents, 51% of staff and 56% of secondary students participated. Each of these are above the participation rates typically experienced in school district surveys across the state and nation. K-12 Insight indicated that the parent participation rate of 39% is extraordinarily high compared to other district surveys and that the community should be applauded for this level of engagement with the district.

Participants in the survey provided high marks for Montgomery ISD with regard to overall school quality, with 93% of parents, 88% of campus-based staff members and 75% of secondary students rating their school as excellent or good. It was also shared that participants gave some of the highest favorable responses (strongly agree or agree) to items in the Academic Support, Student Support, and Safety & Behavior dimensions.  

K-12 Insight shared the highest-ranking items and areas for most growth for each participant group as well as satisfaction rates of parents and staff for each department including Child Nutrition, Communications, Curriculum & Instruction, Finance, Human Resources, Maintenance, Police Department, Specialized Learning, Technology and Transportation.

Results were also shared in the area of employee experience and work environment, with questions asked to all staff survey participants in which 94% of employees shared that they are proud to work in Montgomery ISD.  

Survey results have been evaluated by each department and have been shared with all campus administrators as well. The district will use this important feedback as both baseline data for measuring key performance indicators in the Pathway to Premier Strategic Plan, as well as recognizing areas that need improvement. The district is thankful to all who participated and gave genuine and constructive feedback to Montgomery ISD.  

All survey results can be found on Montgomery ISD’s Transparency Page and the results for each individual campus can be found on the campus’ web page, under the News tab. 

National Signing Day Spotlight Shines on Lion Athletes

It was an exciting day at Lake Creek High School as Lion athletes made their higher education intentions known as part of National Signing Day. In all, eight students signed letters of intent to the college of their choice. 

“This is an exciting day for our athletes, their families, and Lake Creek High School Athletics,” LCHS Campus Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach Pat Kennedy said. “It’s the reward after years of hard work and dedication to their chosen sport and academic studies as they take their next step in their educational journey and beyond. We’re incredibly proud.”

Caelee Clark                            Softball                       Texas Lutheran University

Anna Ertischek                     Volleyball                    Brandeis University

Rilynn Guynes                       Swim                           St. Mary University

Mikole Hogan                         Rifle                             Texas Christian University

Emma Little                            Track and Field           Texas A&M University

Madelyn Lopez                       Softball                        Syracuse University

Jaron Lyness                          Baseball                      Tyler Junior College

Shane Sdao                             Baseball                      Texas A&M University

Anna Ertischlek: Brandeis University, Volleyball
Jaron Lyness: Tyler Junior College, Baseball
Shane Sdao: Texas A&M University, Baseball
Mikole Hogan: Texas Christian University, Rifle
Caelee Clark: Texas Lutheran University, Softball
Madelynn Lopez: Syracuse University, Softball
Riylenn Guynes: St. Mary University, Swim
Emma Little: Texas A&M University, Track and Field

Lone Star Elementary Celebrates our Veterans

Lone Star fourth graders honored our Veterans with a patriotic performance led by our music teacher, Andrea Gauthier. During the program, cards created by students were passed out to Veterans during the Armed Forces Salute medley. Art teacher, Stacy Ritchie, transformed the entrance into a Wall of Honor as our guests made their way to their seats.

To our men and women in uniform, past and present, God Bless and Thank you.

Six MHS Bears make it official on National Signing Day

The future is bright for six student athletes who signed to continue their education at various colleges on Wednesday, Nov. 10.  

Kendall Sadler signed to play volleyball at Southern Arkansas University and plans to become a Pediatric Dentist. Sadler’s coach, Kayli Cane also attended SAU. SAU is in Magnolia, Arkansas, has less than 12,000 people, and the university has less than 3,500 students.  

“I chose SAU because it is similar to Texas,” Sadler said. “It looks like Montgomery, and the people there are super nice.” 

Also signing to play volleyball is Madison Chandler, who is attending LeTourneau University, where she will be a yellow jacket wearing blue and gold. LeTourneau is located in Longview, in east Texas.  

Photos Courtesy of Mrs. Dayna Lawson

 “I picked the college because I liked the coaches and the people,” Chandler said. “They seem like really great people and someone I would want to play for.” 

Both Chandler and Sadler have been varsity players all four years of high school; Chandler was moved up to varsity for the playoffs her freshman year. Chander is an outside hitter and Sadler is a libero.  

