DESOTO—Through the first Assembly of the DeSoto Unbiased Faculty District Board of Trustees, the Board authorised Superintendent Dr. D’Andre Weaver’s appointment of a core workforce of leaders who might be tasked with spearheading educational progress and improved tradition and local weather within the district.
This new group was hand-selected to steer the collaborative efforts to revamp DeSoto ISD which can embrace focuses on tradition, organizational construction and technique via strategic planning and collaboration. With a brand new class of leaders that embrace merchandise of prime schools and universities from throughout the nation, Train for America and state and nationwide instructional assume tanks, DeSoto ISD is staffing as much as spearhead change to design a brand new strategy to instructional reform, fairness and entry in public faculties. The January 9 appointments embrace:
Chief Educational Officer
Celeste Barretto presently serves because the principal of Treasure Forest Elementary in Spring Department Unbiased Faculty District. Previous to her work in SBISD, Barretto spent eight years at KIPP Texas – Houston. She was the Faculty Chief of KIPP Voyage Academy for Women, a center faculty in Houston’s North Forest space, main the cost for 100% of eightth graders taking Algebra in center faculty.
Barretto additionally led KIPP Dream Prep, a main faculty serving Houston’s north aspect for 3 years, shifting the varsity from Enchancment Required to Meets Commonplace in only one yr and elevating almost $200Okay with college students, academics, and households to help instructional initiatives on the campus.
As well as, Barretto was a founding instructor, interventionist, particular schooling coordinator, and Assistant Principal throughout her profession at KIPP Discover Academy. Barretto was a Train For America – Houston Corps member, educating college students with particular wants within the Houston Unbiased Faculty District.
Barretto has expertise as an educator shaping college students in her position as a instructor in Preschool Packages for Youngsters with Disabilities, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and seventh grade English. She has led faculties from starting from early childhood to secondary schooling. Barretto earned a Bachelor’s diploma with honors from Douglass School at Rutgers in New Jersey earlier than happening to take part within the Rice Schooling Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) the place she accomplished her Grasp of Enterprise Administration diploma on the Jones Graduate Faculty of Enterprise at Rice College (2014).
In her position as Chief Educational Officer, Barretto will present direct help and suggestions to educational employees on the event of district-wide faculty enchancment efforts and the associated packages that help scholar achievement and educational improvement. Barretto shall be liable for all issues associated to the event and supply of educational packages, skilled improvement, and use of educational know-how within the faculty district.
On this position, Barretto can be chargeable for the administration of educational providers based mostly on the efficient use of knowledge, collaborative processes that embrace all stakeholder teams, and using research-based educational methods.
Chief of Analysis, Analysis and Design
Ben Mackey at present serves because the principal of Dallas ISD’s Faculty for the Gifted and Gifted (TAG), which has been named as the highest highschool within the nation 5 out of the final seven years by U.S. Information and World Report
Throughout his tenure, TAG revamped its software course of with a give attention to fairness and entry leading to TAG Magnet’s federal recognition as a Title 1 faculty for the primary time in campus historical past. Throughout this similar time, educational achievement at TAG soared reaching all-time highs in SAT, ACT, and AP achievement, proving what is feasible for college kids, no matter background.
Mackey earned his grasp’s diploma in Faculty Management from Harvard College and bachelor’s levels in finance and historical past from the College of Florida.
Mackey entered schooling via Train for America and taught arithmetic at West Bolivar Excessive Faculty in Rosedale, Mississippi. Throughout his tenure at West Bolivar, Mackey served as the maths division chair, based the primary profitable AP Calculus program in district historical past and was named Instructor of the Yr by each the county Chamber of Commerce and West Bolivar Excessive Faculty in 2011-2012.
As principal of TAG, Mackey has acquired the designation of Exemplary Principal, the very best recognition for Dallas ISD principals, in annually of his tenure. In 2016, Mackey was acknowledged in Dallas Enterprise Journal’s ‘40 Under 40,’ an inventory of rising younger leaders in Dallas, and was named a finalist for Dallas ISD’s Principal of the Yr award.
Mackey serves on the board of administrators for Spark!, the Dallas Wetlands Basis, and the Rosedale Freedom Undertaking.
