The Brook Hill School is in it’s 24th school year, which makes the school old enough to now have some of our own alumni enroll their children! Wow! We love our alumni, but we especially love welcoming our legacy students. We recently got to chat with Craig Halbrooks ’05 on returning to BH… this time as a parent! Catch up with Craig below –
Life came full circle for alum Craig Halbrooks when his oldest son, Wesley, started Kindergarten at The Brook Hill School this Fall.
Craig Halbrooks attended Brook Hill from sixth through twelfth grades before graduating in 2005. He was a stand out in the baseball program, helping take the team to the state tournament three years in a row and win the championship in 2004.
He went on to play baseball at Cisco Junior College, later attending Texas A&M University. Halbrooks was pursuing a career that helped people and wouldn’t be the same everyday. This led him to a career in Law Enforcement, where he says, “every day and every person you interact with is different.” Halbrooks added, “Often times, when people call Law Enforcement, they are having the worst day of their life. Being able to be there and help them is an indescribable feeling.”
Halbrooks is now a Lieutenant at the Smith County Sheriff’s Office. We are grateful for his service, especially in these current times! In return, Craig expressed that he is grateful for the effort that each teacher at Brook Hill put into ensuring the success of their students.
“The faculty and staff pour everything they have into the students.”
“The faculty and staff pour everything they have into the students. They treat the students as one of their own and genuinely want them to succeed. At Brook Hill, the students are not just another number to the faculty and staff,” said Halbrooks.
For Craig, it was the faculty that made him want the same experience Brook Hill offers for his own son. “It amazed me that after about a week in school, every person working the drop-off/pick up line knew my son by name and always greeted him with a friendly, welcoming smile, calling him by name,” said Halbrooks.
“It amazed me that after about a week in school, every person working the drop-off/pick up line knew my son by name and always greeted him with a friendly, welcoming smile, calling him by name.”
He learned first-hand and has witnessed it again with his son that at Brook Hill, our teachers care not just about who the student is now, but who they are becoming. Halbrooks listed Brook Hill founder Steve Dement as one of those faculty members that impacted his life.
He shared, “Mr. Dement was one of the teachers who earned the respect of the students while relating to them on a personal level. I would like to thank him for his leadership and vision for Brook Hill because without him, I would not have received the first class education that I did and I would not be able to afford this opportunity to my children.”
It brings us so much joy to see our alumni return to Brook Hill with their own children. Like Craig, we pray that Wesley, and all of our other 28 “legacy” students, recognize how loved they are at Brook Hill, even while the Brook Hill family continues to grow every day.