Jennifer Gallagher is beginning her 15th year in education in Alvin ISD. She was previously the inaugural head choir director at Nolan Ryan Junior High, before opening Shadow Creek High School in 2016.
A 2008 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Houston, Jennifer was voted as the “Teacher of the Year” for her campus and was the Secondary “Teacher of the Year” for Alvin ISD in 2013-2014. She was also a state finalist for an HEB “Excellence in Education” award in 2014. Jennifer is the recipient of the “Young Director of Distinction” Award from the Texas Choral Directors Association and served a term as the Vice President for the MS/JH division of TCDA. Jennifer was the TMEA Region XVII MS/JH vocal coordinator for several years and also served as HS vocal chair.
An active clinician and TMAA adjudicator, her varsity treble choir performed at the Bay Area Chorus Invitational in 2011, her varsity tenor/bass performed at the "Hear the Future" Invitational with the Houston Chamber Choir in 2016, and Poseidon Chorale performed at the University of Houston High School Invitational in 2018. Soundwaves has been invited to perform again at the U of H Invitational in November, 2022.
Jennifer is a past TMEA Region XVII President and served a three year term on the UIL PML committee. She is the founder of YOUnity Playground, a social media organization committed to connecting music educators and prioritizing their mental health. She resides with her husband John and daughter Lily Kai in Pearland.
Mr. Espinoza serves as the Associate Director of Choral Activities at Shadow Creek High School and is the musical director for the all-school musical program. This will be the start of his sixth year at Shadow Creek High School.
Prior to coming to Shadow Creek, Mr. Espinoza taught at Rodeo Palms Junior High. He was Teacher of the Year for Rodeo Palms in 2017 and was also the Rookie Teacher of the Year at Milstead Middle School in Pasadena ISD in 2015 prior to coming to Alvin ISD.
Mr. Espinoza attended the University of Houston on a vocal scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance. Choirs under his direction receive consistent superior ratings at UIL contest. He has been a region choir co-organizer, a section leader, and has recently served on the TCDA Diversity Equity & Inclusion committee.
Frankie has performed with the Houston Chamber Choir, Cantare, the Houston Symphony Chorus, and as a staff singer at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Houston.