New BISD Leaders

Please welcome our newest Administrative Leaders to the BISD Team!!!

2016-2017 NEW LEADERS
Dr. Rhonda Wade
Dr. Rhonda Wade
Principal of Velasco Elementary

With a passion to learn and assist students and teachers to excel, ​Dr. Rhonda Wade began the 2016-2017 school year as principal for Velasco Elementary​ at Brazosport ISD​​. ​"​Our students have unlimited potential and my goal is to help each student reach the highest level by empowering our teachers​," says Wade.

After receiving ​her ​Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Mathematics and a MBA in Finance, ​Dr. Wade worked a​s​ a university instructor, accountant, financial planner, budgeting director, small business consultant, college administrator, and business owner. In 2000​ s​he completed ​her​ teacher certification from the University of Houston-Clear Lake​ and in 2013 received ​her​ Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston.

She has taught ​8th grade math, algebra, geometry, university level business and computer programming as well as workplace training. ​Dr. Wade also served as BISD's District Math Coordinator and Assistant Principal​ at three of the district's campuses. ​Her personal pursuits include cooking, music, family time, digital learning and innovation. ​Her daughter graduated from Brazosport ISD and family has lived in the ​BISD ​area for over 25 years.

Dr. A'Lesia (Lisa) Land
Dr. A'Lesia (Lisa) Land
Principal - Lighthouse Learning Center

Dr. A’Lesia (Lisa) Land will take the lead as principal for BISD’s Lighthouse Learning Center.

Dr. Land has served 19 years in education as a mentor, Special Education Teacher of the Year, Lead Counselor, Principal, Assistant and Associate Principal. She has also served as the administrator over testing, Special Education, ESL and the counseling office.

Land started with Brazosport ISD as an assistant principal for the Brazoswood 9th Grade Center. Before coming to BISD, she worked at the Houston Independent School District for Jack Yates Senior High School as the 9th Grade Assistant Principal. Additionally she worked at Johnston Middle School as the Principal and oversaw the Special Education, English Language Arts/Reading and the English as a Second Language departments. While at Johnston, Dr. Land created and ran a PLATO Lab for overage eighth grade students. She also created master schedules for two middle schools in Fort Bend ISD.

Dr. Land received her EdD from Lamar University where she concentrated on Educational Leadership in Multiculturalism and Diversity. She received her Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Houston – Victoria and her Bachelor of Science in Social Science from the University of Houston-Downtown. She received her Superintendent and Principal certifications from the University of Houston – Victoria



2015-2016 NEW LEADERS
Clara Sale-Davis
Clara Sale-Davis
Chief Academics Officer

Clara Sale-Davis takes no excuses for low performance, and she sets an inspiring example for all students, noting “ALL MEANS ALL.”  Born, raised, and educated in Texas, she worked in the Brazosport Independent School District in Freeport, TX for 25 years.  She began her career as a classroom teacher at Jane Long Elementary in Freeport, Texas.  Six years later Clara became an assistant principal at Velasco Elementary.  She then accepted a position as principal of O.A. Fleming Elementary, where she remained for three years.  Her demonstrated leadership caught the attention of the superintendent, who appointed her principal of Freeport Intermediate Schools. She served as principal of BOTH schools, O.A. Fleming and FIS, for one year, and then became the principal for Freeport Intermediate School exclusively.  With Clara’s spirit of collaboration and her skill of dispersed leadership, FIS evolved from a low performing school to one that has commanded nationwide attention and has earned such awards as the National Blue Ribbon Award (2002).  In addition, FIS was chosen by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform as one of four schools in the nation to be a “National School to Watch.”

The best practices that define Freeport Intermediate are featured in Breaking Ranks in the Middle (NASSP), Closing the Achievement Gap: No Excuses (APQC), and Whatever It Takes (DuFour).  The success of Freeport Intermediate was reflective of Clara’s determination to do whatever it takes to help students achieve.  Her approach demonstrated the strategies defined in the Professional Learning Communities at Work model.

In addition to her school’s accolades, Clara holds numerous professional distinctions.  She served on the panel for the American Institute for Research in Washington, D.C., and on the Advisory Committee on Education.  She was awarded Region IV Principal of the Year (1997-1998), and she also received the Texas Alpha Delta Kappa Excellence in Education award.  

In 2007, the Public Education Foundation, a non-profit reform support organization that provides leadership development, family involvement and teacher quality programs in Chattanooga, Tennessee, noticed these accomplishments and presented Clara with an irresistible challenge.  Sale-Davis left her home state to serve as the Public Education Foundation Director for the Benwood Initiative, a collaborative reform effort between the Public Education Foundation, Hamilton County Schools, and the Benwood Foundation in Chattanooga, Tennessee for six years.  Moving on for another opportunity, Clara then served as a consultant for Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Last year, Clara Sale-Davis moved back home to Texas taking the reins of Pasadena Independent School District’s Curriculum and Instruction, serving as their Executive Director.  And now, Clara Sale-Davis is excited to return “home” to Brazosport ISD to serve as our Chief Academic Officer.  Clara continues to serve as an Associate for Solution Tree to assist and support school leaders across the country in moving students from Proficient to Advanced.  She looks forward to working exclusively with BISD in order to create a professional learning community blueprint to assist leaders in the continuous improvement for improving the academic achievement of BISD students. 

