Tomball ISD Academy of Energy and International Business at BJ Services will be led by new Dean of Innovative Programs, Natalie Priwer.
Priwer will oversee all aspects of the Academy and will serve as the administrative point of contact for students and teachers within the program and as the primary liaison between TISD and BJ Services.
She is no stranger to Tomball ISD as she has been an Assistant Principal at Tomball Memorial High School since 2018. She has served education for over 10 years in several roles, beginning as an upper level mathematics teacher, before moving into a Math Skills Specialist role and eventually becoming an Assistant Principal in 2015 in a neighboring district.
As the leader of the Academy, she also brings experience leading nine Linked Learning campuses through a collaborative, project-based learning approach that provided rigorous academics with real-world experiences.
Priwer received her Bachelor of Science degree in secondary math education from Bowling Green State University (‘06) and her Master of Education Administration from Stephen F. State University (‘15).
Why were you interested in this new role with the Academy of Energy and International Business?
“Five years ago, I was a Linked Learning Manager which worked with schools that were wall to wall career pathways. I visited a school district in Tennessee to truly see how career pathways were set up in high schools. I was thoroughly impressed with this new innovative approach to education. Once I heard about this opportunity with the Academy, I knew this was what I wanted to do and more! Not only are we creating two career pathway opportunities, but we are creating a career academy housed onsite of our oil and gas industry partners, BJ Services, which sets us apart from any other school or Academy in the country. We are the first! Students will get to experience hands-on training side-by-side industry business partners, engineers, and geoscientists on a daily basis. I am excited and honored to be a part of this incredible movement in education.”
What should the students expect out of this program beginning in August 2020?
“The students should expect to get an experience that will fully equip them for the next four years of high school and beyond. This is a one-of-kind experience they will not receive anywhere else in the country. When they walk through the doors of the Tomball ISD Academy of Energy and International Business, they should expect to be fully supported and encouraged by the teachers, the industry partners, and myself in all the work they will do for this amazing, unique high school experience. I believe they will feel academically challenged and skillfully prepared in the career pathway of their choice.”
How impactful do you see this program being for Tomball ISD?
“It is truly hard to explain and put into words how impactful this program will be for our students, Tomball ISD, our community, and even our country. Once school districts and businesses hear and see the success of our Tomball ISD students and the partnership we are building with BJ Services, they will without a doubt want to be a part of this innovative approach to education. Our students of this next generation deserve better academic opportunities, our workforce deserves better employees, and our country deserves better overall. I believe students will come out of this program ready to take on any job they desire on a global level. They will be prepared, they will be determined to make a difference, and they will be world changers.”