“I am thankful for the opportunity to have helped coach both Madi and Kyndall,” assistant volleyball coach Jessica Mitchell said.  “I am so proud of both of these young ladies, and I love getting to watch their hard work pay off as they head to play at the next level. These ladies are phenomenal students, leaders, and athletes; I have no doubt that they will continue to excel in each of these roles as they embark on this new and exciting chapter.”   

Trey Acreman has been on varsity since his sophomore year. He plays shortstop and has almost a .300 batting average. Acreman is signing to play baseball at Sam Houston State University. The Bearkats placed second in the Southland Conference in 2021.  

“I picked this college because it’s the best fit for me and my family,” Acreman said. “I attribute my success to my parents because they put forth a lot of money for me.” 

Also signing to play baseball is Connor Benge, who is a right-hand pitcher. He will attend LSU- Eunice. He wants to be a professional baseball player. Benge has been on varsity since he was a freshman.  

“I attribute my success to my parents and my friends for keeping my accountable,” Benge said. “I am looking forward to getting to know life-long friends and playing the sport.” 

Makenzie Griffith is signing to play soccer at Tarleton University. Next year will be Tarleton’s first year with a soccer team. Griffith is planning on studying Sports Medicine to be a Physical Therapist.  

“I attribute my success to my dad because he’s kept me playing when I didn’t want to,” Griffith said. “Also, my club because I wouldn’t be able to play on a college level without them.” 

A four year varsity player, Griffith received the District 20-5A Defensive Player of the Year in 2020 and the District 20-5A Offensive Player of the Year in 2021.  

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Kenzie since she was about 6 years old,” soccer coach Brandi Wilkinson said.  “I have enjoyed watching her grow as a soccer player.  Kenzie is unlike many players. She is a very versatile player and will do great things for the Tarleton State University Soccer team.”    

Swimming at the State meet for the past three years, Kaitlyn Weightman signed with Incarnate Word in San Antonio. As a freshman, she was a member of the gold medal 400 relay team. The swim team also won the 5A State Championship that year. As a sophomore, Weightman placed 5th in the 500 yard freestyle and 7th in the 200 yard freestyle. As a junior, she placed 6th in the 200 yard freestyle. 

“I’m very excited to be a part of the team as well as improve my speed individually,” Weightman said. “I love the coaches and the family-like atmosphere that the team has. I can’t wait for all of the travel meets. The second I stepped onto the campus, I fell in love with everything.”  

Note: MHS Journalism students contributed this story for the MISD Premier Blog.

Duane McFadden named Acting Principal of Lake Creek High School  

25-year veteran of Montgomery ISD will lead campus through remainder of the school year before retiring in June  

Montgomery ISD Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison has named Duane McFadden as Acting Principal of Lake Creek HS for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year.   

In October, long-time Montgomery ISD administrator Phil Eaton announced his decision to retire from his position as Lake Creek High School Principal in December after 43 years in public education.  

McFadden, who is currently the district’s Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, has served in Montgomery ISD since 1996. He has been in his current role for the previous nine years. Prior to that, he served as the principal of Montgomery Junior High School for 13 years after 4 years as an assistant principal in the district.   

McFadden will officially transition to Acting Principal of Lake Creek High School when students return from Winter Break in January.  

“Duane has a deep understanding of the campus culture at Lake Creek High School, as well as the high learning expectations from both parents and staff,” Morrison said. “His experience in Montgomery ISD and existing relationship with the staff at Lake Creek will allow the campus to continue this school year with little interruption.”  

While McFadden will assume the role of leading the day-to-day operations of Lake Creek, he will continue some aspects of his current role, including supervision of Oak Hills Junior High School. During this time, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction with assume McFadden’s role of supervision over Montgomery High School and Montgomery Junior High School and the district’s Career and Technical Education department.  

Following the 2021-22 school year, Mr. McFadden will also retire from Montgomery ISD. McFadden will play a significant role to ensure a smooth and successful transition for the next permanent leader of Lake Creek High School.   

“There are amazing students and staff at Lake Creek, and I’m both excited and humbled for the opportunity to serve this high school community,” McFadden said. “Completing my career in Montgomery ISD in this role is a thrill for me, personally, and I’m looking forward to the remainder of what is certain to be a highly successful school year for the Lions.”  

