Aug 24 at 12:20pm

Children from our families begin their new school adventures

by Lorrie Parise

It’s that time again -- yellow buses filled with students are winding down school roads. It’s also the time of year when parents grab hold of some tissues as they let go of their college-bound children. The employees at The Woodlands Development Company and their families are no different than others, as many are beginning new chapters in their educational journeys.

Suzanne Baker

Suzanne works in accounting for The Howard Hughes Management Services Corporation (HHMSC). Her family drove her son, Brandon, to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville this weekend to begin his freshman year. He will study Computer Engineering.  Before graduating, Brandon was part of the prestigious Oak Ridge High School Marching Band where he was able to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 


Adam Monsivais

Also at HHMSC, Adam has two children headed in two different directions. After graduating from Spring High School and attending Houston Community College for two years, Damian Monsivais joined the Marines. He recently graduated from boot camp and infantry 3205 India Co. 3rd Battalion in San Diego California. "I walked him off after his graduation to his flight,” said Adam. His daughter, Kiana Monsivais, started 7th grade this week at Grantham Middle School (Aldine ISD), and is enrolled in gifted and talented, as well as magnet classes. 


Laura Manning

Laura with HHMSC has sent her 5-year old granddaughter, Kennedi Matlock, off to kindergarten at Stepping Stones. 

Amy Brown

Amy, who works in accounting at The Woodlands Development Company (TWDC), has her son beginning a new adventure at Klein Oak High School in 9th grade. He is on the football team, but recently hurt his ankle during a scrimmage. Consequently, he’s starting high school on crutches. Amy’s daughter, Kelly, is starting 4thgrade in Klein ISD.  


Travis Guinn

Travis Guinn in Design & Construction at TWDC has three children — ages one, three and five.  His five-year old daughter began kindergarten at David Elementary in The Woodlands, and she’s his first child to attend school. 


Dave MacLellan

Dave in IT at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center has a daughter, Amanda, who graduated from Klein High School in June. During her senior year, she competed in the FFA program for animals (competed three years in FFA, plants) where she raised the Grand Champion Fryar Rabbits for the 2016 season. She will start her freshman year at Lone Star College and hopes to pursue a career in Botany or in the Veterinary Technician field.  

Lorrie Parise

Speaking personally, two of my three children will attend Lone Star College – Montgomery.  My oldest son, Collin, is studying Psychology. My youngest son, Brandon, will begin his freshman year there and study Computer Engineering. My middle child, Megan, received her EKG Technician certification in May. 

Puffy Pine Cone®

Finally, there is one giant pinecone that will join students this fall. Look for lovable mascot of The Woodlands, Puffy Pine Cone®, to participate in International Walk to School in October.