Parents, scan the QR Code with your camera on your smartphone or click here for a direct link to the SAF Form.
Padres, hagan clic aquí para llenar la forma de SAF si necesitan ayuda para su hijo/a ó pongan su cámara en el código QR (arriba el la foto de "SCAN ME."). Al hacer esto, automáticamente le lleva a usted a la forma de SAF.
Dear Fondren Family,
It is an honor to introduce myself as the new principal of Fondren Middle School and to join this extraordinary school community. I hope this letter finds you enjoying the last few days of summer and that you are looking forward to beginning a wonderful school year together. I can assure you that I share in this school’s mantra of Excellence: Everyone-Everything-Everyday because our students deserve whatever it takes.
I come to Fondren with over 19 years’ experience in urban education. I was a seventh grade ELA teacher for ten years before serving in various leadership positions such as Reading Specialist, Literacy Coach, Instructional Specialist, Assistant Principal, and Dean of Instruction. In addition to my role as an educator, I am a daughter to Marquis Smith, wife and bonus mom to a spirited teenager, Jordan. My husband, Bobby, and I have been married for 11 years, and we have one horse, Diamond and two turtles, Biggie and Tyrone.
I have served communities with Title I schools in various parts of Houston, Cleveland, and Conroe, Texas. I am extremely passionate about the underserved students receiving high quality instruction in every content. I enjoy coaching leaders and teachers to reach their highest potential, and I wholeheartedly believe that all students can learn and reach their highest potential when given the best instruction by teachers who believe they can achieve.
I come to Fondren Middle wanting to continue the tradition of excellence. I am committed to always doing what’s best for our students, building bridges with the community, and building teacher and leader capacities.
To our students, I cannot wait to meet you all! I hope that you are excited for this upcoming school year because I am looking forward to an amazing year with you. It may seem challenging at times, but please know that I want to see you succeed. I hope that you have read a few books and that you have enjoyed the quality time with your family and friends.
Please know that my office door is always open to you, and I welcome the conversation and positive input focusing on solutions throughout the school year. Let us always keep our students the primary focus of our work. We can do this together, and we will do this together.
Please see the following pages for drop-off and pick-up information, dress code information, bell schedule, behavioral expectations for students, and specific contacts for each grade level. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and let’s get ready for “Onward & Upward @ Fondren in 2023”.
Enrollment is open for the upcoming 2022 - 2023 school year! If you have a school-aged child that will be attending Fondren Middle School, see the flyer for more information. ¡La inscripción está abierta para el próximo año escolar 2022 - 2023! Si tiene un hijo/a que asistirá a la escuela secundaria Fondren, consulte el folleto para obtener más información.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Coffee and Pastries with the Principal
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM McTeacher's Night
T.J. Cotter has been selected as the new principal of Fondren Middle School.
Cotter most recently served as the principal of Wesley Elementary School. He began his career in education as a reading and social studies teacher at HISD’s Gregory-Lincoln Education Center. He then served as an instructional specialist and assistant principal at Dowling Middle School (since re-named Audrey H. Lawson MS). In 2017, he transitioned to Woodson PK-8 Leadership Academy as the assistant principal, where he was involved in moving the campus from “improvement required” to meeting state accountability standards. He then served as the assistant principal at North Forest High School, moving the campus from Year 4 IR to meeting state accountability.
Cotter earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas Southern University and his Master of Education in Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Houston. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education in Professional Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Houston.