After a five-year stint at the head of Northwest ISD’s Seven Hills Elementary School in Newark, Principal Stephanie Espinosa is moving on.
Last week the school board picked the six-year NISD employee to lead Lakeview Elementary in Trophy Club, where she began her tenure with the district as a classroom teacher in 2007.
Previously, she was a teacher, an assessment specialist and assistant principal in the Fort Worth and Crowley school districts.
Espinosa earned her doctorate in education administration at Nova Southeastern University in May 2013. She holds a master’s degree in education administration and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas Christian University. This spring, she was one of 50 Texas principals selected to participate in a cohort of top public school campus leaders at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
She begins her new role at Lakeview in the 2013-2014 school year. Her replacement will be named later this summer.
In other news, the board:
- announced David Hester as the NISD Education Foundation executive director. Hester has served as a grants and resources specialist at Tarrant County College since June 2012. Prior to relocating to Texas, he was the executive director of the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association Education Foundation, where he focused on the education of secondary students. Under his leadership, general funding increased from $25,000 per year to more than $420,000. Hester began his position at NISD June 24.
- accepted a note from Tim McClure, representing West ISD, thanking NISD for its support as the community rebuilds. Last month, the board donated use of five portable buildings to the school district whose town was ravaged by a fertilizer plant explosion.
- honored its finance department for receiving the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for excellence in preparing and issuing the 2012-2013 school system annual budget, the Distinguished Budget Presentation award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) and a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting. It also recognized the communications department for two Awards of Merit it received from the National School Public Relations Association for a marketing video series and a series that showcased bond dollars at work.
- heard what officials anticipate as the last of policy updates from this legislative session regarding instructional materials, bilingual education, communicable diseases, state assessments, Texas Virtual School Network, hazardous routes in transportation, Family and Medical Leave Act rules and provisions from the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act and Uninterrupted Scholars Act of 2013.
- recognized Brian Knox and Erika Pedroza of the Wise County Messenger for being among less than 400 media representatives across the state named to the 2013 Media Honor Roll, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). Criteria for the district selection included the media representative’s efforts to get to know the superintendent, board president and the district’s mission and goals; report school news in a fair, accurate, and balanced manner; give a high profile to positive news about schools; visit the schools; and maintain a policy of no surprises by sharing information with school officials.