Beginning in March, Montgomery ISD will conduct a broad process to search for the next principal of Lake Creek High School. This process will include meetings with students, staff and parents to receive input on the characteristics they desire in the next principal at Lake Creek High School. The next permanent principal of Lake Creek High School will be named during the Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting in April 2022.  

“Duane has provided 25 years of dedicated service to Montgomery ISD, and he is the ideal person to lead Lake Creek High School to a successful completion of the current school year and ensure a smooth transition for the next permanent leader,” Morrison said. “Completing his time in Montgomery ISD in this capacity is a fitting end to a remarkable career.”  

Lake Creek HS Student Shoots Her Way to #1 in the Nation, Aiming for Paris in 2024

Lake Creek senior Mikole Hogan (17) made the move from competitive softball to rifle shooting five years ago and has never looked back. In 7th grade, Mikole’s mother signed her up for a 4H shooting class with a desire for her to learn gun safety, but little did they know they had a natural talent in the family.

“I wasn’t convinced softball was ever going to be the ‘it’ thing for her,” Mikole’s mother Desirae Hogan said. “She was too nice, always apologizing when she slid into someone stealing a base.”

In order to succeed to air rifle in 4H, Mikole had to complete three BB matches. She completed this on the first night of instruction and coaches immediately opened her world when they asked, “Have you ever thought of shooting on a competitive team?” Mikole spent the next five months training with 4H and then stepped out to competitive shooting, leaving her mark on the record books.

“I just remember how fun it was and being so surprised, like, ‘Wow!’ that they said I could do this competitively,” Mikole said. “I can train and be responsible for my own success, but get to enjoy being a part of a team as well.”

After joining the competitive air rifle team Phoenix Rising, Mikole began working with a private coach, Keith Pruden, to take her from the practice of sporter shooting to competing as a precision shoooter. After a short time with Coach Pruden, they formed the Hot Shots and she has competed with them for the last two years.

“I immediately recognized that Mikole is a very determined competitor and is one of the most driven students I’ve ever seen,” Coach Pruden said. “Her best skill that helps me coach her is her exceptional ability to provide feedback when she needs help, having such a deep understanding that she can guide my coaching to exactly what she needs. Most kids can’t do that when they get frustrated.”

Competitions have taken her and her family all over the country, including Ohio, Colorado Springs, Alabama and Atlanta. Mikole’s most recent and greatest success took her to the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Nationals Tournament in Anniston, Alabama in July 2021. In the Co-Ed Junior Olympic Division of National 3PAR (three-position air rifle) match, Mikole earned the ranking of #1 in the nation with a score of 599 out a possible 600, receiving the gold medal as Junior Olympic 3PAR Champion. She broke two national records at this competition for both overall score and her standing score of 199 (out of a possible 200). The Houston Hot Shots finished second in the team competition.

Competitions consist of shooting at a target from three different positions, including prone, standing and kneeling. The standing record of 198 had been held since 1980, according to Mikole, until Mikole broke it with her score of 199. Mikole scored a perfect 200 in both prone and kneeling, giving her the record-breaking total of 599.

“Mikole’s drive and attentiveness is remarkable,” Coach Pruden continued. “Before the CMP Nationals her scores were kind of leveling off and she wasn’t satisfied, but she put in the hours of practice and we worked on improving her speed and she found success, breaking two national records.”

Coach Pruden also explained that it’s her individual determination that has taken her to the top, sharing about a time when she returned home at night after a competition that she wasn’t satisfied with. She wasn’t at home sulking or hanging out with friends. No, she was in her garage practicing, trying to improve what went wrong that day.

Mikole’s schedule requires putting in early days at school, leaving school to head to work each day and then practicing her air rifle techniques each evening at home or at practice in Rosenberg. She puts in about seven hours of practice each week and says that though shooting is an individual sport, she enjoys competitions and contributing to a team score.

Mikole will be announcing her university choice as a collegiate rifle shooter the first week of November and is currently weighing her options between Ole Miss (#3), TCU(#2) and Nebraska(#6), according to May 2021 NCAA rankings.

“We are all just so proud of her,” Mrs. Hogan said. “Her father and I and her grandparents are so happy for her success after how hard she works to train and prepare. We can’t wait for Paris!”

