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Board picks Prairie View principal

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Prairie View Elementary School in Rhome will have a familiar face at the helm next school year.

Yolanda Wallace

Yolanda Wallace

The Northwest ISD board on Monday named Yolanda Wallace the school’s principal. Wallace is currently assistant principal at Clara Love Elementary School in Fort Worth. She has also taught in NISD since 2008 at the elementary level.

“(She) has a passion for students, has a wealth of instructional knowledge and will be a very strong leader in that community,” Superintendent Karen Rue said during her recommendation. “We’re looking forward to seeing her in that role.”

At Love Elementary, Wallace has helped improve instructional programs, provided effective professional development and has built strong partnerships between the school and the community, district officials said.

As a teacher, she served as a team leader for several grade levels and was named an Exemplary Educator in 2011 – a school’s top honor for a classroom teacher.

“Ms. Wallace has been a valuable educator and administrator in our district and I am confident in her ability to lead the Prairie View Elementary School community,” Rue said. “She has immersed herself in leadership opportunities and has a thorough understanding of district programs and initiatives designed for student success. I look forward to watching her continue the culture of excellence at Prairie View.”

Before joining Northwest, Wallace taught in Fort Worth ISD and Aurora, Ill., schools. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, a master’s from Lamar University and is working on her doctorate in educational administration.

Wallace will begin meeting with the staff and students at Prairie View Elementary this spring and will take the reins for the 2013-2014 school year. She succeeds Sandy Conklin, who was named principal of NISD’s Beck Elementary School in Trophy Club.

“I’m thrilled to join the Prairie View family,” Wallace said in a press release issued by the district. “I’m looking forward to working with teachers, parents and students and taking our school to new heights … I am committed and energized to ensure success and high expectations for all students. I understand the district’s vision, and I’m eager to get started.”

IN OTHER NEWS

The board also:

  • approved the legal mechanism to start aquiring the needed easements for the construction of V.R. Eaton High School;
  • heard the human resources district effectiveness report in a unqiue, video format and a brief report on March financials and investments; and
  • learned that principals Stephanie Espinosa, Seven Hills Elementary School in Newark; Michael Griffin, Haslet Elementary; and Kim Caley, Schluter Elementary were selected to attend a Harvard Leadership Program by Raise Your Hand Texas, an advocacy group for improving public schools by investing in educational leaders. Rue said three principals from the same district was “an precedented number.”

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