As Spring ISD continues working over the summer to prepare for a successful 2022-2023 school year, the district announced on Monday it has filled several key leadership positions, including five new principal selections.
“I believe each of these appointments at the administrative and campus levels will get us closer to our goal of ensuring excellent and equitable outcomes for our students,” said Spring ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lupita Hinojosa. “We are fortunate to be bringing new talent to the district as well as identifying effective leaders within our organization to move into new roles. This is a testament to our Leadership Definition to grow leaders who are Outcome-Driven, Service-Oriented, and Relationship-Centered.”
New Spring ISD principals for the 2022-2023 school year are:
- LaToya Patterson will serve as the Principal of Hirsch Elementary School. She is a longtime educator and leader in Spring ISD and a product of Spring ISD, graduating from Spring High School. She most recently served as Principal Resident, collaborating with principals from turnaround campuses to increase academic achievement. She has served in multiple other leadership roles, including Assistant Principal, Team Leader, and Teacher at Anderson Elementary.
- Sarahdia Johnson has been named as the Principal of Hoyland Elementary School. She most recently served in Spring ISD as a Digital Learning-Literacy/Math Instructional Coach at The School for International Studies at Bammel. She previously served in Spring as an Assistant Principal at Dekaney High School. She has also held roles such as Campus Administrator, ELA Teacher Development Specialist, and Special Education Lead Teacher.
- Cecily Parker has been named as the Principal of Jenkins Elementary School. She has served in education for 22 years, joining Spring ISD in 2008. She most recently led Westfield High School as the Ninth Grade Center Associate Principal and has served in multiple other roles in Spring ISD, including as a Development Specialist, an Assistant Principal at Westfield High School, and teaching roles at Dekaney High School and the Virtual School.
- Kimberly Dussette will serve as the Principal of Dueitt Middle School. A 14-year educator, she most recently served as Principal of Teague Middle School in Aldine ISD. She previously served as Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at Dekaney High School and as Associate Principal at Dueitt Middle School, and in various teacher leader roles in Spring ISD.
- Shalynndrea Sterling-Teel has been named as the Principal of The School for International Studies at Bammel. She most recently served as Interim Principal of the campus. She is a longtime educator with over 17 years of experience, serving in Beaumont ISD and West Orange Cove Consolidated ISD before joining Spring ISD in 2015. Before serving as Associate Principal at TSIS at Bammel, she was Assistant Principal of Twin Creeks Middle School and Assistant Principal at Wells Middle School.
Other leaders selected for the new school year include:
- Paul Carampatan has been named Director of Student Affairs, which leads the support of parents, students, and campus personnel in areas such as dropout prevention and recovery, attendance, discipline procedures, and the Student Code of Conduct. He has been a member of Team Spring since 2015, serving as Assistant Principal at Spring High School and Associate Principal at Bailey Middle School before being promoted to his most recent role as Principal at Dueitt Middle School.
- Tiffany Weston will serve as Director of Teacher Leadership Development, which guides the implementation of training and growing our teachers to become effective leaders in the classroom and beyond. As an educator for nearly 25 years, she most recently has served since 2014 as Principal at Jenkins Elementary School. She has held previous roles in Spring ISD as a Math Instructional Specialist at Clark Intermediate and as Assistant Principal at Heritage Elementary School.
- Michelle Starr has been named Assistant Superintendent for Research, Accountability and Testing, which focuses on directing all district activities related to collecting, reporting and analyzing data associated with federal, state and local accountability systems. With more than 30 years of experience as an educator, she has served in various roles in Spring ISD since joining the district in 2000, including as Assistant Superintendent for PK-8 Feeder #1 campuses, Principal, Assistant Principal, and TAKS Specialist.
- Tracey Walker has been named Assistant Superintendent of High Schools, which will oversee leadership of all five high schools in Spring ISD. With nearly 25 years of experience as an educator, she has spent a great deal of her career in Spring ISD – most recently serving as Director of Leadership Development-Secondary Schools. She also has served in various roles in Spring ISD since joining the district in 2007, including Principal of Roberson Middle School (a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School), Associate Principal of Dueitt Middle School, and Associate Principal at Westfield Ninth Grade Center.
- Dr. LaTracy Harris will serve as Assistant Superintendent of Academics, which will work with the Chief of Academics to help guide the implementation of educational and academic programs at all campuses, as well as professional development for all district employees. Dr. Harris, who has spent her entire career in Spring ISD, most recently served as Director of Leadership Development-Elementary Schools. With 18 years of experience as an educator, she has also previously served as Principal of Beneke Elementary School, and Associate Principal at Clark Intermediate.
- Dr. Kregg Cuellar has been named Chief of Academics, which focuses on the district’s overall educational and academic programs and professional development for all district employees. Dr. Cuellar joins Spring ISD from Midland ISD, where he most recently served as the Deputy Superintendent, overseeing the Office of School Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Services, Student Programs, Research and Evaluation, and Federal Title Programs. He has over 20 years of experience in educational leadership, including Deputy Superintendent for Portland (Oregon) Public Schools, Community Superintendent at Baltimore County Public Schools, and Assistant Superintendent of College Readiness in the Houston Independent School District.