Fine Arts

Click Here for Magnet Audition Requirements for all 2020-2021 Magnet Applicants

All applicants must complete the 2019-2020 magnet application by the deadline December 7, 2018, submit all required documents and schedule a magnet audition appointment online. Any incomplete application received or not submitted will not be processed.

Pershing was founded in 1928, our new state of the art facility was completed in 2008. Our auditorium includes the latest sound and lighting equipment. We also have two Black Box Theater.

Pershing Middle School is one of the Houston Independent School Districts most prestigious magnet schools for the fine arts. Our magnet program includes specializations in art, dance, orchestra, band, jazz, guitar, choir, theatre arts, and gymnastics. Each specialization is taught by highly qualified artists. 

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Fine Arts students one of the following areas of concentration:




Creative Writing






Technical Theatre

Contact Information

Patricia Altamirano, Magnet Coordinator | | 713-295-5240

Pershing Middle School Fine Arts Magnet Department
3838 Blue Bonnet Blvd.
Houston, TX 77025

Admission Procedure

  1. Apply.
  2. Non-HISD students must submit the following transcript information.
    • Most recent report card and test records and previous year’s report card.
    • Proof of HISD residency (apartment lease agreement with child's name on it, light/gas/water bill receipt, or affidavit of residence)
    • Guardian's Photo ID
  3. This year transcript information for HISD students will be submitted by HISD automatically so you do not need to submit anything.
  4. Audition.  Auditions should be scheduled online at the HISD Choice Application Website.
Admission Criteria
Admission to the Pershing Fine Arts Magnet is based on the following:
  • Grade point average
  • Good conduct 
  • Good attendance
  • Experience or potential in one of the Fine Arts areas
  • Audition ranking (details)

Pat Altamirano

Fine Arts Magnet Coordinator


Leisa Brents


I have been teaching in Houston ISD for 14 years. I started my career at Grady Middle School as a Science teacher, volleyball, basketball, and track coach. I moved to Pershing in 2005 to start the Pershing Softball program with Coach Burgan. I have taught PE and athletics for the past 8 years as well as coach volleyball and softball. I took over the gymnastics classes for the 2014-2015 school year. I attended West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas and have a degree in Sports and Exercise Science with a minor in Life- Earth Science. In 2012, I graduated from Lamar University with a Master's Degree in Education Administration. In my spare time I love to travel, read, and spend time with my family and friends. I love Mexican food, watching volleyball, and watching Scandal on TV.

Brittny Crowell

Creative Writing


April Davis


Rm. 410


Miles Davis

Band Director

Rm. 408


Elizabeth Heintzelman

Creative Writing

Rm. 117


Marcus Jauregui


Rm. 413

I am thrilled to be serving as the Director of Choirs at Pershing Middle School! This is my eleventh year as a public educator, and the only thing I love more than making music myself is teaching it to others. I believe we are in store for an exciting and fulfilling year! 

Annalise Mirabella

Theatre Tech

Rm. 402


Stephanie Perugini


Rm. 412

This is my 21st year to teach Visual Arts for the Houston Independent School District. For the past 12 years, I have enjoyed teaching our amazingly creative and artistic Pershing students. After high school, I attended and graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri with a B.F.A in Design, minor Business Marketing and an Associates of Art degree. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, cooking, and doing creative art/ design projects around my home. 

April Pollard


Rm. 406

April Pollard-Chaney is the Dance Educator at JJP. She joined team JJP in 2016. April has worked for HISD since 2013. She began her career as a dance educator in Aldine ISD at Reece Academy. April received her Dance Degree from Sam Houston State University. Mrs. Pollard-Chaney has two daughters and two dogs. Her husband is also a teacher in Fort Bend ISD at Palmer Elementary. 

Teresa Ragland


Rm. 404

Teresa Ragland has been teaching students since she helped direct the children's choir at church while she was in junior high! She participated in theatre, band, choir, jazz band, newspaper and yearbook, and UIL all throughout high school, and graduated Valedictorian of her class! She since went to Angelina Junior College and SFA for her undergrad, and the University of Houston for her MA in Theatre Education. She has taught theatre for 16 years, founded a community theatre, rocked on stages all over east Texas, and contest managed for the UIL OAP system for 4 years. Ms. Ragland believes in students achieving to the best of their ability, and in students learning to take pride in their work and effort. The process to get to the product is very important, and it takes everyone working together to have a successful program.

Yami Rincon

Gymnastics Assistant

Yamilett Rincon is a TA with Coach Brents. Yami attended Pershing middle school and was a member of the gymnastics program before attending Bellaire High School. Yami continued her love of gymnastics by becoming a competitive gymnastics coach at Stars Gymnastics. She continues to coach competitively, but brings her gift to Pershing because she loves the idea of passing on her 15 years of gymnastics experience to the current generation of Panda gymnasts. 

Dr. Russell Sarre


Rm. 414


Armando Torres


Rm. 411