administration was awarded from Colorado’s Metropolitan State University of Denver. His master’s degree in school leadership is from Sul Ross State University. The district’s new director of human resources for employee benefits and risk management, Mario Carmona, has 16 years of experience in the field. Most recently employee benefits manager in El Paso’s Canutillo ISD, he is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a master’s degree in business administration. Newly hired Socorro Middle School Principal Nadia De La Rosa, a product of Socorro ISD schools, has returned to the district where she served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal from 2005 until 2015. She was most recently the director of bilingual education for El Paso’s Clint ISD. The new principal of Mission Ridge Elementary School, Jesus Mendez, is a graduate of Socorro ISD schools and an employee of the district for 19 years, nine of those as an administrator. He earned his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and his master’s degree in educational administration, both from The University of Texas at El Paso. Rosa Vega-Barrio, now
principal of Sanchez Middle School, has spent her 16-year career in Socorro ISD. After serving as principal of Shook Elementary for four years, she opened Mission Ridge Elementary in 2014. Vega-Barrio earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from The University of Texas at El Paso and her master’s degree in educational administration from the same institution.
Stephenville ISD Now serving as the district’s director of special programs, Kelli Crain brings 13 years of experience to her new position, having served as a special education teacher and a consultant and teacher mentor for ESC regions 18 and 11. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. She earned her master’s degree in education from Sul Ross State University. Renee Goodwin has been promoted from principal of Henderson Junior High to the district’s director of testing and accountability. She has been an educator for 13 years, the past six with the district. She earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and her master’s
degree in educational administration from Tarleton State University. Brianna Hodges, newly
appointed director of digital learning, began her career in 2005 in the fields of marketing and public relations. She became an educator in 2010 when she taught and coached in Weatherford ISD. She joined Stephenville ISD in 2014 and was previously a digital learning integration specialist. Hodges, who earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas, received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Tarleton State University. Daresa Rhine, new assistant principal of Hook Elementary School, has 13 years of experience as an educator, 10 of those as a teacher and librarian at the campus. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tarleton State University.
Chamberlin Elementary School’s new assistant principal, Esther Tucker, taught first and second grade at the campus prior to accepting her new position. She is a graduate of Tarleton State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and her master’s degree in education administration. Now serving as principal of Henderson Junior High is Donna Ward. She most recently was assistant principal of Belton High School in Belton ISD. She is a graduate of Tarleton State University. David Woods has been
named Stephenville ISD’s director of transportation. He comes to the district from Fort Stockton ISD, where he spent 15 years, most recently as social studies department chair. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Sul Ross State University.
Sulphur Bluff ISD Blake Hill, the new athletics director, returns to the district where he served from 2012 to 2015 as a teacher, coach and athletics director. Last year, he was with Moody ISD as a teacher and assistant junior varsity and varsity football coach, head boys’ basketball coach and assistant baseball coach. Hill, who earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University, holds a master’s degree in the same field from Texas Woman’s University.
Sweeny ISD Kelly Bertsch, former instructional technology specialist, is now director of technology services. She has spent her 20 years as an educator with the district and is a graduate of the University of Houston, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Les Kluttz has been promot-
ed from assistant principal of Sweeny High School to executive director of school support services. He has been an educator for 33 years, 29 of those with the district. His bachelor’s degree in agriculture science was earned at Sam Houston State University. His master’s degree in education is from the University of Houston. Former Athletic Director
Brett Miksch is now the
principal of Sweeny High School. He has been with the district for eight years. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees were awarded from The University of Texas. Gerald Nixon, the new executive director
of human resources and public relations, comes to his new position from Columbia High School in Columbia-Brazoria ISD, where he was assistant principal. An educator with 23 years of experience, he received his bachelor’s degree in education and his master’s degree in educational administration from Sam Houston State University. A new dean of students is in place for the district. Joey Olguin, former athletic coordinator and head football coach, has spent 11 of his 17 years as an educator in the district. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Sam Houston State University.
The district’s new executive director of curriculum, compliance and special programs is Amy Pope, former assistant principal of Sweeny Junior High. She has been an educator for 18 years, the past three with Sweeny ISD. She attended Texas A&M University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, and the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where she received a master’s degree in mid-management. Sweeny High School’s new assistant principal is David Smothers, who had been serving as a counselor at Sweeny Junior High. The > See Who’s News, page 44 Texas School Business NOVEMBER/DECEMBER