Mikole has her eyes set on the Paris Olympics in 2024 and says that is her ultimate goal.

“We have a little deal if she makes the Olympic team,” Coach Pruden said. “I want to be there with her and I’ll be doing cartwheels in the streets of Paris.”

Board of Trustees Meeting Recap and Video: October 19, 2021

The Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees met for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 19. You can view the full video here and read the recap below

 At the beginning of the meeting, trustees gave a special recognition to the Montgomery High School Madrigal Choir for their recent award, being named a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Choral Honors Project. The MHS Choir, led by Director Heather Orr, competed against 236 of the finest musical ensembles in the nation, from 38 different states. The board recognized this remarkable achievement and thanked Mrs. Orr for the continued level of excellence she brings to the district’s music program. The Madrigals performed for the board members and those in attendance at the meeting.

During each monthly regular board meeting for the 2021-22 school year, department directors will present an update to the board on the work happening in their department and share the progress of their objectives and strategies listed in the district’s Pathway to Premier Strategic Plan. For the October meeting, the department on the agenda was the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department.

CTE Director Amy Vance explained the levels of student CTE participation and then shared data for CTE District “Completers” for the 2020-21 school year. Montgomery ISD currently offers 16 complete programs of studies. Students in Montgomery ISD first select their endorsement path, then their career cluster and finally select their program of study and course selection. The career clusters include Agriculture, Architecture & Construction, Technology & Communications, Business, Marketing & Finance, Education & Training, Health Science, Hospitality, Human Services, Manufacturing, STEM and Law & Public Service. Vance also shared the findings and recommendations of a third-party external review of the district’s CTE programs. The report, which can be found on the district’s website in the “Transparency” tab, can be read here.

The CTE department has a department goal in place to increase CTE student enrollment and is adding seven certification opportunities this year. District leadership is evaluating current program offerings to determine which align with district goals and to identify areas of need. District leaders are also working to evaluate the growth of the CTW program and how that will fit into possible bond needs for updating CTE facilities. The CTE department has been a large part of the discussion at bond planning meetings as Montgomery ISD makes plans to grow CTE program offerings.

The Board of Trustees also took action to approve a new service provider for the district’s copy and printing services. The new contract with Funtion4 will provide more flexibility for teachers and district staff in creating copies, as well as a cost savings to the district. New equipment will be installed over the winter break and Function4 will provide training to all district employees.

Trustees also approved a contract with Gibson Consulting to complete an external evaluation of the district’s Specialized Learning Department. The firm will evaluate staffing, procedures and effectiveness and make recommendations to ensure best practices are in place to serve the students that benefit from our special education programs.

To wrap up the meeting, district administration provided an update on the district’s process for developing the district’s academic calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. The calendar development process begins with the assistance of the District Advisory Committee (DAC) and the district is offering the opportunity for staff, parent and secondary students to respond to a districtwide survey, indicating their preferred characteristics of an annual academic calendar. District administration will develop draft calendars based on input received from the DAC and through the districtwide survey. DAC members will then solicit feedback on the calendar options from their respective departments and campuses. District administration will present a final draft calendar to the Board of Trustees for approval during the February 2022 board meeting.

Montgomery ISD hosts first annual Walkathon For Hunger

Free community event benefits Montgomery County Food Bank in time for the holiday increase in need

One in four children in Montgomery County is food insecure. This means they aren’t 100% sure where their next meal will come from or how it will be provided. Montgomery County Food Bank is growing their partnership with Montgomery ISD by supporting our district’s students in need and the district’s Student Nutrition Advisory Council (SNAC) wanted to do something to give back.

With the support of the Child Nutrition Department and local sponsors, SNAC hosted the district’s first Walkathon for Hunger. With over 300 people in the community in attendance and contributions from school groups including the Art Club, HOSA, the Junior Belles dance team and the Montgomery HS cheerleaders, the event was most definitely a success.

“Our students had this idea and were dreaming big, wanting to give back in a way that would make a real difference,” Child Nutrition Director Lena Neugebauer said. “So many of our child nutrition staff got behind the idea and thanks to our sponsors and volunteers, we were really able to do something meaningful.”

