Briscoe Junior High’s Mike Semmler is Lamar Consolidated ISD’s 2012 Secondary Principal of the Year and Velasquez Elementary’s Heather Patterson is the 2012 Elementary Principal of the Year. Both were honored by their peers Friday at a meeting of the District’s administrators.
Semmler has been principal at Briscoe since 2006. Prior to taking the helm at Briscoe, Semmler served as an Assistant Principal at Foster High School and Briscoe, as a Technology Trainer for LCISD and as a science teacher at Wessendorff Middle School.
Semmler has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Dakota, where he was an All-Conference football player. He also coached for one year at his alma mater.
Patterson has been at Velasquez since it opened in 2006, serving as the Assistant Principal before becoming the campus leader in 2010. She taught at Pink and Travis elementary schools prior to entering administration.
She has her bachelor’s from Texas Tech University and her master’s from the University of Houston-Victoria.
Velasquez is a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School nominee.