Tracie Phillips
Tracie Phillips
Executive Director of Administrative Services

 Tracie Phillips is a native of the Brazosport area and will be entering her 9th year in BISD and 30th year in education. She is a graduate of Brazosport High School and received her Associate's from Brazosport College in 1983. Tracie then went on to complete her Bachelor's from the University of Houston in 1984 where she majored in Elementary Education and minored in Reading.

Tracie began her career in BISD at T.W. Ogg Elementary where she taught first grade. After several years in central Texas, Tracie decided to return to college and pursue her graduate degree. She earned her degree in Educational Administration from Tarleton State University in May 1997. Immediately after receiving her Master's, Tracie was named the Principal of Caldwell Elementary in Caldwell, TX. Since that time she has been an elementary, middle and high school principal throughout Texas, Colorado and New Mexico, as well as an assistant superintendent and superintendent in New Mexico.  After returning to her hometown area two years ago,  Tracie was honored to have been chosen as the Principal of Brazoswood High School.

In her new position as Executive Director of Administrative Services, Tracie will be working with all things related to student services and administrative leadership, helping to grow future leaders for BISD. Tracie is excited about the new challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead and consider it a blessing to support the staff, students, parents and community in her hometown area. She states that BISD is the place to be!!

Lorin Furlow
Lorin Furlow
Director of Special Services

 Lorin Furlow is a life long resident of Lake Jackson, and a graduate of Brazosport Independent School District.  Lorin received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and Masters in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.  

She began her career as a Pre-Kindergarten and Preschool Program for Student's with Disabilities (PPCD) Teacher at Polk Elementary.  She is also responsible for opening the District's first structured special education classroom at Roberts Elementary, where she worked as a self-contained teacher. Lorin spent the next years honing her knowledge of behavioral supports for student's ages 3-22 as part of the District-wide Behavior Support Team.  Since then,  Lorin has served BISD as  an Elementary Special Education Facilitator, and Secondary Special Education Coordinator.  

She is excited to begin her role as the Director of Special Services this year.  Lorin is eager to continue supporting BISD's students, families, and campuses with Special Education or 504 services by providing a collaborative environment that embraces all learners to successfully achieve their full potential.  "I truly believe EACH CHILD IS SPECIAL and am excited for the leadership opportunity here in BISD to ensure that each student has the supports and services they need to be successful!"

Maria Espinoza
Maria Espinoza
Principal - O.A. Fleming Elementary

 Maria Espinoza is in her 11th year working in BISD, and she says, "I am just as eager and excited today as I was on my first day of teaching."

Maria is a graduate of Sweeny High School, and attended Stephen F. Austin State University for her undergraduate studies. Mrs.Espinoza started her career with BISD at Velasco Elementary in March of 2004. During that time, she taught grades 1st-4th in the Bilingual classroom, was a Math and Reading Interventionist in Grades 1-4, and also served as a Dyslexia teacher. Maria obtained her Masters in Educational Administration from Lamar University in May of 2011.

In January, 2014, Espinoza was named Assistant Principal of Bess Brannen Elementary, where she had the opportunity to build a strong foundation in administrative skills. Maria Espinoza was presented with the opportunity to return to Freeport and lead the campus of O.A. Fleming Elementary beginning with the 2015-16 school year. She says, "I am ecstatic to join the team at Fleming, and I look forward to meeting my parents, my students, working with my staff and building relationships with my community." Her goal is to provide Fleming students with a solid foundation in academics and technology skills in order for them to be successful at Jane Long and beyond. Fleming's theme this year will be - Dolphins....Swimming to Success!!

Chris Loftin
Christopher (Chris) Loftin
Principal - Clute Intermediate School

 Chris Loftin is the current principal at Clute Intermediate. He comes to Brazosport Independent School District with nine years of administrative experience from Clear Creek Independent School District, most recently serving as the Associate Principal at Clear Lake High School. He has an additional five years of administrative experience at Santa Fe High School and Principal at Santa Fe Intermediate.

Mr. Loftin received his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Houston in 1997 and a Master of Science in Education in Mid-Management from the University of Houston Clear Lake in 2001. Mr. Loftin has taught at many grade levels and has also coached football, basketball, and baseball. He values education and works very closely with teachers and students to ensure their success.

