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Frisco ISD Fills Key Administrative Positions

Jul 06, 2017

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees formally approved several key hires during School Board meetings this spring and summer. Congratulations to the following individuals:

July 2017

Amanda Ziaer, principal in Coppell ISD, was named principal at Hunt Middle School. Ziaer has been principal of Coppell Middle School North since 2013 and previously served as assistant principal at CMS North and New Tech High School in Coppell. Her teaching experience includes roles in Spring, Mesquite and Coppell ISDs. Her bachelor’s degree is from Sam Houston State University and her master’s degree is from Concordia University. 

June 2017

Ashley Rainwater, associate principal at Liberty High School, was named principal at Liberty. Rainwater has worked at Liberty since 2011, first as assistant principal and then associate principal. She previously was an instructional coach/department chair at Wakeland High School and taught math at both Wakeland and Frisco High School. She also has teaching experience in Highland Park and Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISDs. Her bachelor’s degree is from The University of Texas at Austin and her master’s degree is from Lamar University.

Danny Barrentine, principal at Hunt Middle School, was named associate principal at Frisco High School. Barrentine has served as principal at Hunt since 2014. He joined Frisco ISD in 2000 as a teacher and coach, working at both the middle and high school levels. His administrative experience includes serving as campus athletic coordinator, instructional coach/department chair and summer school assistant principal and principal. His bachelor’s degree is from Ouachita Baptist University and his master’s degree is from Lamar University.

Jon-Eric Ziaer, associate principal in Coppell ISD, was named associate principal at Liberty High School. His bachelor’s degree is from Southwest Texas State University and his master’s degree is from Lamar University.

Chris Miller, assistant principal in Lewisville ISD, was named assistant principal at Nelson Middle School. His bachelor’s degree is from The University of North Texas and his master’s degree is from Texas Woman’s University.

Sarah Claunch, teacher at Boals Elementary, was named assistant principal at Newman Elementary. Her bachelor’s degree is from Southern Methodist University and her master’s degree is from Lamar University.

Haley Hudnall, instructional coach at Elliott Elementary, was named assistant principal at Robertson Elementary. Her bachelor’s degree is from Texas A&M University and her master’s degree is from Lamar University.

Tabitha Richardson, teacher at Mooneyham Elementary, was named assistant principal at Spears Elementary. Her bachelor’s degree is from West Texas A&M University and her master’s degree is from Tarleton State University.

Chelsea Winbush, teacher in Plano ISD, was named assistant principal at Clark Middle School. Her bachelor’s degree is from The University of Texas at El Paso and her master’s degree is from The University of Texas at Arlington. 

Andrew Groover, district director of internal audit at Collin College, was named director of internal audit. He brings a wealth of auditing and accounting experience in both the public and private sector, including previous roles at Texas Woman’s University, The University of Texas at Dallas, Baylor Health Care System, Fleming Companies, Inc. and more. He is certified as a public accountant, internal auditor, internal controls auditor, information systems auditor and fraud examiner. His bachelor’s degree is from Oklahoma State University and his master’s degree is from the University of Nebraska.

Scott Warstler, principal at Liberty High School, was named director of planning and business operations. Warstler came to Liberty as associate principal in 2010 and took over as principal in 2013. Previously, he served as an associate principal and assistant principal in Amarillo. He has ten years of teaching experience in Coppell, Frisco and Canyon ISDs. His bachelor’s degree is from Indiana University at South Bend and his master’s degree is from West Texas A&M University.

Jacob Duce, associate principal at Frisco High School, was named principal at Lebanon Trail High School. He previously served as assistant principal at Lone Star High School and as the Frisco ISD high school summer school principal. Before that, he taught social studies at Heritage and Liberty high schools, as well as Prosper Middle School. His bachelor’s degree is from the University of North Texas and his master’s degree is from Concordia University.

Kimberly Frankson, assistant principal at Phillips Elementary, was named principal at Ashley Elementary. She previously taught at Nichols, Sem and Ashley elementary schools. Her bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees are from Texas Woman’s University.

Rachael Gilbert, assistant principal at Newman Elementary, was named principal at Newman. Previously, she served as instructional coach at Rogers Elementary and taught third and fourth grades at Smith Elementary. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Oklahoma and her master’s degree is from Dallas Baptist University.

Travis Volk, engineering teacher at the Career and Technical Education Center, was named assistant principal at the CTE Center. His bachelor’s degree is from Chadron State College and his master’s degree is from Wayne State College. Both are in Nebraska.

Jennifer Beck, gifted and talented facilitator in Lewisville ISD, was named assistant principal at Hosp Elementary. Her bachelor’s degree is from Baylor University and her master’s degree is from Texas Woman’s University.

Allison Claunch, a special education teacher at Spears Elementary, was named assistant principal at Ogle Elementary. Her bachelor’s degree is from Texas A&M University and her master’s degree is from Lamar University.

Fern Edwards-Ferguson, a teacher at Heritage High School, was named assistant principal at Liberty High School. Her bachelor’s degree is from Cameron University and her master’s degree is from Lamar University.

DuVaughn Flagler, a teacher in Amarillo ISD, was named assistant principal at Allen Elementary. His bachelor’s degree is from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, and his master’s degree is from West Texas A&M University.

Kristie Garrett, instructional coach at Curtsinger Elementary, was named assistant principal at Comstock Elementary. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of North Texas and her master’s degree is from Texas A&M University.

Natalie Gasmire, instructional coach at Norris Elementary, was named assistant principal at Bright Elementary. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from Baylor University.

Kelli Morse, teacher at Isbell Elementary, was named assistant principal at Miller Elementary. Her bachelor’s degree is from Texas A&M University and her master’s degree is from Concordia University.

Liliana Orellana, bilingual instructional coach in McKinney ISD, was named assistant principal at Boals Elementary. Her bachelor’s degree is from The University of Texas at El Paso and her master’s degree is from Concordia University.

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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