Mr. Brandon Linder

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Mr. Brandon Linder

Mr. Linder is a 1999 graduate of Pearland HS and loves being able to teach in his hometown.  After high school he attended the University of Houston where he studied trumpet and music education.  After attending U of H he worked as the assistant band director at Dulles Middle School in Sugar Land where he also met his wife Holley who was also a band director in FBISD at the time.  In 2005 Mr. Linder returned to Pearland ISD as the band director at Pearland JH East, then in 2007 he moved over to Pearland JH South and Sam Jamison MS where he has been now for 12 years.  The band program at PJH-South has grown tremendously over the past 12 years and has received many awards for their outstanding performances.

 

Mr. Linder and his wife Holley, now and elementary music teacher in Fort Bend ISD live in Missouri City with their twin daughters who are 8 years old.  Mr. and Mrs. Linder play weekly in their church orchestra and Mr. Linder co teaches an adult Bible study class at the church.  In his free time Mr. Linder enjoys spending time with his family, riding bikes and working in his yard and going on road trips.   Mr. Linder’s favorite restaurant is Gringos, his favorite fast food is Whataburger (although Chick Fil A is a really close 2nd).   When stopping at Starbucks on an early morning he enjoys a Grande Non Fat Latte with 1 Splenda.

Mrs. Ashley Clift

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Mrs. Ashley Clift

Mrs. Sarah Bennett

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Mrs. Sarah Bennett

Sarah Turpin Bennett is in her 13th year of teaching and her second at Pearland Junior High South.  After growing up in Corpus Christi, she attended the University of Houston, where she was a member of the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band, the Moores School Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble  Prior to coming to PJHS, she taught in the Friendswood and Cy-Fair school districts and has experience teaching at the varsity, non-varsity and sub-non varsity levels.  Her bands have had success at a wide variety of contests and competitions, including UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest, the Gator Music Festival, and the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors competition.  In 2018, her Friendswood Junior High band performed at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis as one of only seven junior high bands nationwide selected for this honor.

Outside of school, Ms. Bennett is active in the CrossFit community, coaching several classes a week and entering competitions whenever she can.  She can deadlift 270 pounds... just as a handy bit of information.  In her spare time, Ms. Bennett spends time with her dogs Kettlebell, Winston and Rocket.  She is the Houston Rockets' number one fan and goes to every home game at Toyota Center she can attend.  The worst possible thing you could call her would be a Lakers fan, and students need to be prepared to lose if they try to trash talk with her.  #RunAsOne

Ms. Bennett's favorite TV show is Doctor Who and her favorite food is tacos.  Her Starbucks order is Pike Place coffee with almond milk and 2 Splendas.  

YAY FOR BAND!