New leaders at some Clear Creek ISD schools
Two of the new principals appointed this summer to lead schools in Clear Creek Independent School District pledged to build on their respective schools' successes, to improve communications and to continue the work on integrating technology into the classroom.
Debra Dixon said communications was mentioned often in a survey she sent to the school community almost immediately on taking the helm of Clear Lake High School. Dixon replaces Chris Moran, who left the district to become a superintendent at Brownsboro ISD in Texas.
In addition, Dixon said teachers mentioned support and the school's tardy policy.
"Teachers want a better tardy policy," Dixon said.
Dixon said attending to the concerns of the whole community, no matter how small, was important to realizing the school's vision for excellence.
"We want to make sure all students have the opportunity to excel and learn," Dixon said, referring to the challenges the school faces as the number of economically disadvantaged students continues to increase.
About 300 of the approximately 2,700 students are considered economically disadvantaged.
Yolanda Jones, the new principal of the approximately 500-student Robinson elementary in Seabrook, said they will be communicating with parents via email and telephone call-outs rather than sending paper communication home.
"My hope is to make that home school connection work and be positive for everyone," Jones said.
In addition, Jones said they will be using more technology in the classroom, such as daily broadcasts, and she wants to create even more volunteer opportunities, especially in literacy support.
The two women are amongst seven new heads recently appointed.
Jones, 52, comes to Robinson from Landolt elementary, where she was principal for seven years. Prior to that, she was an administrator at Hall elementary. Jones earned bachelor's degrees in human sciences and elementary education at Texas Tech University before starting her career in education as a fourth grade teacher in Humble ISD. She went on to teach elementary school in Indiana before returning to Texas to teach in Clear Creek ISD. Jones also has a master's degree in school administration.
Dixon, 51, was principal of Eastwood High School in El Paso before coming to Clear Lake to "broaden her experience." A former Spanish and English as a second language teacher and coach, Dixon was assistant principal at high schools in Washington state and Round Rock in Texas.
She has a degree in Spanish and a minor in biology from the University of Texas, teacher certification and a master's degree in educational leadership.
Lauren Berryman-Ambeau, formerly an assistant principal at Falcon Pass elementary, has taken the reigns of Ferguson elementary in League City.
Andrea Seagraves is heading up Ross Elementary. She was assistant principal at McWhirter Elementary.
Buffie Johnson is the new principal of Wedgewood Elementary. Johnson was previously assistant principal at Ward Elementary.
Kristina Lasserre moved from Ed White elementary, where she was assistant principal, to lead League City elementary.
Deb Reno was promoted from assistant principal to principal at Landolt elementary.
"Our new principals were chosen because of their collaborative leadership approach and their ability to motivate students and staff towards academic excellence," Superintendent Greg Smith said.
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