Arlington Citizen-Journal

Arlington school district trustees appoint principals, assistant principals

The Arlington school district has announced several campus administrative appointments.

Lora Thurston has been named principal of the consolidated Ousley/Ferguson junior high. As a part of the 2014 bond program, Ferguson Junior High students will be rezoned to Ousley Junior High next fall so the Ferguson building can be repurposed for Newcomer Center and Venture High School.

Thurston is now the principal at Ousley, where she has also served as an assistant principal. Previously, Thurston taught English and reading at Bowie High School and Carter Junior High. Thurston has a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from Abilene Christian University.

Inelda Acosta is the new principal of the consolidated Workman/Hutcheson junior high. As a part of the bond program, Hutcheson students will be rezoned to Workman next fall while a districtwide career and technical center is built on the Hutcheson site.

Acosta is now the principal at Hutcheson. She was principal at Crow Elementary, an assistant principal at Carter and an ESL teacher at Shackelford Junior High. She taught bilingual third grade at Roark Elementary. Acosta has a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Jerod Zahn has been named principal of Shackelford Junior High. Zahn has served as the principal of Ferguson since May. He was an assistant principal at Boles and Young junior highs, and previously taught English and coached at Bailey and Gunn junior highs. Zahn holds a bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University and a master’s degree from the University of North Texas.

Juan Villarreal is the new principal of Gunn Junior High. Villarreal has been serving as the principal at Turning Point High School and was an assistant principal at Martin High School. Villarreal served as an assistant principal at Fort Worth Paschal and Arlington Heights high schools. He has a bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University and a master’s degree from Sul Ross State University.

Assistant principal appointments

Assistant principals for Bowie and Sam Houston high schools, Carter Junior High and Thornton Elementary have also been named.

Lee Jones is a new assistant principal at Bowie. Jones taught science and coached at Workman Junior High, was the sports director of the 21st Century Program at Nichols Junior High and taught physical education at Berry Elementary. Jones has bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Angela Bicknell has been named an assistant principal at Sam Houston High School. Bicknell has been the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant coordinator in the Birdville school district. Previously she was an assistant principal in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district and an English/language arts teacher at Haltom High School. Bicknell has a bachelor’s from the University of North Texas, a master’s from Texas Wesleyan University and a doctorate from Walden University in Minneapolis.

Brandon Howard is a new assistant principal at Carter Junior High. Previously, Howard has been assistant principal at Key Elementary and taught history and coached at Bailey Junior High. Howard has a bachelor’s from McMurry University and a master’s from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Carlos Lopez has been named assistant principal at Thornton Elementary. Lopez has taught second, third and fifth grade and Title I at Fort Worth Helbing Elementary. Previously he was a vocational rehabilitation counselor with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. Lopez has a bachelor’s from UT Southwestern Medical Center and a master’s from American College of Education in Indiana.

District administrator named

Mark Strand has been selected as director of human resources customer service center. Strand has been a principal in the Arlington school district for 18 years, including Newcomer Center, Anderson, Crouch and Dunn elementaries, and an assistant principal at Sherrod Elementary. He also taught at Starrett and Goodman elementaries and Nichols Junior High. Strand has a bachelor’s from Concordia Teachers College in Illinois and master’s degrees from both the University of Illinois-Chicago and the University of North Texas.

National Merit and Achievement semifinalists, Hispanic Scholars named

Sixteen students were inducted into the district Wall of Fame this month as National Merit Semifinalists, a National Achievement Semifinalist and National Hispanic Scholars.

Alton Braxton of Arlington High was named a National Merit Achievement finalist.

National Merit Semifinalists included Angela Chen, Melissa Fulfer, Veronica von Bose, James Park and Hannah Webb, all of Martin High School; Jessica Hilton, Vivian Nguyen, and Ran Zhou, all of Arlington High School; and Miranda Hulsey of Lamar High School.

National Hispanic Scholars were Kaylie Lechuga, Sherilyn Morales and Dawood Nadurath, all of Martin High School; Georgina Ghio and Luis Herrera, both of Bowie High School; and Katherine Sandoval of Arlington High School.

Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657

Twitter: @shirljinkins

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