Alvin ISD staff, students, school board members, parents, and community members filled the cafeteria on Oct. 12, for a special dedication at Shirley Dill Brothers Elementary School. Over 600 people gathered at the new campus to honor its namesake, retired educator and administrator Shirley Brothers. The new campus is located in the Shadow Creek Ranch subdivision.
Brothers, a proud graduate and supporter of Sam Houston State University, began her career in 1971 as a special education teacher in Alvin ISD. After 14 years of teaching, she became the District’s first Coordinator of Public Relations. She was soon named the Director of Public Information, and held that post for 26 years. During her tenure she worked with eight different superintendents, multiple Board members, and an array of administrators, teachers and staff.
The official groundbreaking for the elementary occurred in June 2016. The campus consists of new classrooms, science labs, a cafeteria with stage, library, kitchen, a music room, administrative offices, a clinic and a gym. Principal Krystal Hawks leads the campus and is excited to have had the opportunity to open this beautiful new school.
“I’m so excited to be a part of Alvin’s history. Shirley Brothers helped shape Alvin ISD to what it is today. I’m honored to be able to say I’m leading an amazing team here at Brothers Elementary,” Hawks said.
Many friends, family, coworkers, and students of Shirley Brothers showed up to the dedication to honor the woman they say helped make Alvin ISD the district it is today. Brothers Elementary student, Krysten Hawks, sang a song she and her mother, Principal Hawks, wrote and the Brothers Elementary 3rd graders sang a touching tribute to Brothers. Scot Bryant, Brothers son-in-law, and friend Mary Anne McWhirter, spoke a few words about the impact Shirley Brothers made on their lives and the lives of the children of Alvin ISD.
“Shirley Brothers was and remains an Alvin ISD staple. It is only fitting to name and dedicate this elementary to her. I could not be happier to be a part of such an incredible ceremony,” Alvin ISD Superintendent Buck Gilcrease said.