A former top elementary teacher has been tabbed to become the lead administrator at Prairie View Elementary in Rhome.The Northwest school board at its April 22 meeting approved Yolanda Wallace, who is currently assistant principal at Clara Love Elementary in far north Fort Worth, to become Prairie View’s principal. Both campuses are in the Northwest school district.The vacancy at Prairie View came open earlier in the spring when the school board approved current Principal Sandy Conklin was chosen as the next principal at Beck Elementary in Trophy Club.Like the other two campuses, Beck is part of the fast-growing Northwest school district.Wallace will begin meeting with the Prairie View staff and students this spring and will officially take the helm for the 2013-14 school year.“I’m thrilled to join the Prairie View family,” Wallace said. “I’m looking forward to working with teachers, parents and students and taking our school to new heights.”Northwest Superintendent Karen Rue praised Wallace’s knowledge of district programs and initiatives aimed at student success.“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.”As assistant principal at Clara Love Elementary, Wallace is credited with improving instructional programs, providing effective professional development and building strong school-community partnerships.Before becoming an administrator, Wallace taught elementary school in Northwest since 2008. She has been a team leader for several grade levels and she was named an Exemplar Educator in 2011, a school’s top honor for a classroom teacher.She has also taught in Fort Worth school district and Aurora, Ill. Wallace has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a master’s from Lamar University. She is currently working toward her doctorate in educational administration.“Ms. Wallace has a passion for students and a wealth of instructional knowledge. She will be a very strong leader in that community,” Rue said at the school board meeting.