Duncanville ISD recently announced the group of administrators who are either new to the district, or taking on new roles
These highly-qualified educators continually demonstrate character traits and values that align with our five core beliefs – purposeful engagement, quality teachers, collaboration and continuous improvement, valuing the individual, and schools impacting the community. “They’re committed to equipping our students with the tools and skills that they need to be successful in the 21st century,” said Superintendent Dr. Alfred Ray. “We’re excited to have them on our team as we focus on the future – leading the transformation of public education.”
After 35 years of service in the district, Duncanville ISD is pleased to announce the promotion of Duncanville High School Principal Mike Chrietzberg. He will transition into the position of Chief of Staff, effective in Fall 2012. This year Mike will serve as Executive Principal at Duncanville High School, with new principal Elijah Granger shadowing him as part of the transition. Mike has previously held the positions of Science teacher/coach at Byrd Middle School, assistant principal at Reed MS, and assistant principal and principal at the Duncanville Ninth Grade School. Since 1995, he has served as the principal at Duncanville High School. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1976, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1982, a Masters in Education degree from North Texas State University in 1985, and completed post-graduate studies at Texas Women’s University in 1994. He was selected as a Duncanville ISD Spirit of a Champion award recipient in 2003. Mike says he aims to facilitate student achievement, staff growth, and active parental participation through modeling the skills of life-long learning and total quality management.
Elijah Granger will be the new principal at Duncanville High School. He joins Mike Chrietzberg, who was promoted to the position of Executive Principal. Elijah joined our district in 2008 as principal at Kennemer Middle School. With ten years of education experience, he previously served as teacher, assistant principal, and principal for the Corsicana, Nacogdoches, and Lufkin school districts. Elijah attended Prairie View A&M University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in 2002 and a Master’s degree in 2004. He completed post-graduate studies at Stephen F Austin State University in 2006. After his first year as principal at Kennemer Middle School, campus-wide academic performance improved to earn the school a TEA Accountability Rating of Recognized. The school received an Exemplary rating after his second year and was featured in a UNT Dallas article for promoting a college-bound culture. With a proven record of success with campus and district goals, Elijah believes that all students can learn in a positive atmosphere that welcomes exploration and enhances student confidence.
Re-joining our district this year is new Kennemer Middle School principal Nikeesia Ranson. She replaces Elijah Granger, who has moved to Duncanville High School. Nikeesia earned her BS in Education from Peru State College in 1995, and her Masters in Education from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1999. She previously served Duncanville ISD for four years as a teacher at Hardin Intermediate. Nikeesia has held teaching, assistant principal, and principal positions in the Dallas and DeSoto school districts. She has 16 years “in the business” and says that she is devoted to students, staff, and the community and is excited about the avenues that our students have in the state of Texas to become successful.
Crystal Cross is the new principal at Hardin Intermediate. With 14 years of educational experience, she previously served as a teacher, administrative assistant, assistant principal, and Title I instructional facilitator for the Rockwall and Alief school districts. Crystal attended Southwest Texas State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1996. She earned her Masters in Education from the University of Houston in 1998. Crystal says she possesses a student centered work ethic, superior organizational skills, and the ability to implement new systems within a current infrastructure.
Duncanville ISD is proud to announce the promotion of Ebonye McGee to the position of Bilhartz Elementary principal. She succeeds Barbara Jones, who retired at the end of the 2010-11 school year. Ebonye was previously the assistant principal at Hastings Elementary. She also served there as a teacher after leaving Irving ISD. Ebonye began her career in 2002 as a teacher at the Universal Academy Charter School. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of North Texas in 2002 and a Master’s degree from Texas A&M-Commerce in 2006. Ebonye is described as always seeking to improve student success, working with great determination, and demonstrating strong leadership qualities. She also takes on challenges with enthusiasm and commitment.
Filling the position of Central Elementary principal is former assistant principal at Acton Elementary Tracie Johnson. She will be replacing Kathleen Brown, who was named the Staff Development and Program Evaluation Director. Tracie joined our district in 2006 as the assistant principal at Brandenburg Intermediate. She came to Duncanville from Mount Pleasant High School, where she worked as a teacher, counselor, and assistant principal. Tracie earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1998, a Masters in Educational Administration from Texas A&M-Commerce in 2002, and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M-Texarkana. She has twelve years of educational experience and says that she feels like an extension of a family at Duncanville ISD, where the love of learning, acceptance of differences, and respect for self and others abide.