KISD trustees announce principal assignments, recognize students

Mon, May 30, 2016 - 9:00am

by Raleigh Blackwell

Three principal reassignments were announced Monday night May 23 when the KISD Board of Trustees met. Melissa Salyer was named principal of Shafer Elementary.  Salyer has worked in the field of education for 32 years.   Her career began as a teacher at Welch Middle School in Houston ISD in 1984.  She joined Katy ISD in 1987 as a teacher at Memorial Parkway Elementary.  From 1999-2001 she served as a curriculum specialist for elementary Science before becoming an instructional specialist in professional development in 2001.  In 2005 Salyer...

Lacey Hailey named next McNair Principal

Tue, May 10, 2016 - 6:34pm

Lacey Hailey, assistant principal of Rivera Elementary School, has been named the next principal at McNair Elementary. The promotion coincides with the announcement that Dr. Debbie Cano, McNair’s current principal, will become the district’s new director of intervention services in the fall.

“I am honored and excited to serve the McNair community. I'm ready to work alongside the innovative and talented staff to continue the great things that are happening for students,” Mrs. Hailey said.

Mrs. Hailey spent her first five years with Denton ISD teaching Spanish and coaching...

DISD names new principals, transit head

Tue, Apr 19, 2016 - 11:34pm


The Denton ISD school board named four new principals and one new director of transportation at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

As the district prepares for the fall opening of two new schools on the U.S. Highway 380 Corridor, educators have been moving to different roles all over the district.

Fred Moore High School principal Beth Kelly was named the new principal at Navo Middle School. She will replace Mario Lane, who resigned because of personal reasons.

Before she became principal at Fred Moore in 2012, Kelly was an English teacher at Guyer High School...

Early bilingual teachers had to rely on creativity

Sun, Apr 3, 2016 - 11:47pm

By Mercedes Olivera

Bilingual education is common practice these days in public schools all over the country.

Teach children in their primary language, then shift them into English — it’s a basic strategy that has been successful after nearly 50 years.

But the early years of bilingual education were difficult — opponents demonized it, while supporters lacked the resources to successfully teach children in the language they had learned at home.

It took several years after Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed in 1967 for bilingual programs to get off the ground. There was no...

School, Social Learning, and Socrates

Wed, Apr 6, 2016 - 9:27am

Educational issue first: learning is a social process – so say two, great, Western thinkers. Now bring in the technology: free, device-agnostic apps that support synchronous collaboration. Connecting the educational issue to the technology is this month’s commentary; spoiler alert – the path from here to there is a tad circuitous, but we hope you will find that journey to be enjoyable and thought-provoking!

  • SOCRATES: “… knowledge will not come from teaching but from questioning”, from The Meno by Plato.