We are Mabank.

MSI Personnel

  • Aaron Williams

    Aaron Williams. Associate Principal. Dr. Williams grew up in Rio Vista, Texas and graduated from Rio Vista High School in 2005. He attended Northwestern State University and graduated with a degree in Music Education, Magna Cum Laude in 2009. He began work as a band director in Mabank in 2009, and upon completing his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University, launched the Mabank Scholars’ Institute in 2013. He recently completed a doctoral degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education through Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Williams is passionate about his profession, dedicated to his students, and obsessed with learning. 

  • Rachel Griffin

    Rachel Griffin. Advanced Algebra II. Mrs. Griffin grew up in Mabank, graduating in 1997.  She attended Texas A&M University (WHOOP!), graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics.  She started my teaching career in the Fort Worth area, where she taught for 8 years. The 2016-17 school year will be her 5th year teaching, and 7th year at Mabank High School. She has been married to her husband Rob for 15 years, and they have two beautiful children. Their daughter, Emma, will be in the 5th grade at Mabank Intermediate, and their  son, Wyatt, will be in the 2nd grade at Central Elementary. 

  • Zach Williams

    Lisa Zimmerman. AP Biology. Mrs. Zimmerman began teaching in Garland in 2006, and after seven years of traditional classroom teaching, she spent five years teaching for a virtual/online high school. This is her 6th year to teach AP Biology, and she has taught Biology for seven years, in addition to teaching Chemistry, IPC, Environmental Science, and Research & Design.  Biology and Chemistry are her passions and she has a Master's degree in both from Texas A&M Commerce. She has been married 24 years, and has 3 kids (21, 18, & 16). In her spare time, she and her family  enjoys camping & being out in nature, as well as off-roading in her Jeep. She love crafts and sculpting when she has time to be creative. 

  • Amanda LaNier

    Amanda LaNier. AP World History. Ms. LaNier grew up in Deer Park, TX (suburb of Houston) and attended Deer Park High School. She graduated in 2006 from the University of Houston with a degree in Political Science. She has been teaching at Mabank High School for 11 years and has enjoyed teaching World History the most, especially the French Revolution! Ms. LaNier loves cars, biking, video games and Netflix.

  • Kristi McKee

    Kristi McKee-Cookston. Advanced Chemistry. Mrs. Cookston has been teaching for 9 years at Mabank High School. She teaches all levels of Chemistry and Forensics. Prior to teaching, she was a laboratory technician studying the effects of mutations on the Factor H protein and how it impacted other known diseases. She enjoy teaching and showing our future how cool science is and especially chemistry.

  • Nicci Romero

    Nicci Romero: Advanced Geometry. Mrs. Romero have been teaching for 14 years and all years of service have been with Mabank ISD.  Mrs. Romero currently teaches students in various levels of high school mathematics.  Most of her courses are Geometry.  She believes Geometry is all around us in both nature and man-made environment. Mrs. Romero also sponsors the Mabank Chapter of the National Beta Club in which students learn to lead by serving others.  She and her husband Emmanuel, and have two sons, Eli and Noah.  She also have a stepdaughter, Desiray.  Her family is my joy.   

Mabank Scholars' Institute

News & Updates

Mabank Scholar Institute is Heading to Europe

Continuing on its mission to push young adults to become confident and creative builders of their future, the Mabank Scholars’ Institute embarks on new leg of enriching educational experiences for students. Designed from the ground-up within the district, the program has worked tirelessly to meet the needs of an often overlooked group of students. Striving to produce productive and creative graduates, the program is heightening its focus on providing a solid grounding in literature, history, art, politics, and culture; develop an understanding of life and the physical sciences; develop the ability to write and speak intelligently about many subjects; gain a better understanding of mathematics.

Opportunities to see the world in action is an essential part of providing a relevant, rigorous, and holistic high school experience. Last spring, 40 scholars and their teachers traveled to Washington D.C. to gain a better understanding of our nation’s origins and to see our government in action. The experience was eye-opening for many, presenting a chance to apply classroom learning in real-world scenarios. The goal of immersing the group into the first of many memorable experiences was a complete success. Having taken nearly a year of planning and coordinating, the Mabank Scholars’ Institute is excited about their next endeavor. Nearly 90 scholars, teachers, MISD administrators and parents will travel to Europe in the spring of 2017, taking the success of the program abroad. Travelers will embark on a 12-day educational journey stretching from London to Paris, from Paris to Florence, from Florence to Rome, and an additional two days exploring the Italian coast. Among the many highlights of the tour, travelers will get to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, take in the beauty of Il Duomo in Florence, and astound the grandeur of the Roman Colosseum.  

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2018-2019 MSI Summer Assignments