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New principals ready to get to work at La Porte, Lomax Junior High schools

Earnest Brooks

Brooks comes to La Porte Junior High School from across the Fred Hartman Bridge, where he Earnest Brooksgrew up in and worked for Goose Creek CISD schools.

“Some of my friends and colleagues (in Baytown) have joked with me about my loyalty,” Brooks said. “I love Goose Creek – I spent 18 wonderful years there as an educator – but I’m really looking forward to positively impacting lives at La Porte Junior High School.”

Brooks began his career as a junior high school special education teacher and coach after graduating from Iowa Wesleyan University with a criminal justice degree. He transitioned to campus administration after earning his Masters of Educational Leadership from Lamar University.  Brooks has served as an assistant principal at Baytown and Horace Mann Junior High schools. He has also worked as an interim campus principal.

As for his plans on this side of the Hartman Bridge, Brooks wants to maintain the longstanding tradition of excellence at La Porte Junior High … and then some.

 “I look to collaborate with my team to lead our students to achieve great things,” he said. “My daily goal is to ensure our students are better each day because we are with them.”

Dr. Kade Griffin

Aside from the briefly raised roadway along Spencer Highway, Dr. Kade Griffin doesn’t have to Kade Griffincross any bridges to transfer from his old digs to his new position as the Lomax Junior High School principal.

Of his 13 years in education, he spent the last five in La Porte ISD – most recently as La Porte High School’s associate principal.  Griffin said his experience in that role equips him to help students shift more smoothly from junior high-to-high school.

“The transition into the ninth grade is by far the most difficult transition any student will make,” Griffin said. “The more prepared we can make our students, the higher levels of success they will be able to achieve during their high school experience.”

Griffin owns a bachelor’s in history from Abilene Christian University. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in educational administration and professional leadership, respectively, from Sam Houston State University. 

Like his counterpart a few miles away at La Porte Junior High School, Griffin wants to improve on the great things already happening on his campus.

“My ultimate goal for Lomax Junior High is to continue to build on the success that it has sustained by creating a school culture and climate of learning, collaboration, and fun,” he said. “I want my students to be proud that they attend Lomax and my parents excited to send them every morning – because of the great things their students tell them when they make it home in the afternoon.”