Mr. Loftin was born in Topeka, Kansas. He has lived in Galveston, Texas and has been married to his wife, Camille Termini Loftin, for 24 years. Mrs. Loftin is a Physician Assistant and currently the interim Vice Chair for the UTMB PA Department. He has a daughter, Taylor, who graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2015 and is currently in her first year at the UTMB PA program. His son, Christian, is a junior at Texas A&M University majoring in Construction Science. Mr. Loftin enjoys spending time with his family on annual vacations and enjoys a run after a long day.

 Margaret Meadows
Margaret Meadows
Principal - Jane Long Elementary

 Margaret Meadows will be beginning her 17th year in public education as the new principal of Jane Long Elementary School.

Margaret is a graduate of Angleton High School and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Family Relationships from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from The University of Houston Clear Lake. Ms. Meadows earned her principal’s certification from UHC and has completed the requirements for a superintendent's certification through Region 4.

Margaret began her teaching career in Angleton ISD where she taught Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. Then, she moved to Columbia Brazoria ISD as Assistant Principal at West Columbia Elementary for two years and was an elementary principal for six years. Margaret comes to BISD after serving as the principal of West Brazos Junior High for the past two years. She states, "I am more than excited to get back to my elementary roots as the new principal at Jane Long Elementary!" Margaret is looking forward to the challenges and to working with the amazing teachers and support staff at Jane Long. The theme this year for Jane Long is One team, One goal, No limits!

 Vicky Parr
Vicky Parr
Principal - Elisabet Ney Elementary

 Vicky Parr will be the principal at Elisabet Ney Elementary.

Vicky has returned to BISD after working for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) for the past 5 years. While with DoDEA, Mrs. Parr served as Principal for both an elementary and middle school campus on the Marine Corps Air Station installation in Beaufort, South Carolina.

She, her husband Randy, and 3 children are glad to be back together in Lake Jackson where she began her teaching career and served as the Ney Assistant Principal from 2003-2009.

Mrs. Parr is extremely honored to be named Principal of Elisabet Ney Elementary and looks forward to serving a community dedicated to the vision of always putting “Children First.”

 Rita Pintavalle
Rita Pintavalle
Principal - Brazoswood High School

 

We are excited to announce the Principal of Brazoswood High School, Ms. Rita Pintavalle. 

Ms. Pintavalle comes to us from Kennedale ISD, where she served as the District Principal of Discipline and Grants and was a high school principal for 8 years.  In this capacity, Ms. Pintavalle supervised administrators in the development of teachers, oversaw district discipline, and monitored UIL activities.  Ms. Pintavalle’s’ expertise in curriculum, instruction, and teacher development make her an excellent fit for our needs at Brazoswood.  She has also served as the 2014 -2015 President of TAASP (Texas Association of Secondary School Principals). Prior to her administrative positions, Ms. Pintavalle  was a Softball and Volleyball Head Coach and High School English Teacher.  

She believes an administrator should be someone who can manage “things’ and lead “people”. Organization to manage things is important. The laws, policies and procedures that an administrator must work with daily must be cataloged and understood when any situation occurs or a decision is to be made. The ability to lead people comes from within that person. Leading people is guiding them through their strengths and finding the hidden talent that makes each one on the team a great asset. You can’t lead people if you don’t understand them, so getting to know a staff and the campus culture is needed in a leadership role. Having dignity and integrity are integral virtues for an administrator. Without integrity, there is no confidence in the leader, and being dignified in one’s portrayal of the campus and district is always a necessity. Finding a way to tell the story of your district in a positive way that excites others is a strong characteristic for an excellent leader.


 
Susan Wood
Principal - Lake Jackson Intermediate School

 Susan Wood will be the principal at Lake Jackson Intermediate School.

After high school, Mrs. Wood received her Associate's Degree in Education and Psychology from SAGU. When her youngest started kindergarten, Susan went back to school to work on her Bachelors. Mrs. Wood earned her Bachelor's Degree to teach at Lubbock Christian University. She immediately went into teaching and began working on her Masters. Wood received her Masters in Education Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. Mrs. Wood taught one year in West Texas and the remainder of her years have been here working for Brazosport ISD.

Education has always been a large part of Mrs. Wood's life. As a child "I loved being the teacher with a class full of kids". She lives with her husband, 4 biological daughters, 2 foster sons and 10 grandchildren.

Mrs. Wood is very excited to lead LJIS as Principal and looks forward to a wonderful 2015-16 school year. "I love what I do because I LOVE KIDS!!!".

 Richard Yoes
Richard Yoes
Principal - Lanier Middle School

 Richard Yoes is the new Principal at Lanier Middle School and brings a passion for education and working with at-risk students.

In his most recent position as Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Pasadena ISD, he specialized in support for K-12 math, Middle and Intermediate campuses, and technology. His calling to work with students that need him has led him to R. O’Hara Lanier Middle School, where he is honored to lead the campus into a bright future.

For those interested in becoming a part of our Brazosport ISD team, visit the district website www.brazosportisd.net and click ‘Employment' or call the Human Resources Department at 979.730.7000.
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