FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Marva Rasberry Retires After Changing Student Lives for Over 38 Years
Jun 24, 2021 – STAFFORD, Texas – Chief Operations & Innovations Officer Marva Rasberry has announced her retirement after 38 years of working at Stafford MSD. Ms. Rasberry began working at the school in 1983 as the Business teacher at Stafford High School and will bid the district farewell at the end of this month.
In 2019, the role of Chief Operations & Innovations Officer was created to oversee departments on campus like the College and Career Center, STEM Magnet Academy, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources, Federal & State Programs, Communications & Marketing, Testing & Textbooks, Library Media Services, and Counselors.
As the longest tenured administrator, Ms. Rasberry became the first African American administrator in the district’s history as Principal in 1997, and was the first Counselor on campus. She is well-known for her rapport and has been a consistent advocate for quality and excellence in education, and the mental and emotional health of students.
Over the years, Ms. Rasberry has served in positions such as Counselor, Assistant Principal, Principal and Deputy Superintendent. During the early years of the district, she was instrumental in creating the Business program, which incorporated typing, computer programming, accounting and the student organization DECA. Ms. Rasberry took the first DECA team and first cheerleading team to nationals, which are successful programs on campus to this day. Many longtime citizens of Stafford will remember she was Chair of the very first Wee Miss Stafford, a beauty pageant competition.
During her career at SMSD, she has been an educator to thousands of original students who went on to have successful careers as professional athletes, attorneys, doctors, teachers, and engineers. Many school alumni have returned as staff to work under her leadership including the 2020-2021 District Teacher of the Year, Ms. Cathrine Habervo.
Ms. Rasberry wrote the lyrics to the alma mater song that is sung at many Stafford High School events. The song says, “Spartans forever. With pride we sing your name, song of courage, honor, spirit, song of victory, song of fame. Red and gold, our colors, will wave proudly in the sky. Stafford School so strong, so true. Alma mater, hail to you.”
In July, the campus will celebrate 40 years of educational excellence made possible by campus leaders like Chief Marva Rasberry. A reception has been planned in her honor before her last day of contract for the 2020-2021 school year, but her legacy will continue into perpetuity.