PBTISD Funds Graduate Education for Teachers

PBTISD To Fund Graduate Education at Sul Ross University for Four Teachers
Posted on 09/01/2021
Teachers with PBTISD Admin

PBTISD is excited to announce a new partnership with Sul Ross University for teachers seeking master’s degrees in Educational Leadership. In this partnership, PBTISD will be providing funds through an educational endowment established several years ago for full tuition for four teachers in the district beginning this fall. 


“At PBTISD we ask our teachers to encourage our students to inspire and empower for excellence,” said Dr. Keri Launius, Director of Instruction and Professional Development. “However, it is equally important we as a District find ways to inspire and empower our teachers as well. That’s why we are so excited to begin this partnership to promote higher education directly for our teachers so they can become future leaders in PBTISD.”


The teachers receiving this scholarship are Richard Cole, Shanna Flores, Courtney Navarette and Caitlin Sparkman. The program will allow the teachers easy management with a combination of online and minimal in-person classes.


Additionally, this opportunity is exciting for Flores, Navarette and Sparkman, as they are all products of PBTISD as graduates of Pecos High School. 


“It is Sul Ross’ privilege to partner with Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD,” said Sul Ross University President Pete Gallego. “The district has much to offer by way of its talented students, teachers, and staff — and we share a long and rich history. We look forward to working together to train another generation of the Permian Basin’s educational leaders!”


They are all projected to complete their degrees by December 2022. 


Inspiring and Empowering for Excellence