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Leadership Team


Sonya Simpson

Sonya Simpson, M.Ed

Sonya Simpson began her teaching career at Splendora ISD in August 2010. She was a third and fourth-grade teacher at Greenleaf Elementary from 2010 to 2019. Sonya mentored new teachers and sponsored the Wildcat Roar, the student newspaper club. She was privileged to serve as the reading specialist at Greenleaf Elementary in 2019. In 2020, Sonya was the Instructional Specialist at Piney Woods Elementary. After that, she served two years as the Assistant Principal of Piney Woods Elementary.

In 2010, Sonya graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. She received a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with an Instructional Coaching emphasis in 2019, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership in 2020. 

Sonya and her husband, Brian, reside in Splendora ISD. She enjoys working with students, teachers, and parents, and believes every day is an opportunity to learn something new.

Assistant Principal

Tammy Parker

Tammy Parker, M.Ed.

Tammy Parker joined the field of education in 1996 at Splendora ISD as a substitute teacher. Soon she was hired as an ESL paraprofessional at Splendora Elementary School, responsible for instructing Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students as well as assisting the ESL teacher with students in grades 1-8. In 2000, Mrs. Parker took a break from this role to complete her degree in education. Following graduation from Sam Houston State University in December 2001, Mrs. Parker worked the remainder of that school year in Conroe ISD as a 6th grade ELAR/SS teacher. For the 2002-2003 school year, Mrs. Parker returned to Splendora ISD where she worked at Splendora Intermediate School for two years as a 3rd grade self-contained/GT pull-out teacher. An opportunity opened for Mrs. Parker to return to her roots, and she became the elementary ESL pull-out teacher at Splendora Primary School. In 2005, Mrs. Parker transferred to a Kindergarten teaching position on the same campus where she served as the team leader, a mentor for new teachers, and was twice selected as Teacher of the Year. During this time, Mrs. Parker completed her Master's degree in Educational Technology Leadership and earned a principal certification from Lamar University. She has been an Instructional Specialist in Splendora ISD since 2014 and has led the district Mentorship Program since 2017. Mrs. Parker has been married since 1989 to a former Splendora ISD honor graduate who served in the United States Army and earned both a Bachelors's and Masters's degree during their marriage. Mrs. Parker and her husband are very proud parents of twins who also graduated with honors from Splendora High School and have both gone on to earn various degrees. Crafting, gardening, traveling, spending time with family, and reading, dominate Mrs. Parker's "free" time.

Instructional Coaches

Veronica Hernandez

Veronica Hernandez

Veronica Hernandez graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering back in her home country of Venezuela in 2011, where she was the valedictorian of her class. In 2015, she decided to pursue a career in education in the United States, enrolling in an alternative certification program in order to become a Texas teacher. As a result of her efforts, she began working in Greenleaf Elementary in 2016 as a second-grade teacher. She has also taught fourth and fifth grade. She has served Splendora ISD in many capacities, such as team lead, mentor, and curriculum writer. Mrs. Hernandez feels honored to serve now as an Instructional Specialist and is committed to guide, coach, and support a wonderful staff to meet their individual and common goals. She feels blessed to work for a district that puts students first and focuses on cultivating exceptional people.


Jennifer Coker

Jennifer graduated from Sam Houston State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in December of 2013. She has taught kindergarten, second grade, and third grade. She is married with three children that she’s incredibly proud of. Shelby and Jerry are finding their way in this great big world, and Elyjah is continuing his academic journey as a Kindergarten student at GLE this year.