Belmont University graduate credits CFISD for postsecondary success

July 9, 2019

Bri Holcombe, a graduate of Cypress Ranch High School, poses with her Ault All-Star reading necklace after graduating from Belmont University’s College of Law. Holcombe credits her Ault Elementary School teachers for teaching her reading fundamentals and instilling in her a love for reading.
Bri Holcombe, a graduate of Cypress Ranch High School, poses with her Ault All-Star reading necklace after graduating from Belmont University’s College of Law. Holcombe credits her Ault Elementary School teachers for teaching her reading fundamentals and instilling in her a love for reading.

July 9, 2019Bri Holcombe, a former student of Ault Elementary School, Spillane Middle School and graduate of Cypress Ranch High School, recently graduated from Belmont University’s College of Law and credits CFISD and teachers for her postsecondary success.

“My teachers at Ault really pushed reading and creativity and that stuck with me,” Holcombe said. “They taught me the basic foundations of reading.”

After graduating from Cy Ranch in 2012, Holcombe attended Baylor University before earning her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. During her law school graduation, T. Wayne Holcombe, Holcombe’s dad, suggested she take a photo with her Ault All-Star reading necklace.

“It was all dad,” Holcombe said. “I think he wanted to credit the people who got me where I am today.”

Bri Holcombe’s Ault All-Star reading necklace is filled with stars from books she read in elementary school. Holcombe’s favorite books growing up included Harry Potter and Magic Tree House.
Bri Holcombe’s Ault All-Star reading necklace is filled with stars from books she read in elementary school. Holcombe’s favorite books growing up included Harry Potter and Magic Tree House.

Furthermore, Holcombe’s dad also credits her teachers for instilling in her a love for reading.

“Her room was transformed from a neatly organized place to sleep into a personal library,” T. Wayne Holcombe said. “She spent every spare minute discovering different places and going to new worlds in her mind.”

In addition to Holcombe’s teachers at Ault giving her a solid reading foundation, Holcombe also credits her teachers at Spillane and Cy Ranch for pushing her to do her best inside and outside of the classroom.

“I can’t credit my teachers in middle and high school enough for really investing in me personally and academically,” Holcombe said. “CFISD really made an impact on me personally through the teachers investing their all.”

Some of the teachers that stood out to Holcombe include Kimberly Crisp, her third-grade teacher, Ryan Rhodes, her language arts teacher, Cinda Scheff, her English teacher, Cheryl Bradford, her theatre teacher, and Krista Schad, her algebra teacher.

Holcombe’s dad also joins her in thanking her teachers for investing so much time in her.

“One day many years from now, when Bri comes home to visit, she will pass by her old elementary school and remember that everything she accomplished is because of the loving, hardworking and dedicated teachers at Ault who taught her how to read,” T. Wayne Holcombe said.

Holcombe is currently studying for the Universal Bar Exam, which she will take at the end of July. Holcombe wants to come back to Texas and practice family law.

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