BISD Names 2017 Wall of Fame Recipients

BISD Names 2017 Wall of Fame Recipients
Posted on 11/09/2017
This is the image for the news article titled BISD Names 2017 Wall of Fame RecipientsThe Brazosport Independent School District annually celebrates its rich history and heritage by honoring outstanding graduates with selection to the Brazosport Independent School District Wall of Fame. This year, Brazosport Independent School District selected three outstanding graduates as Wall of Fame recipients:

Marshal William Tidwell, Brazosport High School, class of 1974
Ron Speir, Brazoswood High School, class of 1974
Sheree (Peveto) Speir, Brazoswood High School, class of 1975

BISD began the recognition of graduates who have demonstrated a high level of achievement in their field of endeavor, who have made significant contributions through achievement, service or leadership in 2007. Since then, with the addition of Marshal Tidwell and Mr. & Mrs. Speir, twenty-seven graduates have been honored.

Marshal William Tidwell
Marshal William TidwellWilliam Richard Tidwell, Jr., the Marshal for the Village of Jones Creek, graduated in 1974 from Brazosport High School. Tidwell and his sister Sandra Tidwell Shaw grew up in Jones Creek learning the importance of giving back to their community and serving others from their parents. Tidwell’s father worked for the city and his mother was a dedicated volunteer for the hospital.

William Tidwell attended Stephen F. Austin Elementary and Freeport Intermediate schools before graduating in 1974 from Brazosport High School. While at Brazosport, William was a member of the newspaper staff and involved in the technical trades program, but he always had an interest in law enforcement. After graduation, William went to work at Dow Chemical where he stayed for six years. When he was offered the opportunity to become a deputy in the Jones Creek Marshal’s Office, he jumped at the chance. Well, 35 years later, Tidwell is now at the helm of the department, serving as the village’s elected marshal for the past eight years. Law enforcement continues to be his passion, giving him the opportunity to serve his friends and neighbors each and every day.

Along with running the day to day activities for the community, Marshal Tidwell has served on the city council for four years, served two years as mayor pro tem and was the fire chief for the Jones Creek Volunteer Fire Department for seven years.

Amongst his honors and accolades, Marshal Tidwell was named Officer of the Year in 2011 and has earned three prestigious lifesaving awards. Certified to teach law enforcement, Tidwell gives back to those coming in to serve behind him.

Although his career has had numerous challenges, the floodwaters spilling into the village in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, damaging exactly 100 homes has been the most difficult, working to keep citizens safe during the flooding. In the aftermath, Tidwell has continued to help families rebuild their homes and lives through seeking donations, partnerships and volunteers.

Besides serving as the marshal, a more than full time job, and as the unofficial Jones Creek spokesman, William has established many free programs to bring the citizens of Jones Creek together for fun and fellowship. Events and programs such as the yearly celebrated Jones Creek Pie Day where residents bring their best pie for blue-ribbon judging, Christmas in the Creek where neighbors compete with the best decorated tree. Most importantly, Tidwell established the Outreach Program. This program utilizes an automated phone system to contact residents who are homebound with a medical condition or with limited mobility and have no one to check on them. The system calls residents and if a resident doesn’t answer or call back, the marshal’s office will go check on them to ensure their safety.

Marshal Tidwell can be found on any given day checking up on a neighbor, assisting someone in need in the community or helping out at Stephen F. Austin STEM Academy. He is an avid supporter of area 4H clubs, youth baseball, soccer and football organizations.

William and his wife Susie have two daughters and four sons, all graduates of Brazosport High School.

Ron & Sheree Speir
Ron & Sheree SpeirRonald Ray Speir and Sheree Lynn Peveto Speir, both graduates of Brazoswood High School, 1974 and 1975, respectively, collectively served the Brazosport Independent School District for more than 50 years.

Both Ron and Sheree attended elementary and intermediate schools in Lake Jackson. While at Brazoswood, Ron was elected Most Representative for his senior class, was on Student Council, was a Class Officer for three years and was actively involved in football, basketball & track - as an accomplished pole vaulter for the Buccaneers. Sheree was a Buccaneer Belle, Sophomore Class Favorite, a member of the National Honor Society, actively involved with Future Teachers of America and was a Cum Laude Honor Graduate.

Ron and Sheree, friends in school, began dating in college at Southwest Texas State University and after graduation, chose to return to the Brazosport area to marry and raise their family. They shared a calling in life - to serve the Brazosport community, specifically choosing to empower the youth of southern Brazoria county to better their future and the community through education.

Mr. Speir worked at Clute Intermediate, Brazoswood, Lake Jackson Intermediate and in administration for BISD. While teaching at Clute Intermediate, Ron coached multiple sports and helped foster a passion for school and academics in his students. He worked with them to show them the parallels between sports and life. Former students still stop him to say – “Coach! I got a job," or “Coach, this is my son and I’m working with him the way you worked with me.” As an assistant principal at Brazoswood High School and then principal of Lake Jackson Intermediate School, Mr. Speir continued to impact the lives of students and staff. Before leaving BISD, Ron served as an Executive Director for six years in central administration leading the offices of Student and Administrative Services and Human Resources. Ron Speir has gone on to continue to serve in education, although in a different manner - as the Business Development Manager for the Associated Builders & Contractors of the Texas Gulf Coast.

Mrs. Speir worked at Brazoswood High School for many years in the science department sharing her expertise in Health, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology and AP Biology. While working at Brazoswood, Sheree took numerous students to open heart surgery observations and other special hospital visits in the Texas Medical Center. These trips sparked a passion and desire in her students to enter the medical field. Sheree loved to introduce her students to the world of Science, especially Anatomy, and the endless possibilities that that field had for their lives as far as their health and careers. In 1996, Sheree was selected as BISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Speir was awarded the Lamar Award of Excellence in 1996 and the Science & Engineering Fair of Houston – Teacher of the Year in 2000. In 2005, Sheree accepted the opportunity to serve BISD as the Science Curriculum Facilitator. While in administration, she initiated the Science Leadership program for Elementary, Middle, Intermediate & High School educators, Initiated District Science Lab Safety Procedure & Inspections and was the Coordinator of the Brazoria County Science Fair. Sheree retired in 2013, after serving as BISD’s Interim District Curriculum Coordinator.

Ron and Sheree Speir have also given back to our community through service. Ron has served on the committee for the Walk for Habitat & Student Penny Drive, on the Board of Associated Reciprocal Safety Councils, currently serves with Upward Sports Ministry and the Walk to Emmaus Ministry. Sheree devotes her time to the Cradle of Texas Emmaus Community, Upward Sports, Bible Study Fellowship and as the Children’s Program Teacher. Mr. and Mrs. Speir are also both very actively involved in their church, the First Baptist Church of Lake Jackson.

The Speirs have two children - Jennifer and Michael. Both children attended BISD schools and are graduates of Brazoswood High School. Jenni graduated from Texas A&M University and is currently completing her Masters of Physician Assistants Studies at the University of Texas Health Science in San Antonio. Michael graduated from Baylor University with an Engineering Degree and is employed with Dow Chemical. Michael is married to another BISD graduate and they have two children – who are future BISD students.

Ron and Sheree Speir just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and we celebrate the impact that they have made in the lives of thousands of students in BISD and southern Brazoria County in their over half a century combined years of service to our schools and our community.
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