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New Principals Named for 2010
March 9, 2010

Principals for the new schools opening in the fall of 2010 were named by the Board of Trustees at the March 8 regular meeting.

Mary Webb, currently assistant principal at Ogle Elementary, was named as principal of Purefoy Elementary. Webb has been an educator for 11 years. She had experience as a teacher, librarian and administrator in Terrell and Crandall ISDs before joining FISD in 2006 as an assistant principal. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Oklahoma; she obtained her master’s from Texas A&M Commerce.

Shannon Acosta, currently assistant principal at Tadlock Elementary, was named principal of Sonntag Elementary. Acosta has nine years of experience in education – she taught for seven years at Smith Elementary and helped open Tadlock Elementary as assistant principal in 2008. Her bachelor’s degree is from Canisius College in New York; her master’s degree was earned at Niagara University.

Phil Evans, currently assistant principal at Liberty High School, was named principal of Cobb Middle School. Evans has 13 years of experience in education. He taught for six years in Plano and McKinney ISDs and he was middle school dean of students/assistant principal in Plano ISD for five years before joining FISD as an administrator in 2008. His bachelor’s degree is from Baylor University and his master’s degree is from the University of North Texas.

Dr. Gary Nye, currently assistant principal at Wester Middle School, was named principal of Hunt Middle School. Nye has 12 years of experience in education. He taught for six years in Fort Worth and Plano ISDs and was dean of students for two years before joining FISD in 2006 as an administrator. His bachelor’s degree is from Emporia State University in Kansas; his master’s and doctoral degrees are from the University of North Texas.

Cory McClendon, currently assistant principal at Roach Middle School, was named principal of Maus Middle School. Cory has 11 years of experience in education. He taught for five years in Wichita Falls and Plano ISDs before joining FISD in 2004 as a teacher at Centennial High School. He has been an assistant principal for three years. His bachelor’s degree is from Midwestern State and his master’s degree is from University of North Texas.

Dr. Rick Reedy, Superintendent of Schools, stated that district officials were impressed with the overall quality of this year’s applicants, which made it a difficult decision.


“We are extremely pleased to have these outstanding professionals joining the ranks of principal,” he said. “They are a great addition and will serve the students and the community well.”

Note: Karen Kraft was named last year to lead Lone Star High School, which is opening this fall with grades 9-11.