Welcome to Sam Houston

Welcome to the Sam Houston Elementary School website! We serve students in grades K-5 in Marshall ISD's STEM program. School hours each day are 7:31 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are grateful for your support of our students, and we invite you to stop by and visit our campus or contact us at any time if you have questions. We hope the information you find on this website will be helpful to you, but if you have questions or concerns please don't hesitate to give us a call at 903-927-8860. Thank you and Go Mavs!

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What is STEM

Marshall ISD opened its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy at South Marshall Elementary in the fall of 2014. The opening of MISD's Legacy 2017 elementary schools prompted the move of the K-5 STEM academy from South Marshall to a renovated Sam Houston Elementary School. STEM has become a focus area for our educational program. The purpose of STEM is to increase student inquiry and curiosity through engagement, higher level questioning, self-reflection and openness to new ideas, and respect for evidence characterized through scientific inquiry. The goals of the STEM program are to increase proficiency of all students in STEM and increase the number of students capable of pursuing a STEM career. The STEM curriculum is standards-driven and developed in collaboration with campus teachers, administrators and the Ingenuity Center. The foundation of STEM curriculum is based on Project-Based Learning (PBL) with 21st century skills embedded in daily lessons and schedules. The vision of our MISD STEM program is to be a leader in STEM education, preparing and inspiring generations of diverse learners to meet the challenges of society through innovation, collaboration and creative problem solving.

Campus Administration

Jordyn Livingston

Jordyn Livingston

Principal of Sam Houston STEM Academy


Emily Wood

Assistant Principal

Campus Discipline Coordinator


About Our School

The new Sam Houston Elementary School opened in August of 2017 as a renovated facility from the old Sam Houston Middle School. The renovation was part of the Legacy 2017 building program born out of the passage of a $109,200,000.00 bond issue approved by MISD voters in May 2015. Huckabee, Inc., served as the architect for the Legacy 2017 building program, with WRL General Contractors, Ltd., serving as the general contractor for the Sam Houston renovation. Project Manager for the Legacy 2017 building program was Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN), of Houston, Texas.

The original Sam Houston Middle School opened in September 1964 to serve students in grades 7-8 and was originally named Marshall Junior High School. The facility was constructed out of funds made available in a $4.6 million bond issue in 1962. When MISD reorganized in 1981 under court order, the eighth-grade campus became one of two new middle schools for fifth and sixth graders. The old Sam Houston Elementary School closed that year, and the newly organized middle school assumed the name.

The district's STEM program began at South Marshall Elementary in 2014. The South Marshall building was originally constructed in 1916. The school was repeatedly recognized for its academic excellence and achievement, with designation as a "High Performing, High Progress" school in back-to-back years prior to closing upon opening of the "new" Sam Houston.

In recognition of the long heritage of both Sam Houston Elementary and South Marshall Elementary, the new school includes areas that have been named in honor of past educators and campus communities that make up the new campus. The Jake Matthews Administrative Offices are named after Mr. Jake Matthews, who served as principal at South Marshall from 1976 until he retired from MISD in 1994. The Della Washington Learning Center is in honor of Mrs. Della Washington, who taught at South Marshall for 47 years (1962-2008) and then returned in 2012 following a brief retirement. "Miss Della" still teaches third grade at Sam Houston, having taught a total of 60 years in Marshall. Additionally, the Lady Else Gymnasium honors Coach Lady Else, who taught P.E. at Sam Houston Middle School from 1989 until 2017.


About Marshall ISD

Marshall ISD is located in Marshall, Texas, in upper east Texas, 40 minutes from Shreveport, La., to the east and just over two hours from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex to the west. Marshall is located at the intersection of three major highways -- Interstate 20 and State Highways 59 and 43. Historic Caddo Lake is located less than 20 minutes to the northeast of downtown Marshall, and the city is also just a short drive from Lake o' the Pines to the northwest. Marshall has a population of 23,523 according to the 2010 United States Census, and serves as the county seat of Harrison County. The average home market value in Marshall ISD, according to the Harrison Central Appraisal District 2020 Annual Report, is $112,713. Marshall ISD encompasses an area of approximately 346 square miles in and around Marshall. MORE INFORMATION