TISD board approves 3 hires for leadership roles | Area

The Temple Impartial College District’s board of trustees unanimously accredited 3 personnel hires on Monday night time — Fran Smetana as district director of tutorial intervention, Quinessa Williams as Cater Elementary’s principal and Jill Owen as Kennedy-Powell Elementary’s principal.

Smetana, who began her training occupation in Westphalia ISD, will oversee the district’s Elementary and Secondary College Emergency Relief grant funding for the upcoming 12 months, in accordance to Temple ISD.

“Ms. Smetana has a prosperity of working experience overseeing grant funding and employing grant systems at the campus amount,” Joe Palmer, Temple ISD’s assistant superintendent of human resources, stated. “The committee is excited to have her get these qualities to the district degree.”

Smetana — who also has earlier taught in the Holland, Bartlett, Salado and Temple impartial faculty districts — claimed that pleasure is mutual.

“Thank you for … making it possible for me this possibility,” Smetana, Raye-Allen Elementary’s latest principal, said through the assembly. “I’m so psyched to develop on the ESSER funds and to continue to provide the district.”

Meanwhile, Williams’ seek the services of as Cater Elementary’s principal arrived just after she positioned at the top of 32 candidates. She has a bachelor’s diploma in early childhood experiments with an EC-6 instructing certification from the College of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree in instructional know-how management from Lamar College.

The Temple resident commenced her profession in Chilton ISD in advance of shifting to Temple ISD in 2013 — a transition in which she had roles at Scott, Jefferson and Cater elementary faculties.

“She encourages people all-around her to have a growth attitude in existence as well as in education,” Adrian Lopez, Cater Elementary’s existing principal, mentioned.

All through the meeting on Monday, Williams stated she is thrilled to spearhead that advancement at Cater Elementary.

“I 1st have to thank God … and (the board) for your votes of assurance for me,” she explained. “I arrived to Temple 8 a long time in the past … and I’ve had the prospect to operate with remarkable college students, instructors and administrators,” she said. “I seem forward to building new relationships with our households as properly as members of our neighborhood … and shift our campus to even higher successes.”

Lopez, who was hired as Temple ISD’s following director of staff relations in May, is joyful to see a gifted educator think the reins at the campus.

“Mrs. Williams delivers with her to the placement of principal of Cater Elementary a prosperity of instructional expertise, a push for excellence in all that she does and a like for the small children and local community of Temple ISD,” he explained.

Donna Ward, Temple ISD’s current director of employee relations, stated the similar can be mentioned about Owen.

“Mrs. Owen is invested in the community of Temple,” Ward explained. “Mrs. Owen brings a prosperity of understanding and encounters to the posture of principal of Kennedy-Powell Elementary. She is enthusiastic to perform in a neighborhood that invested in her during her lifetime.”

Owen — who earned a bachelor’s diploma from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in instructional management from the College of Texas at Tyler — commenced her instructing occupation in in White Settlement ISD in 1991 at Blue Haze Elementary, and at present serves as the assistant principal of Mountain Watch Elementary University in Killeen ISD.

“It is with good enjoyment that the committee endorses Mrs. Jill Owen for the position of principal of Kennedy-Powell Elementary in Temple ISD,” mentioned Ward, who will grow to be Temple ISD’s assistant superintendent of human resources on July 1.

Owen, a member of Temple High’s course of 1987, is elated for the prospect to return to Temple ISD.

“I glance forward to Kennedy-Powell Elementary getting my dwelling … and for Kennedy-Powell to be a shining light-weight in our local community,” she mentioned.