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Frisco ISD Fills Key Administrative Positions

May 18, 2017

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees formally approved several key hires during the School Board meetings in March, April and May. Congratulations to the following individuals:

May 2017

Dr. Stephanie Cook, previously director of guidance, counseling and college readiness in Irving ISD, was named director of guidance and counseling. Dr. Cook has experience as a high school counselor in Grapevine Colleyville ISD, as well as roles at Dallas Christian College, Birdville ISD and Arlington ISD. Her bachelor’s degree is from Dallas Christian College. She also holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University.

Lisa Jenkins, child nutrition technology coordinator, was named director of child nutrition. She brings more than 15 years of experience in child nutrition, including previous roles as director, technology coordinator and software project manager. Jenkins holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Arkansas and a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from Oklahoma University Health & Sciences Center.

Sherri Wakeland, principal at Newman Elementary, was named director of professional learning. Wakeland first joined FISD in 1994 and taught at Rogers and Curtsinger elementary schools before becoming assistant principal at Rogers in 1997. She opened Shawnee Trail Elementary as principal in 2000 and Newman in 2014. Previous experience included teaching roles in Coppell ISD. Her bachelor’s degree is from Stephen F. Austin State University and her master’s degree is from the University of North Texas.

Laura Del Hierro, assistant principal at Sonntag Elementary, was named principal at Anderson Elementary. Del Hierro previously served as assistant principal at Anderson from 2012-2014 and is a former teacher at Purefoy and Borchardt elementary schools. Her bachelor’s degree is from Texas Tech University and her master’s degree is from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Jennifer McGowan, assistant principal at Miller Elementary, was named principal at Rogers Elementary. McGowan previously served as assistant principal at Rogers from 2014-2016. She has also worked as an instructional coach at Comstock Elementary, literacy leader at Robertson Elementary and teacher at Ogle Elementary. Her bachelor’s degree is from Texas Tech University and her master’s degree is from Dallas Baptist University.

Dr. Natalie Miller, currently an elementary principal in Kalispell, Montana, was named principal at Elliott Elementary School. Dr. Miller brings more than 20 years of experience in elementary education, including roles as a teacher, literacy coach, instructional specialist and school administrator in Indiana, California and Montana. She has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, master’s degrees from Ball State University and Montana State University and a doctorate from Montana State University.

Loryn Tobey, assistant principal at Hosp Elementary, was named principal at Norris Elementary School. Previously, Tobey served as an instructional coach at Phillips Elementary and long-time teacher at Shawnee Trail Elementary. Her bachelor’s degree is from Texas Tech University and her master’s degree is from Lamar University.

Kandra Wooten, assistant principal at Robertson Elementary, was named principal at Isbell Elementary School. She brings 26 years of experience in education, including roles as a teacher, counselor and assistant principal in Fort Worth, Granbury and Waxahachie ISDs. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of North Texas and her master’s degree is from Tarleton State University.

Catherine Young, assistant principal at Vaughn Elementary, was named principal at Smith Elementary. Young previously served as assistant principal at Bright Elementary and the Early Childhood School and instructional coach at Sem and Purefoy elementary schools. Her teaching experience includes time at Purefoy and Riddle elementary schools, as well as in Irving and El Paso. Her bachelor’s degree is from The University of Texas at El Paso and her master’s degree is from Lamar University.

Richard Balling, a teacher at Lone Star High School, was named assistant principal at Wakeland High School. His bachelor’s degree is from California State University and his master’s degree is from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Monica Jackson, principal of Anderson Elementary, was named director of elementary student services. Jackson has more than 20 years of experience in education. She has served as principal at Anderson since 2009, and previously as the assistant principal and counselor at Borchardt Elementary. She also worked as a counselor and PE and health teacher in Melissa ISD. Her bachelor’s degree is from Texas Christian University and her master’s degree is from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Larry Croy, a teacher and coach at Reedy High School, was named assistant principal at Reedy. His bachelor’s degree is from Southern Methodist University and his master’s degree is from Lamar University. 

April 2017

Sandra Petrick, previously coordinator of payroll and benefits at Arlington Classics Academy, was named director of payroll. Petrick brings a wealth of experience in school district payroll and benefits, including system implementation, coordination, processing and operations. She previously worked for Education Service Center Region 11 and Argyle ISD, among others. Her bachelor’s degree is from Angelo State University.

Heather Greenhaw Alburquerque, assistant principal at Reedy High School, was named associate principal at Reedy. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Oklahoma and her master’s degree is from Concordia University.

Lauren Higgins, secondary Gifted and Talented teacher at Scoggins Middle School, was named assistant principal at Pearson Middle School. Her bachelor’s degree is from Kansas State University and her master’s degree is from The University of North Texas.

Kristina Pospick, campus instructional support facilitator at Lebanon Trail High School, was named assistant principal at Lebanon Trail. Her bachelor’s degree is from Illinois State University and her master’s degree is from Lamar University.

March 2017

Melanie Schroeder, previously director of payroll, was named director of internal controls and compliance. Schroeder brings 25 years of experience in government finance, including payroll, accounting, purchasing, audits, accounts payable/receivable and more. She has a degree in business management.

Kristopher Robinson, previously purchasing supervisor in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, was named director of purchasing.  He also brings previous experience as a buyer and senior buyer in Lewisville ISD. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from The University of North Texas.

Serita Dodson, principal of Isbell Elementary School, will move to Bright Elementary in the 2017-18 school year. Dodson began her career as a teacher in 2000 and taught kindergarten through third grades. She has served as principal at Isbell since 2012. Her bachelor’s degree is from The University of North Texas and her master’s degree is from Texas Woman’s University.

Garrett Jackson, previously special education coordinator, was named assistant director of special education. This position is federally funded. His bachelor’s degree is from Union University and his master’s degree is from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Katherine Maas, principal of Smith Elementary School, was named assistant director of special education. This position is also federally funded. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from the University of Houston.

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