Houston Treasure for 2017
Photo by: Gittings
Sybil F. Roos actively supports many of Houston philanthropic organizations, including Houston Junior Woman’s Club; City ArtWorks; Easter Seals Greater Houston; Houston Grand Opera; Houston Museum of Natural Science; Houston Symphony; Houston Zoo; Methodist Hospital; The Mission of Yahweh; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; University of Houston Moores School of Music; and Texas Children’s Hospital. She is a member of Phi Mu Fraternity Alumnae Association, Spring Valley University Women, Spring Branch Retired Teachers Association, The Woman’s Club of Houston, and Delta Kappa Gamma.
Sybil’s 2016 honors include The Mission of Yahweh gala honorary chair; the Houston Symphony Ball Ima Hogg Award; and honoree for the Moores School of Music gala, Houston Junior Woman’s Club Holiday Happening and City ArtWorks – The Art of Conversation. She is a season ticketholder to the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Broadway Series, Theatre Under the Stars and Houston Astros. Sybil is a Houston Zoo Asante Society member and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston lifetime member.
The third of four daughters born in Los Angeles to Besse and Charles Friedenthal, Sybil has three daughters, four grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.
Sybil graduated from Beverly Hills High School, Centenary College (B.A. in Music with an emphasis on Piano and Composition) and Northwestern State University of Louisiana (M.Ed. in Elementary and Special Education). During WWII, Sybil was a proud member of the Navy WAVES.
In Louisiana, Sybil taught mentally challenged students, served on the Council for Exceptional Children and was a member of the Caddo Parish Teachers Association and Louisiana Association. Upon moving to Houston in 1975 with her husband, Henry, Sybil became a first-grade teacher for Spring Branch ISD, where she was the 1983-84 Spring Branch Elementary Teacher of the Year. She participated in the Spring Branch Educators Association, the Texas State Teachers Association, the National Teachers Association, and the Greater Houston Area Reading Council.
Sybil has been honored with life memberships in the Louisiana and Texas PTAs and the Jewella (Shreveport, LA) Council of Girl Scouts. She is included in “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in Education.”