Grandview Hills Elementary School hired Kathy Goecke as principal in August. She was an elementary teacher before becoming an administrator and spent the past 17 years as principal of Central Elementary in Nevada, Iowa. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees were conferred by the University of Iowa. Abby Kennell now leads Mason Elementary
School as principal. She has been with the district since 2005 and most recently served as assistant principal of Reagan Elementary. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Texas.
Mark Koller took the helm as principal of
Leander Middle School in August. He has been principal of Pleasant Hill Elementary for the past four years. Koller received his bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and his master’s degree from Lamar University. Now leading Pleasant Hill Elementary School as principal is Heather Robbins, who has been with the district since 2000. She was most recently assistant principal of River Place Elementary. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, she holds a master’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington. Shelley Roberts now leads River Ridge Elementary School as principal. An employee of the district since 2004, she has served as assistant principal of Bush Elementary for the past 12 years. Roberts earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Texas.
Running Brushy Middle School’s new principal is Jim Rose, a graduate of Franklin College of Indiana. He holds a master’s degree from Indiana University. He was opened River Place Elementary as principal in 2009. Christine Simpson is principal of Rouse
High School. She was principal of Leander Middle School since 2012, having joined the district in 2000 as a language arts teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her master’s degree from Texas State University.
Ramiro Zuniga has been named the district’s senior executive director for information technology services. He began his career in Harlingen CISD as a computer programmer and since that time has served in a variety of capacities, including chief technology officer and director of technology in districts in the San Antonio area and in Port Arthur. Zuniga earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas Pan-American, where he also received his doctorate in educational leadership. His master’s degree was awarded from the University of Texas at Brownsville.
Lewisville ISD Amy Acosta has accepted the position of principal of Timber Creek Elementary School, where she most recently served
as assistant principal. She joined the district 12 years ago after beginning her career in Houston as a bilingual teacher. A cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Spanish, she earned her master’s degree in education from Concordia University. Former Marcus High School Principal Amy Boughton now holds the top job at Griffin Middle School. A product of Lewisville ISD schools, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Woman’s University and is at work on her doctorate. Now leading Coyote Ridge Elementary School as principal is Padgett Cervantes, who was assistant principal of Heritage Elementary since 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in educational administration from the University of North Texas. Angie Deaton is the new
principal of the Lewisville Learning Center. She spent the past 10 years as assistant principal of The Colony High School, having joined Lewisville ISD 14 years ago after beginning her career in Irving ISD. She received her bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University and her master’s degree from the University of North Texas. Valley Ridge Elementary School began the 2016-2017 school year with a new principal: Rachel Garrett. She has been an employee of the district for nine years, most recently working as an RtI facilitator. Garrett is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she received bachelor’s degrees in communication studies and psychology. Her master’s degree in educational administration was conferred by Concordia University. McKamy Middle School has welcomed Kelly Knight as principal. She has been with the district for 13 years, most recently working as assistant principal of Downing Middle School. She is a graduate of The University of Texas, where she received her bachelor’s degree in speech and organization communications, and of Texas Woman’s University, where she received her master’s degree in educational administration. Now serving as associate principal of Night High School is Michael Todd.
The newly appointed principal of Lewisville Elementary School, Lakshmi ValdesNatividad, has been with the district since 2008, most recently serving as supervisor of the literacy/dyslexia, RTI and at-risk programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree from State University of Coahuila, Mexico, and a master’s degree from the University of North Texas.
Lubbock-Cooper ISD Annie Crawford is principal of North Elementary School. Previously, she spent a year as an ESL teacher at Bush Elementary and LubbockCooper Middle School. She is a graduate of Lubbock Christian University and Texas Tech University and has 11 years of experience as a teacher and administrator.
McAllen ISD Jose Gonzalez is the
new superintendent. Gonzalez, who served as interim superintendent since February, has been with McAllen ISD for 18 years. Prior to his interim assignment, he was an associate superintendent.
McKinney ISD Secondary science coordinator Kendra Durham was most recently a middle school science coordinator in Frisco ISD. A graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, she received her master’s and doctoral degrees, both in curriculum and instruction, from Texas Tech University. Darla Jackson, former
assistant principal of McNeil Elementary, has transferred to lead Evans Middle School, where she served as assistant principal from 2013 to 2015. An employee of the district since 1999, she holds a bachelor’s degree in human learning and development from Texas Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Lamar University. The district’s new senior director of curriculum and instruction is Melanie Magee, an educator with 17 years of experience. She was most recently principal of Polk Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. A middle and high school administrator for eight years, Magee earned her bachelor’s degree in > See Who’s News, page 34 Texas School Business NOVEMBER/DECEMBER