Two educators begin work as principals for Grapevine-Colleyville schools

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Sheila Shimmick and Conrad Streeter have been named principals in the Grapevine-Colleyville school district by the Board of Trustees.

Shimmick has spent her 14-year teaching career as a member of the Grapevine-Colleyville school district and will continue that tradition as principal at Colleyville Elementary. She started her new job July 23, transitioning from her role as assistant principal at the district’s Heritage Elementary School where she also taught fourth grade (1998-2003) and second grade (2004-2009). She will be paid an annual salary of $78,442.

The position opened after June Ritchlin, the school’s former principal, was named principal at Timberline Elementary.

Shimmick sees her GCISD tenure as a valuable strength for facing any new challenges.

“I know the direction the district is going and the best practices we are putting in place. I am better prepared for that,” she said. “My number one priority is building relationships with the community. I have big shoes to fill.”

Married to a member of the Grapevine Police Department and a mother of three, Shimmick said she did not initially have aspirations to be a school principal.

“Initially everything was all about the kids. I loved having my own classroom and being with the kids. You spend more time with them essentially than their parents,” she said. “I was encouraged to get my master’s, though. Throughout that process I learned I could do more for more kids by being in that leadership role.”

Enrollment at Colleyville Elementary is more than 500 students and Shimmick will work with one assistant principal.

A new face at Heritage High

Conrad Streeter began his tenure as principal of Colleyville Heritage High School the day after the board met July 15 to confirm the new positions. He said the transition happened quickly, and that he hadn’t planned to leave his position as principal at Gene Pike Middle School in Northwest Independent School District.

“When this opportunity opened the door, I was very happy. I loved my staff and loved being in Northwest,” Streeter said. “GCISD has a great reputation and I know a lot of people are happy here, too.”

As principal at Heritage High, Streeter will receive an annual salary of $108,818.

Streeter was the principal of Argyle Intermediate School for four years before moving to Northwest, and was an assistant principal in the Lewisville school district. He earned his master’s in educational administration from the University of North Texas in 2007.

Joe Harrington, Heritage High’s former principal, resigned to take a position as an assistant superintendent with the Hurst-Euless-Bedford district in June.

The new position is Streeter’s venture back into high school administration.

“I loved being a high school assistant principal and I knew I wanted to get back there. I wanted to practice my leadership at a middle school, though,” he said. “Obviously, this is bigger and faster paced. There are more moving parts. That’s part of the joys.”

He said his interest in returning to high school work also piqued as his kids, ages 14 and 16, started high school.

Streeter says getting to know his new students at Heritage High School (with nearly 2,2200 enrolled) will be a challenge.

“The place I am going to start is making sure we are reaching all of our students and making sure kids are dialed in and connected to the campus and community. I am big on being visible, on communication and on bringing stability for a while,” he said. “I am used to knowing all of my students’ names. I know that will be more difficult now, but I am going to start with the freshman and seniors and work from there.”

School begins in the district on Aug. 26.

Nick Dean, 817-390-7856 Twitter: @bynickdean

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