Thornell receives promotion

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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Northwest ISD has named Dr. Robert Thornell the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

Dr. Robert Thornell

NISD Superintendent Karen Rue made the recommendation to the school board at its meeting Monday, which was postponed a week due to the icy weather the previous week.

Thornell, who previously served as NISD’s executive director of curriculum and staff development, succeeds Edward Chevallier, who retired after six years with the district.

Thornell will begin transitioning into this new role after the first of the year.

“Rob brings a strong background in curriculum and instruction, a vast knowledge base in instructional design and strong leadership skills,” Rue said in a press release issued by the district Tuesday. “We are excited to welcome Rob into his new role and know he’ll step in and hit the ground running.”

In his previous role, Thornell oversaw curriculum development and implementation for the district. He was instrumental in the development of a districtwide Community Based Accountability system, which was implemented just this year.

“His experience with professional learning communities and a focus on instructional goals will allow Rob to build upon our established foundation,” Rue said.

Thornell earned his bachelor’s degree in multi-disciplinary studies from Texas Tech University, his master’s degree in education administration from the University of North Texas, and his doctor of education in education administration from Baylor University.

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