Hello and welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!
My name is Robyn Thrower and I am the Academic Specialist at Northpointe Intermediate School. If you have any questions about state testing and/or dyslexia, it would be my pleasure to try and answer those for you, or at least point you in the right direction.
A little bit about myself...
I am a native Texan, born and raised in New Braunfels, Texas, where I graduated in 1984 from New Braunfels High School. Go Unicorns!! (yes, unicorns...)
After high school, I moved to Waco, Texas to attend Baylor University...SIC 'EM BEARS!!!...where I majored in Elementary Education with a Reading Specialization...and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1988.
I then moved to Houston where I took my first teaching position as a Chapter 1 Reading Teacher with Alief ISD. I spent 2 years in Alief ISD, 1 as the Chapter 1 Reading Teacher & the 2nd year as a 1st grade classroom teacher and team leader at Boone Elementary School.
In 1990, I married my husband, Rob, and also transferred to Aldine ISD (for the next 5 years) where I taught 6th, 7th, & 8th grade Reading at Hambrick Jr. High, 1st grade self-contained classroom, 1st/2nd grade Chapter 1 Reading, and Reading Recovery all at Stovall Elementary School.
In 1991, our first child, Stuart (currently employed by Dupure International as their Builder Field Representative for the Houston branch), was born, and in 1995, we were blessed with our 2nd child, DaniLee (currently in her final year as a senior at Tomball Memorial High School). After the 1995-1996 school year, we decided it was best for me to take the next few years off and to stay home with our children, especially since our daughter, DaniLee, had been diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy. It was during this period that I developed a real understanding and passion for children who have special needs, severe (like my daughter), moderate, or mild.
In 2000, my husband and I welcomed our last child, another daughter, Manning (currently in her 2nd year at Baylor University).
Our family was complete until June 2018 when our son, Stuart, married a beautiful young lady named Erica, which gave us another daughter to love! But WAIT! There's more!!!
At the very end of crazy 2020, on December 29, God blessed with a most special gift -- Stuart and Erica's baby girl -- RileyAnn -- our very first grandchild was born!!!!! We are ABSOLUTELY in love!!!
Several circumstances moved us from Houston to Tomball in 2001, namely the excellent reputation Tomball ISD was beginning to gain in their special education department. We wanted the best for DaniLee, so we came to Tomball.
In 2003-2006, I worked as the director of early education and minister to preschool families at Graceview Baptist Church and Early Learning Center, and in August of 2006, I restarted my teaching career as a 2nd grade self-contained classroom teacher at Rosehill Elementary School in Tomball ISD.
In 2008, the opportunity to become the itinerant dyslexia specialist in Tomball ISD presented itself, so I went for it, and in 2009, I finally settled at Northpointe Intermediate as the campus instructional specialist for reading/dyslexia, where I have remained.
Mixed into my work as a teacher, I have been extensively trained in the Basic Language Skills program for dyslexia specialists at Neuhaus Education Center, the Reading By Design program for dyslexia specialists at Region IV Education Service Center, and have earned a Masters Degree in Educational Administration with a Principal Certification, along with a School Counseling Certification. For several years, I worked at NIS as the reading and dyslexia specialist, but am trying a new "hat" on this year and am adding the campus state testing coordinator dimension to my position.
I view my life as "never being done," and am passionate about continual learning and striving for additional knowledge. I love my students and enjoy establishing authentic relationships with them & their families each year.