I am very excited to have the opportunity to teach your teen at Magnolia West High School!  This is going to be an exciting year for me.  Not only do I get the privilege to teach at one of the finest schools I have ever taught but also, I am a senior mom this year.  My youngest is a senior here at West.  So, I am all in: #WestNation!


A little bit about me...

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from New Mexico State University, which is located in lovely Las Cruces, New Mexico.  I have multiple teaching fields because my BS is a broad teaching field in social studies.  When I discovered that it was challenging to gain employment in social studies, I went back to school to earn additional credits in science.  In addition to a BS, I hold a Masters of Education Guidance and School Counseling that I received from Texas State University, located in San Marcos, Texas (also known as San Marvelous to some).  I was a school counselor in Texas for six years, a gifted education facilitator at Deming High School in New Mexico, and my favorite of all positions:  classroom teacher.  This is my twenty-fifth year in education.  I have worked with all age groups and levels in those years.  I have coached athletics and academics and sponsored clubs.  I love this career and I truly feel blessed when I go home each day knowing that I do make a difference.


A bit about our classes...

We use CANVAS for almost all of our assignments.  Students can find assignments and resources in CANVAS 24-7.  They log into "CLASSLINK from Home" from the applications link under "Students & Parents" on our school webpage.  The code is MagnoliaTX.  This program has really made a huge difference in the number of students I have who are able to stay on top of their assignments and remain passing (and for some earn those A's!). **All announcements go through Remind or Canvas.**


Besides my teaching responsibilities at West, I am the sponsor for Science Fair.  If your Mustang has a problem they want to solve or a question to explore, please contact me.  We are trying to dig back into our science roots and find the joy of discovery through science.  Science is about curiosity!


I also coach UIL Academics in Science and Social Studies.  If your Mustang is interested in competing in one of these areas, please contact me () or Tom Wurst (UIL Coordinator) at 


Finally, I am very dedicated to helping students be successful and I am a highly-qualified teacher in earth and life science and social studies.  My philosophy is that all students are gifted in some way and part of my job is to help them unwrap those gifts.  More importantly, I feel that school is a vessel to prepare students for life after high school.


How to Contact Me:


  • MWHS Classroom #2155
  • Conference Period:  Daily from 8:08 a.m. to 8:56 a.m.
  • Email: jbyrn@magnoliaisd.org
  • Please follow our class on Twitter: @AcademicByrn
  • Office Phone:  281/252-2550
  • Student Remind:
    • AP Psychology Students please text:  @apbyrnpsy to 81010 for extra reminders and resources
    • On-Level Psychology Students please text:  @olbyrnpsy to 81010 for extra reminders and resources
    • Forensic Science Students please text:  @forsci1920 to 81010 for extra reminders and resources
    • UIL Team Members please text:  @byrnuil20 to 81010 for updates, travel times, and events
I am available for tutoring before and after school.
  • Before school, requires a pass so it is by appointment only.
  • After school, please verify with me to ensure I will be available Monday through Thursday. (Meetings and unforeseen events do happen.)
**Students are not allowed to come to teachers' rooms without a pass before school.**
The best time to come in?
Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday B-Block West Hour!
Regular Bell Schedule 

1st                                 7:15 - 8:03                    

2nd                               8:06 - 8:56                    

3rd                                9:01 - 9:49                    

4th                                9:54 - 10:45                  

5th                              10:50 - 11:38                  

West Hour A              11:38 - 12:06                  Lunch

West Hour B              12:10 - 12:38                  Tutoring (M, T, & TH) Duty (W, F)

6th                              12:43 - 1:31                    

7th                               1:36 - 2:25                     


The Scoop:

My expectations:

Because students have the right to learn, be heard, and be safe, I expect all members of my classes, teachers included, to show respect and responsibility.


What is needed:

  • A Positive Attitude
  • Supplies
    • Pen or Pencil
    • Folder for Paper & Handouts
    • Comp Book (Forensic Science)
Any extras:
We can *always* use:
  • Facial Tissues
  • Colored Pencils
  • Extra Pens and Pencils