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YOU Have All the Power in April’s Edition of Inside Bryan ISD (Issue 22)

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During a Bryan ISD leadership meeting a few years ago, Director of Transportation Warren Lanphier and Rayburn Assistant Principal Christian Rauch made the unlikely discovery that they grew up in the same midsized town in Idaho named after Lewis (from Lewis & Clark fame). They also found out they were born in the same small town nearby. They grew up at different time periods, so neither had met before Bryan ISD.

And Now, Here’s the Rest of the Story:

Editor’s Note: This video was filmed last school year before current COVID-19 safety measures.

Our conversation with Warren and Christian was so engaging, so fascinating, and so free-flowing that it couldn’t be contained in one video. Loads of Idaho facts were left on the “cutting room floor.” Luckily for you, we saved a couple of them below:


Prenatal Clinic Honorees

Congratulations to Olivia Body Davenport, Ross library assistant, Tanisha Lynn Hanks, SFA diagnostician, and Joyce Jones, Rudder pregnancy-related services teacher, for being named 2021 You’re the Tops Honorees by The Prenatal Clinic. They were honored at a virtual luncheon on April 24 as “women who make a difference.”

Missed the event? No worries. You can check out the entire virtual luncheon below!

John Shelton Radio Interview

Rudder Head Girls Basketball Coach John Shelton recently announced his retirement after 34 years of educating Texas students as a high school basketball coach. Nearly half of those years were in Bryan ISD and we are grateful for all of them.

According to KBTX, “Shelton only failed to make the playoffs four times in his 31 seasons as a head coach. During 27 playoff appearances, his teams advanced to the state tournament three times and won a state championship in 2002 at Buffalo High School.”

As Coach Shelton prepares for the next chapter of his life, he took a few minutes to talk with Dr. Hugo Ibarra, Bryan ISD community outreach officer, and KEOS DJ Lance in the fascinating interview below:


Huge shout out to the Bulldogs of Mitchell Elementary for frequently posting engaging content on their Facebook page. Throughout the school year, the school has profiled the creative projects, amazing stories and smiling faces that fill its classrooms. In turn, parents respond with lots of Facebook love for their school!


You might remember our Inside Bryan ISD story last month about Charlie Van Eman. On April 16, Charlie had a very big day as he received the courage award from his school and he threw out the first pitch at a Bryan High baseball game.

Learn More:


Encino Trace Luxury Apartment Homes’ Preferred Employer Program

Check Out this Email we Received from

My name is Reagan, and I am the Assistant Community Manager for Encino Trace Apartments located on Harvey Mitchell Pkwy S in College Station. We are a brand new, luxury apartment community. Any Bryan ISD employee that applies to our community will receive an additional leasing special. They will receive a reimbursed application and admin fee, as well as ½ off the security deposit. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly:

DSW’s Teacher Appreciation Offer

Check Out this Email we Received from

DSW would like to invite you to our week-long Teacher Appreciation Event!  Next week (May 3rd-7th), any faculty member of Bryan ISD, will be able to come into our College Station location and receive a discount on all merchandise (including clearance!).  All you will need to do is share the attached flyer, and then present the flyer or your employee ID in order to receive the discount. Thank you for everything you have done for our students and communities this past year.  My husband is a high school teacher so I know first-hand all the obstacles you have had to overcome, and this is just our small way of saying thank you for what you do.

Bryan High Viking Theatre’s Little Women

Get Ready & Get Your Tickets! Viking Theatre’s production of Little Women is coming to a Bryan High Black Box Theatre near you: Thursday, May 6 (7 p.m.); Friday, May 7 (7 p.m.) & Saturday, May 8 (2 p.m. & 7 p.m.)

*Limited Seating | Social Distancing & Mask Required

KRHD $500 Teacher Appreciation Video Contest



Carmen Garcia, Johnson Elementary third-grade dual language teacher, didn’t win one of the 69-known Fabergé eggs in the world, but she did win $50 worth of Chick-fil-A for being the first person to correctly identify that the cow appeared at the 1:26 mark of last month’s #ICYMI video. Congrats, Carmen!


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One Comment

  1. April A Pinales
    April A Pinales

    This edition was so informative. Thank you so much. Our students are heavily involved everywhere!

    May 1, 2021

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