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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: Mustangs

School Colors: Reflex Blue, Silver

Mission Statement:
Provide all students with a relevant and rigorous learning experience to cultivate a robust STEM environment.

A portrait of Principal Crystal Mitchell
Crystal Mitchell - Principal
My name is Crystal Mitchell and I am the proud principal of the John Jay Science & Engineering Academy (SEA). Ever since I can remember, I have always been passionate about STEM. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas State and my Masters of Education from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2003, I began my career as a high school science teacher in Austin, Texas. Since then, I have served as an administrator at the middle school, high school, central office, and collegiate settings. From 2016-2019, I had the honor of serving as the Vice Principal of the Science & Engineering Academy. I am grateful that I had the opportunity last year to come back home and serve as the Principal of this amazing school. My vision for our SEA students is that every student will explore their STEM interests, discover their passions, and graduate innovators and leaders in society. This year, our school will celebrate our 25th Anniversary. I look forward to reconnecting with our SEA Alumni, strengthening our STEM pipeline, forming new partnerships within our community, and continuing our school’s tradition of excellence.
A portrait of Associate Principal Jean Karst
Mrs. Jean M. Karst - Associate Principal

The Associate Principal also serves as the Campus Behavior Coordinator. They can be reached by email at or by phone at 210-397-2846.

Mrs. Jean Karst is a highly qualified professional with a strong academic background in the fields of biology, environmental science, and education. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). Following her undergraduate studies, Mrs. Karst gained valuable experience as a research scientist at a local laboratory. While continuing her professional commitments, she simultaneously pursued a Master's degree in Environmental Science at UTSA, showcasing her dedication to continuous learning and specialization in her chosen field.

She enrolled at Our Lady of the Lake University to obtain a Master's degree in Education, demonstrating her commitment to fostering a positive and influential impact on the academic development of students. Since venturing into the realm of education, Mrs. Karst has steadfastly devoted herself to the betterment of students and the enhancement of STEM learning experiences. Her unwavering commitment to education is reflected in her continuous pursuit of knowledge and dedication to shaping the minds of future generations, solidifying her position as a respected and accomplished professional in the field.

Michael Dickerson
Programs Coordinator

Michael Dickerson, the Programs Coordinator at John Jay Science and Engineering Academy, brings a diverse background to education after a decade-long career in policing. His academic journey includes earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and obtaining a Master's Degree in Administration from Lamar University. Michael's resilience and commitment to professional growth were evident as he balanced coursework with work, dedicating evenings and summers to his education.

As an educator, Michael embodies compassion and positivity, fostering a supportive learning environment. His genuine care for students, coupled with a strong connection and respect for colleagues and administration, reflects his dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of students. Michael's passion for education is rooted in his personal love for learning, driving his continuous pursuit of knowledge and excellence.

Beyond his professional role, Michael is a family man, married for over 14 years to his wife Sarah, and a proud father of a son and daughter. 


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