As Chief of Analysis, Analysis and Design, Mackey will probably be liable for creating and overseeing the district’s native accountability system and organizational infrastructure whereas main a portfolio of innovation that features faculty redesign, micro innovation, and rigorous analysis. Mackey may also oversee scholar evaluation, compliance and analysis; analysis and strategic planning; and grant administration.
Chief of Human Assets
Mia Stroy at present serves because the Director of Compensation, Advantages and Human Useful resource Techniques at Irving Unbiased Faculty District. Stroy oversees district wage construction, Well being and Wellness Choices, Human Useful resource Course of/Process documentation and Leaves of Absences.
Previous to her present place, Stroy served because the Staffing Coordinator for Irving ISD and held Human Assets administrative positions in Dallas ISD, The Potter’s Home of Dallas/Clay Academy and a number of other personal business employers.
Stroy is a frequent speaker/coach for Texas Affiliation of Faculty Enterprise Officers (TASBO), just lately serving as Personnel Committee Chair and Mentor for brand spanking new Human Assets Professionals inside the instructional system. She holds a Grasp’s diploma in Human Assets and Coaching from Amberton College, a Bachelor’s diploma in Liberal Arts from Louisiana Tech College and lately accomplished course necessities for the Texas Superintendent Certification program via the College of Texas at Arlington.
Stroy’s business certifications embrace a SHRM Licensed Skilled (SHRM-CP) by means of the Society of Human Assets Administration (SHRM), Skilled in Human Assets (PHR) via HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and a Licensed Faculty Enterprise Specialist (CTSBS) via TASBO.
As Chief of Human Assets, Stroy will direct and handle district human useful resource actions to make sure legally sound and efficient human useful resource administration practices. Stroy might be liable for the event and implementation of human useful resource packages to incorporate wage and wage administration, depart administration, worker coaching, recruitment and staffing, and worker communications and she is going to interpret and advocate personnel insurance policies and laws for the district as nicely.
Chief of Scholar Help Providers
Natalia Fernández has been proudly educating youngsters since 2008. She involves DeSoto ISD specializing in strengthening faculty local weather by way of social and emotional helps. Most just lately, Fernandez spent 5 years as a founding Director of the System of Care workforce in Spring Department ISD.
She efficiently supported the district in a 37% discount in exclusionary self-discipline in the course of the years. Throughout her time on employees, she supported the enlargement of psychological well being and substance use interventions and efficiently redesigned the Elementary Disciplinary Various Schooling Program to perform as a restorative and therapeutic-based program.
Previous to her service in Spring Department ISD, Fernandez served as a Instructor Management Improvement Coach for Train for America specializing in educational management via Cultural Responsive Pedagogy.
Fernandez supported the event of Okay-12 academics and supported TFA in strengthening the group’s Variety, Fairness, and Inclusion regional programming. Fernandez spent three years as a Spanish instructor within the East Finish group of Houston. Throughout her time within the classroom, she supported the district and campus in numerous management roles.
As Chief of Scholar Help Providers, Fernandez might be charged with planning, organizing, managing and coordinating scholar help providers actions to make sure packages meet the wants of scholars and adjust to all state, federal, and native necessities.
Fernandez will handle counseling and steerage providers, well being providers, useful resource officers, self-discipline administration, attendance and faculty, group, and dad or mum liaison features, in addition to various schooling the place she is going to lead the event and suggestion of modifications to insurance policies and procedures and administrative laws. Fernandez may also present management for robust metropolis and district packages together with the administration and improvement of partnerships and numerous engagement packages.
Barretto, Mackey, Stroy and Fernandez be a part of lately named DeSoto ISD Chief of Employees Sonya Cole-Hamilton and DeSoto ISD Chief of Faculties Sajade Miller.
Cole-Hamilton beforehand served as Chief of Communications in Lancaster ISD and Miller beforehand served because the Assistant Superintendent of Innovation in Fort Value ISD.
These leaders will serve on the superintendent’s government cupboard management staff together with Director of Communications Tiffanie Blackmon-Jones and Executive Director of Know-how Josepher Williams.
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