Post Oak High School Renovates and Innovates in Houston’s Museum District

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Preview The Post Oak School's newly renovated high school building in Houston's Museum District. Core faculty, now complete, to move in next month to continue planning for fall 2012 opening.

The Post Oak School will open the doors of its High School to the public on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for a walk through of the newly renovated building. The single-story structure, located in the Museum District, was built in the 1970s and features glass walls on its east and west sides, an open floor plan, flexible learning spaces, a science lab, and a multi-disciplinary studio workshop. Originally constructed as an office building and later occupied by a linen rental business, the structure was completely renovated to make way for an airy, light-filled learning facility.

Located on a bus line and just a short walk from the metro rail, the building allows students easy access to the school’s partner institutions such as the Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Houston Zoo, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It also serves as a staging ground for younger Post Oak students who travel to the Museum District for outings from the school’s main campus in Bellaire.

When: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Post Oak High School at 1102 Autrey St., Houston, TX 77006

Final teaching position filled
Dr. Jan Ott has joined the Post Oak High School teaching team as the science specialist. Dr. Ott comes to Post Oak from Chinquapin Preparatory School in Highlands, Texas, just east of Houston. She has been teaching high school and middle school science and mathematics at Chinquapin for the past two years and before that taught science and integrated studies for over 20 years at The Evergreen State College in Washington.

Dr. Ott holds a BS in Biology from Sarah Lawrence College and a PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Southern California with a focus on the neuroplasticity of the brain. Her broad post-secondary teaching experience gives her a strong base for creating and participating in a rigorous, reality-based science curriculum that emanates from the school lab and culminates in applied student interests throughout Houston’s Museum District.

With this position filled, the full-time teaching team is complete: Jeremy Grisbee, mathematics and Spanish; Dr. Jan Ott, sciences; and Dr. James Quillan, humanities.

The high school faculty team will begin planning the 2012–13 academic year next month in the new building, as well as continuing the work towards International Baccalaureate (IB) authorization.

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