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Congratulations to our retirees announced recently

DECEMBER 17, 2020 – Silsbee ISD would like to congratulate its recent retirees announced recently as we end the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year.

After long, successful careers at Silsbee ISD, Silsbee Elementary Principal Terry Deaver, Silsbee Elementary Associate Principal Tammy Stout, and Silsbee High School Paraprofessional/Coach James Collins have announced retirements and begin a new phase in their lives.

Terry DeaverTerry Deaver

Terry Deaver began her career in education in 1986 as a fourth-grade language arts teacher at Read-Turrentine Elementary. She spanned 31 years at Silsbee ISD, and spent three years as a math teacher at Beaumont ISD at the middle school level to complete 34 total years in education.

She began her career as a teacher for 10 years before becoming an education diagnostician for two years. In administrative roles, she served eight years as an assistant principal, one year as principal of Kirby, Laura Reeves and Read-Turrentine, principal of Laura Reeves for eight years, and principal of Silsbee Elementary and Laura Reeves Primary for 5½ years.

“I realized I wanted to work and be able to raise my children,” she said. “So, math teacher it was, and the rest is history. I made the right choice.”

During her tenure as an educator for Silsbee ISD, Deaver was named Silsbee Elementary Principal when it opened in 2015 after the consolidation of first through fifth grades into one campus. She was also appointed in 2019 by Governor Greg Abbott to the Board of Directors of the School Safety Center.

During her retirement, Deaver plans to spend time at her home on Lake Tahoe, complete a 100-mile race in the mountains, and spend time with her granddaughter.

Deaver and her husband of 36 years have two sons, two daughters-in-law and one granddaughter.

Tammy Stout Tammy Stout

Tammy Stout began her career in education at Silsbee ISD in 1988 and ends it career here after 33 years. She became a fifth-grade math teacher at Laura Reeves Elementary immediately after graduating from college. She is a native of Silsbee and graduated from Silsbee High School.

“I love our community and the people in it,” she said. “I appreciate how hard our families and teachers work together.”

After her stint as teacher, Stout served in positions as assistant principal at Kirby Elementary and Silsbee High School, counselor at the former Read-Turrentine campus and Laura Reeves Elementary, and head principal of Read-Turrentine before ending her career as associate principal of Silsbee Elementary School.

Stout notably remembers coaching UIL math at Silsbee High School from 2006 through 2009. During that span, three math teams qualified for state competition in Austin. She remained in the UIL program during her stint on the elementary level.

Stout plans on volunteering in the community and spending time with her seven grandchildren.

She is married to Mark Stout and they have three daughters, seven grandchildren, and two pet puppies.

James Collins James Collins

Collins began his career in education at Silsbee ISD in 1995 after serving in the Air Force. He retired from military service in 1994.

In April 1995, he was hired as a paraprofessional at Silsbee Middle School when it was located near the old Kirby Football stadium.

He remained at the middle school campus and began coaching track on that level, which eventually led to his assistant coaching career. He remained on the middle school level for 11 years. He was recruited to become an assistant coach by former Athletic Director Charlie Woodard.

He then moved to the SAC program for two years before moving to the high school level, where he remained for 12 years.

“I never envisioned myself in education,” said Collins. “But once I started working in the school district, I found it was the perfect thing for me.”

Collins was no stranger to instruction having served in the military as a Master Instructor.

At Silsbee High School, Collins remained as an assistant coach on both the middle school and high school levels, notably as an assistant on the Silsbee High School Boys Basketball program where he received two UIL state championship medals.

“I feel satisfied with my time working in education,” James Collins said. “It was very fulfilling, but I felt like I was at a place in my life where it was time to hang it up.”

Collins and his wife Barbara have 4 children and six grandchildren. He plans to spend more time with his grandchildren and continue as an associate pastor at his local church.