Participants were asked to bring non-perishable food items to donate as their only cost for entry, were given a free t-shirt and were able to spend up to 3 hours enjoying the beautiful fall weather with family and friends. Art Club students offered free face painting for children and music entertainment was provided by the Jr. Belles dance team. The HOSA students were doing blood pressure checks and sending all attendees home with a Woodlands Methodist lawn chair for having their blood pressure checked.

As the laps were tallied on the tags for each participant, each lap walked earned one drawing ticket to win one of three donated prizes including a family set of bicycles, a pair of fishing poles with tackle box and a set of three family outdoor games. In addition, silent auction items were available for bidding and the money raised from that alone ($966) equated to 4,830 meals for the Montgomery County Food Bank!

At a meeting with superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison and Lena Neugebauer before the school year began, the idea for this walkathon was shared with Montgomery County Food Bank President and CEO Kristine Marlow.

“I was thrilled with the idea as Montgomery was the first district to plan a walkathon for our benefit, and it’s clearly been such a successful event,” Marlow said. “It’s a win-win partnership as we help serve the families in your district and then families are coming out for this event and giving back to their own community.”

With the holidays ahead, the need always rises for families to provide for their loved ones. The pandemic and the struggle to recover has effected many Montgomery County families, increasing the need for the community to support the local food bank.

“It’s a constant and great need in our community,” Marlow continued. “When we combine the donated food by the pound with monetary donations, $1 donated equals 5 meals provided. So an event like this makes a huge impact and we are very thankful to MISD!”

Overall, Montgomery ISD’s Walkathon for Hunger brought in a total of 1,683 pounds of donated food! In addition, monetary donations totaling $1,367.80 from both silent auction and private donors provided 6,839 meals for Montgomery County residents.

“We couldn’t have done this without the help of everyone involved,” Neugebauer said. “I’m just so thankful for all who showed up and helped us support such a fabulous and necessary organization.”

Lake Creek HS Principal Phil Eaton calling it a career after 43 years

Eaton widely known as an inspiring coach and educator; will retire in December

“It’s a Great Day to Be a Lake Creek Lion.” This is a phrase one will often hear Lake Creek High School Principal Phil Eaton say to his students and staff as they enter the school building, or as he starts his daily morning announcements on the campus loudspeaker. The simple statement quickly became the quote of positivity and optimism that brings the students, staff, parents and community together as Lake Creek High School Lions.

Eaton, now in his 43rd year in education, is calling it a career in December 2021. Montgomery ISD is thankful that he has given 13 of those years to the students and staff in our district.

According to Eaton, the celebration of one’s career as it comes to an end often reflects on the abundance of people, students, colleagues, and community members who propped up and gave support to the celebrant.

“I am a beneficiary of being surrounded by amazing people all throughout my career,” Eaton said. “For me, it’s always been about the people – the TEAM – and I have made life-long friends here in Montgomery and beyond.”

In 2009, after serving as an educator in school districts in the Greater Houston area, Eaton accepted the offer to become principal of Montgomery High School. Under his leadership at Montgomery High School, the Bears were consistently in the top ten of the Texas Lone Star Cup, repeatedly attained high ratings in state accountability, and were recognized as one of the top high schools in the country

In 2018, as Montgomery ISD was preparing to open a second high school campus, Eaton was selected to be the first principal of Lake Creek High School. The buzz and excitement associated with the opening of Lake Creek was loud and consistent, and according to Eaton, the 2018-19 school year had one great day after another.

“When we first opened in 2018 it was very rare to see any Lake Creek apparel around town,” Eaton said. “Today the ‘LC’ branding of Lake Creek is seen all throughout Montgomery County. Our vision from day one was to be the school that all other great schools want to be like. And that move to the top continues today.”

At the start of his career, Eaton was known as “Coach”. After just four years in education, teaching English in the classroom and basketball on the court, he became the youngest head basketball coach in the state’s largest division. While in Pasadena ISD, Eaton led his basketball teams to historic success following a formula of goal setting, hard work and determination. Coach Eaton earned a long list of honors, crediting all accolades to the mountainous efforts of his players, unrivaled support from district and campus leaders, and the willful understanding of the parents of his student athletes.

After a move to Humble High School, Eaton’s success as a coach grew as he led the school to five straight district championships, with deep playoff runs including a state championship tournament appearance. In 2020, Phil Eaton was named one of the Top 100 Coaches of Boys Basketball in the long history of Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL), an honor he says belongs to all of the players he had the opportunity to coach.