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School Mascot: Bengals

School Colors: Maroon, Gold

Mission Statement:
Briscoe Middle School where everyone learns with a smile!

Principal Christina Rather dressed in a floral blouse
Christina Rather - Principal
Christina Rather-- Principal, Teacher, Wife and Mother

Christina Rather is a Northside product. She attended Stevenson Middle School, Zachry Middle school and graduated from Taft High School. After graduation she attended St. Mary’s University where she met her husband. They have been married for over twenty years and they have three daughters-a college student at UT Austin, a student at Harlan High School and an elementary student at Cole Elementary. Mrs. Rather later graduated from UTSA in 2001 with a Masters in Education Leadership.

Mrs. Rather began her teacher career as an English teacher at Zachry Middle School in 1997. While at Zachry she was appointed English Coordinator and a few years later she was hired as the Assistant Principal. In the fall of 2010 Briscoe Middle School was opened and Mrs. Rather was hired as the Vice Principal.

In December 2015, Mrs. Rather was promoted to Principal of Briscoe Middle School where she has proudly served for the last four and a half years. She can be found greeting children in the foyer in the mornings and reminding everyone that we believe, “The Best is Yet to Come.”
Vice Principal Brandon Masters in a blue shirt and yellow tie wearing glasses
Brandon Masters - Associate Principal

The Associate Principal also serves as the Campus Behavior Coordinator. They can be reached by email at or by phone at (210) 398-1115.

Mr. Masters joined Briscoe Middle School in 2017, following several months of service in the NISD Intern Administration Program at Pease Middle School. His career began at Jones Middle School, where he taught science for 9 years before entering the Intern program. During his teaching career Mr. Masters was awarded the Educator of the year for Anson Jones Middle School in 2016 and Educator of the Year of the state of Texas by the Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members in 2017.

Mr. Masters grew up in San Antonio and a product of Northside ISD. He is a graduate of John Jay High School. Mr. Masters attended college at the University of Texas San Antonio receiving his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the university.

Mr. Masters believes that interacting and connecting with the students and staff creates a collaborative school environment and is key in creating success in the classroom. He also prides himself on his strong and consistent leadership style which he believes enriches the educational experience at Briscoe Middle School.

During his free time, Mr. Maters enjoys all things basketball, his extensive shoe collection, and most importantly, spending time with his two sons.

Self portrait of Mrs. McKenzie
Dora McKenzie
Academic Dean

I look forward to beginning my 25th year in education. I am a product NISD and graduated from UTSA for my undergraduate and masters program. As the Academic Dean of Instruction at Briscoe Middle School, I have a variety of job responsibilities such as assisting teachers in planning, implementing and assessing the District goals and objectives. I collaborate to organize staff development programs and best practice teaching methodologies in the classroom. In addition, I collaborate with central office staff, administrators, department chairs in monitoring the delivery of curriculum and instructional practices. As a yearly focus, I will strive to intervene in the lives of students to impact academic achievement.  

First and foremost, I am an advocate for students and teachers to make Briscoe M.S. a successful and safe place for learning. I look forward to working with the best students, staff, and community in San Antonio.  

My husband works for NISD as the Principal at Folks Middle School. We live in Helotes, Texas with our three lively sons. As a family we enjoy traveling, going out to eat and spending a majority of our free time at a baseball diamond, golf course or football/soccer field.

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