Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees Hires New Administrators

At its regular meeting last night, the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees hired personnel for 49 positions in the district, including Special Education Director, Finley Junior High principal, Turner Prekindergarten Academy principal, Waxahachie High School assistant principal, Clift Elementary assistant principal, and Wilemon STEAM Academy assistant principal.

Audrey Thomas, currently a special education coordinator in Arlington ISD, was named Special Education Director for Waxahachie ISD. Ms. Thomas will work closely with retiring Special Education Director Diane Chapell to ensure a seamless transition for the department.

Derek Zandt will transition from assistant principal at Finley Junior High to fill the role of principal for the campus. Mr. Zandt has worked at Finley since 2006, first as a teacher before taking on the role of assistant principal.

Stefani Foster, who is currently an elementary assistant principal in Red Oak ISD, will serve as the new principal of Turner Prekindergarten Academy. Ms. Foster spent seven years as a teacher at Felty Elementary before taking on her role with Red Oak ISD.

Matt Queen comes to Waxahachie ISD from Ennis ISD, where he is currently serving as a junior high assistant principal. Mr. Queen will be joining the team at Waxahachie High School as an assistant principal.

Waxahachie ISD has promoted two of its own to campus leadership positions: Monika Bray, currently a teacher at Felty Elementary, will be taking the role of assistant principal at Clift Elementary, and Karin Polk, currently a math curriculum coordinator, will help to launch the new Wilemon STEAM Academy as its assistant principal.

“We couldn’t have asked for a stronger group of leaders for our district,” said Dr. Jeremy Glenn, Waxahachie ISD Superintendent. “Our Board of Trustees and district administration have worked hard to ensure that Waxahachie ISD is a great place to work and that our pay scales rival any other district in our area. The fact that we are able to recruit and retain such fantastic staff members is proof of that hard work.”

In addition to personnel moves, the Board of Trustees held a workshop prior to the regular meeting. In this workshop, the Board discussed a number of pressing issues, most notably campus safety and security and the construction of the district’s new elementary school.

The board will hold a special called meeting later this month specifically to discuss campus safety and security.

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Continuing our tradition of “Excellence in Education,” the mission of the Waxahachie Independent School District is to develop, through a cooperative effort with the home and community, well-educated, responsible citizens who can excel in a complex world.