principal of Corbell Elementary in Frisco ISD, came after serving seven years in that district as a math instructional specialist. In addition, she taught in Richardson ISD and in the Virginia Beach (Va.) City Public Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied learning and development from The University of Texas and a master’s degree from Lamar University.
Corpus Christi ISD The district has approved Brigette Clark as chief administrative officer. After completing her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston in 2004, she has gone on to accumulate 12 years of financial management experience, 10 of those in school districts. She was most recently with Goose Creek CISD. Susan Holt, the district’s new executive director of curriculum and instruction, was previously an employee of Austin ISD, where she managed that district’s professional development programs. In addition to her time in Texas, she has worked in school districts in Oklahoma.
Now serving as the the district’s director of communications is Leanne Winkler Libby, who most recently was director of corporate support for KEDT-TV in Corpus. In addition, she has been a reporter for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and a freelance writer. Angie Ramirez, the new director of elementary schools, has 22 years of service in Corpus Christi ISD. Beginning as an elementary teacher and assistant principal, she has spent the past 12 years as a principal at Dawson, Kostoryz and Mireles elementary schools. Ralph Smith, now serving
as director of facilities and operations, is a U.S. Navy veteran who began his career in facilities management in Arizona. He has worked with the American Red Cross, Intel, energy companies and school districts. He comes to Corpus Christi from Amarillo.
Coupland ISD Tammy Brinkman, former director of curric-
ulum and instruction in Iola ISD, is the new superintendent. An administrator since 1994, she has worked in districts in Clark County, Nev., and in Bryan, Waco and San Antonio. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications and elementary education from The University of Texas at Arlington and her master’s degree in
educational leadership from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Lissa Archuletta, the new
principal of Hancock Elementary School, joins the campus from Hairgrove Elementary, where she was an assistant principal since 2012. The 21-year educator also has worked in Mesquite, Kaufman and Huntsville ISDs as a teacher, instructional specialist and testing coordinator. She received her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Texas State University and her master’s degree in education from Texas A&M University at Commerce. Patricia Myers, most recently an assistant principal at Owens Elementary, has been named principal of Moore Elementary School. After nine years as a music and art teacher in Midland, she came to Cypress-Fairbanks as a music teacher in 2000. She served in that position until taking her first administrative role in 2012. Myers holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Oklahoma City University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Lamar University.
Dallas ISD The new May Elementary School opened in August with Israel Rivera as its first principal. Initially a teacher at Bowie and Mount Auburn elementary schools, he was most recently principal of Budd Elementary. He is a graduate of Dallas ISD’s Skyline High School and attended The University of Texas, receiving his bachelor’s degree in communications and advertising from the University of North Texas. After making a career change to teaching, he completed his master’s degree in educational administration. Jason Rodriguez has been promoted from lieutenant to assistant chief of the Dallas ISD Police Department. A member of the force for 11 years, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and a master’s degree from Amberton University. He is the first Hispanic to be appointed to the department’s executive staff. Jennifer Tecklenburg has been named the
first female principal of W.W. Samuell High School since the campus opened more than 60 years ago.
Dayton ISD Former Lee College coach Brian Courtney has been hired as Dayton High School’s head basketball coach. Lecia Eubanks has come to the district from Galena Park ISD to accept the job of principal of Richter Elementary School. She
received her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Texas State University and her master’s degree in mid-management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She is at work on her doctorate in educational leadership from Lamar University. Dayton ISD’s new AP assistant principal is Brad Hadnot. Geoff McCracken, who has been with Day-
ton High School for 18 years, is now campus principal. After beginning his career in his native Louisiana, he came to Dayton High as head basketball coach and a social studies teacher, moving on to serve as the school’s assistant and associate principal.
Dayton High School began the academic year with a new assistant principal. Tom Swacker joins the district from four years in Sheldon ISD. Prior to that, he spent four years in Cleveland ISD.
Donna ISD The new superintendent is Fernando Castillo, who had been deputy and acting superintendent.
Duncanville ISD Tia Simmons is the new principal of Duncanville High School. The school’s first female principal in its 81-year history, she most recently led Spring High School in Spring ISD. Chad Wilhelm, the new director of safety
and security, is a native of Duncanville. He returns to his hometown from creating police departments for Kerens and Marshall ISDs. He previously worked for the Hunt County Sheriff ’s Office as a lieutenant.
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Lisa Dunn has accepted the position of di-
rector of elementary services. She brings 29 years of experience to the position, having most recently worked in GrapevineColleyville ISD. She holds a master’s degree in education administration from Texas Woman’s University.
Jennifer Gann, newly appointed coordinator of secondary advanced academics and differentiation instruction, has 12 years of experience in education. She was most recently an advanced placement English teacher at Saginaw High School. Gann received her bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University. Angela Kennedy, newly appointed curriculum coordinator for English language arts, was formerly the district’s early literacy training specialist. She holds a master’s degree in education from The University of Texas at Arlington. > See Who’s News, page 8 Texas School Business NOVEMBER/DECEMBER