Fort Bend ISD congratulates the 23 graduates of the 2011 Fort Bend ISD LEAD Principals’ Academy. The graduates represented 22 FBISD campuses, and included three associate principals and 20 assistant principals, who are aspiring to become campus principals.
The LEAD (Leadership, Excellence, Accountability and Development) Principals’ Academy prepares eligible candidates for successful future FBISD leadership positions by having them complete eight challenging, monthly sessions that are relevant to enhancing leadership skills necessary to be an effective leader. Academy participants take part in sessions dealing with topics such as effective communication, realities of school finance, instructional leadership, and human resources. They are also required to complete a ROPES course to help promote team building, as well as StrengthFinders sessions to help identify their leadership strengths and discover their emotional intelligence for personal growth and development.
The 2011 Graduates of the LEAD Principals’ Academy are:
Susan Allen – Assistant Principal, Seguin Elementary
Kari Bruhn – Assistant Principal, Dulles Middle School
Ronnie Edwards – Assistant Principal, Clements High School
Shequelle Foster-Gims – Assistant Principal, Sienna Crossing Elementary
Brian Gipson – Assistant Principal, Glover Elementary
John Heller – Assistant Principal, Marshall High School
Anna Hinojosa – Assistant Principal, Burton Elementary
Patricia Holloway – Assistant Principal, Austin High School
Alena McClanahan – Assistant Principal, Quail Valley Elementary
Stephanie McElroy – Associate Principal, Sartartia Middle School
Walter McLoughlin – Associate Principal, Garcia Middle School
Heather Morgan – Assistant Principal, Mission West Elementary
Lori Oliver – Associate Principal, Clements High School
Carrie Richter – Assistant Principal, Oyster Creek Elementary
Jennifer “JJ” Roberts – Assistant Principal, Bush High School
Lori Ruckman – Assistant Principal, Scanlan Oaks Elementary
Simone Saad – Assistant Principal, Hightower High School
Sonya Smith-Watson – Assistant Principal, Holley Elementary
Paul Wells – Assistant Principal, Bush High School
Dawn Westfall – Assistant Principal, Lexington Creek Elementary
Elizabeth Williams – Assistant Principal, Hunters Glen Elementary
Lavanta Williams – Assistant Principal, Blue Ridge Elementary
Lisa Woodworth – Assistant Principal, Elkins High School
Joining in the graduation ceremony were: Sonal Bhuchar, Board President; Dr. Timothy Jenney, Superintendent; Dr. Olwen Herron, Chief Academic Officer; Beth Martinez, Organizational Development Director; and Dr. Dawn Carlson, Organizational Development Coordinator.
This year’s cohort was under the leadership of Dr. Carlson. During the graduation ceremony, she commended the graduates on all of their hard work and encouraged them to “be the example of what you want to see in others.” The graduates in turn thanked Carlson by presenting her with a token of their appreciation.
Dr. Jenney welcomed guests to the ceremony, explaining the importance and need for such an academy. He also congratulated the graduates and said, “I look forward to seeing you all blossom in your future leadership roles with the District.”