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NISD's mission is to provide all NISD students who are eligible to ride the bus a safe, efficient, nurturing environment that supports the educational and extra-curricular objectives of the district.


Northside ISD continues to enforce its “No Shots, No School” policy. Texas law requires all public school children have current immunizations in order to attend class.

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School Mascot: Bengals

School Colors: Maroon, Gold

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

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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.”
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Joe Bishop - 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.

Joe H. Bishop Jr. is a proud Texas native. He was born in Lewisville, Texas, grew up in Waco, Texas, and attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. In 2012, he received a Master's degree in Educational Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University, and in 2016 received an additional Master’s degree in Educational Technology Leadership from Lamar University. For leisure, Mr. Bishop enjoys weight training and spending time with his family, including his wife, Latia, his sons, Jordan and Javian, and his daughter Jaylyn.

Mr. Bishop began his career in 2010 as a math teacher and coach at Terrell Wells Middle School. After three years, he broadened his educational experience by becoming a Campus Special Education Coordinator at the same campus. Mr. Bishop then transitioned to administration as an Assistant Principal and Academic Dean, serving in these capacities at Leal Middle School and Terrell Wells Middle School. In the Summer of 2021, Mr. Bishop finally made his way to NISD as an Assistant Principal at Zachry Middle and then became a Bengal in October 2022 as an Associate Principal. Throughout his educational career, Mr. Bishop has sought to build strong positive relationships with his students, their families, and colleagues to create a family environment where students can thrive.

Mr. Bishop’s choice to pursue a career in education stemmed from growing up in a family of educators. His parents were school administrators who instilled a sense of service in Mr. Bishop at an early age. Through their support, guidance, and his own experiences, Mr. Bishop crafted his current philosophy for educating our future leaders: Students need to be loved, heard, and respected as individuals. They need guidance and grace as they grow into their future selves. Parents need to feel connected in partnership with the school to provide their children with the best educational support system. As a staff, the focus is on fostering an inclusive and nurturing environment that encourages curiosity and critical thinking. This approach aims to empower students to excel academically and develop essential life skills. Through open communication and a shared commitment to lifelong learning, the staff works collectively to shape well-rounded individuals who are prepared to face the challenges of tomorrow with confidence and resilience.

As Mr. Bishop strives to continue to inspire growth and innovation, he wants his legacy as an educator to leave an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of countless students and colleagues alike.

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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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Nereida Ollendieck
Assistant Principal

My name is Nereida Ollendieck  and I am the Assistant Principal of Dolph Briscoe Middle School. I have earned my master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I have 15 years of experience in public education serving as a teacher and in leadership positions.  My experience includes teaching at Memorial High School in Edgewood ISD, Health Careers High School in Northside ISD,  served as CTE department coordinator and pep squad director at Marshall High School and as the administrator intern at Rudder Middle School. Through my experiences  I have proven my  ability to build positive relationships with my co-workers, students, and parents. Becoming the Assistant Principal for Briscoe is an exciting opportunity and I look forward to the possibility of contributing and adding to the growth and success of faculty and students . 

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