• Turek Michelle Turek
      Mrs. Turek began her career in education as a high school English teacher and has taught English in both middle and high schools. Ms. Turek was an instructional specialist and then an assistant principal at Deady Middle School. Most recently, she served as assistant principal at Roberts Elementary. She received her bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston-Downtown and her master’s in academic leadership and supervision from the University of Texas at Arlington. Outside of school, Mrs. Turek enjoys spending time with her family (husband Michael and son Cam), reading, watching The Pioneer Woman on the Food Network and traveling in and around Houston to discover new shops and restaurants. Contact Mrs. Turek at

             Bryan Bancroft
    Assistant Principal

    Bryan Bancroft is the Assistant Principal at Herod Elementary School and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (BA, 2004) and Sam Houston State University (MA, 2012). Mr. Bancroft joined the Herod family after eleven years as a Reading, English, and Social Studies teacher as well as serving as lead teacher, campus data specialist, and teacher coach. In addition to these leadership roles, he also worked outside of the classroom to provide opportunities for students to connect to school through extracurricular activities such as Student Council and National Honor Society. Mr. Bancroft has been involved with the Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) since he was elected to the state board as a senior in high school. After college he returned to Texas and founded TASC award-winning Student Council groups at two schools. He also coached Speech, Debate, and Academic Teams. Mr. Bancroft is excited to work alongside teachers in order to provide similar experiences to Herod students. As the Reading/Language Arts content area leader at Herod, his mission is to help teachers grow strong readers, writers, and analytical thinkers who are fully prepared for success in secondary school and beyond. Outside of school Mr. Bancroft is an avid reader (particularly epic fantasy and historical fiction) and enjoys cooking, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends. Contact Mr. Bancroft at 


    Paulus Todd Paulus
    Vanguard Magnet Coordinator 

    Mr. Paulus is beginning his 6th year at Herod and 4th year as the Vanguard Magnet Coordinator. This year, he also will oversee the Dual Language program. Mr. Paulus was born and raised in a small suburb north of Chicago and just south of the Wisconsin border. He graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, he had the opportunity to teach 4th and 5th grades in Illinois, 5th Grade in Michigan, and 3rd-5th grades in Texas. While in Texas, Mr. Paulus has taught in Grapevine-Colleyville, Katy, and now Houston ISD. He spent 15 years in the classroom  - five years each grades three through five. A few years ago, Mr. Paulus received a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from Sam Houston State and made a transition to his current role as the Vanguard Magnet Coordinator. When he is not at school, Mr. Paulus enjoys spending time with his wife Kimberly and his two sons- Tanner (4) and Riley (2). He is an avid cyclist, logging a couple thousand miles yearly, and loves eating anything that Kimberly cooks. Contact Mr. Paulus at


    Castle Brian Castle

    Brian Castle is the School Counselor. The 2016-2017 school year will be his third year as counselor, but tenth year in total serving the Herod community (He taught here for seven years prior). Mr. Castle received an undergraduate degree in education from Kent State University in Ohio and later received his Masters in Counselor Education from the University of St. Thomas, in Houston. Mr. Castle believes that we have a truly special community here at Herod, and is honored to serve our stakeholders at Herod on a daily basis. Contact Mr. Castle at


    Ms. Brady
      Janetta Brady is the Math Intervention Specialist.  Ms. Brady has been a classroom teacher at Herod for the past eight years in grades 1 and 4. She is a proud graduate of the University of Houston.  Go COOGS!  Ms. Brady is passionate about learning and working with diverse students.  In her spare time, she enjoys cheering on the Texans, reading, shopping, and spending time with her wonderful family.  Ms. Brady is looking forward to another amazing year!  Contact Ms. Brady at

    Marsh Teri Marsh
    Reading Specialist
      Teri Marsh is Herod’s Reading Intervention Specialist. This is Ms. Marsh’s 20th year working in the Houston I.S.D., where she has taught grades 1 through 5, and also served as a school writing specialist. Ms. Marsh arrives at work each morning filled with energy, because her workday is packed with the things she enjoys most – books, reading, writing, and CHILDREN. Ms. Marsh holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, and a Master’s degree in education from the University of Houston. She continues to pursue additional professional development opportunities, most recently completing dyslexia training, because she wants to be equipped in every way possible to serve her students well! When not working, Ms. Marsh loves to travel across the U.S. and beyond with her husband, Jack. She traveled to Japan as a Fulbright Memorial Scholarship recipient, and to Thailand and China on a Fund for Teachers Grant. Ms. Marsh’s two adult sons, Zach and Travis, both attended Houston I.S.D. schools from pre-K through 12th grade.  Ms. Marsh enjoys reading, yoga, kayaking, camping, and hanging out with her two cats. She is proud to be a part of the dedicated team of educators serving the wonderfully diverse students of Herod Elementary. Contact Mrs. Marsh at   

    Wickers Sally Wickers
    Special Edu. Lead
      Dr. Wickers is a native Houstonian, raised in 4th Ward Freedmen’s Town. Growing up in the inner city was a memorable experience for Sally. She loved the fact that all her family (aunts and uncles and grandmother) all lived within 3 to 4 blocks of each other. Family is important to Dr. Wickers. Therefore, being raised with her cousins was quite special. She is married to Leonard Wickers and has two children James Haywood, Jr. and Tiffany D. Haywood-Wilson. Dr. Wickers is the proud grandmother of Sa’Ron Thornton-Wilson, Madison Haywood, De’Avion Wilson, Derrick Wilson, Jr. and Milan Haywood. Her grandchildren are the apples of her eye and she loves spending time with them, taking road trips and teaching them every chance she gets.


    Dr. Wickers is a product of Houston ISD. Her desire as a young girl was to become a nurse, but after fainting on a school field trip with the Medical Careers Club to watch Dr. Michael Debakey perform open-heart surgery, she quickly realized that nursing was not for her. Dr. Wickers gives credit to the many teachers who crossed her path as they made a tremendous impact on her career aspirations. Her background is in special education, sociology, school administration, banking and accounting. Twenty-four years of her 36 years in the workforce has been in both elementary and secondary education and as an adjunct professor in the field of sociology at the University of Phoenix.


    Dr. Wickers is a community activist for the 4th Ward Freemen’s Town community. She presently serves on the board of directors for the Braeburn Glen Civic Association, Executive Director of the Coalition of Pastoral Leaders-Freedmen’s Town, and Second Vice-President of Gamma Omega Zeta Sorority,


    Education:Gregory Elementary, Abraham Lincoln JH/SH, Houston Baptist University, Texas Southern University and Texas A&M University

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