37 Personnel Changes Approved By SSISD Board Of Trustees

Sulphur Springs ISD Board of Trustees, following two executive sessions Monday evening, approved 37 personnel changes which will impact SSISD campuses except the administrative complex.

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The first executive session was brief, with trustees adjourning to another room to discuss a personnel matter, the regular session resumed with no action or discussion on the closed session.

Overall, changes included one retirement, one resignation, a dozen new hires and 14 reassignments across the district. That’s seven changes at one at Douglas Early Childhood Learning Center, two at Barbara Bush Primary, three at Bowie Primary, seven at Rowena Johnson Primary (the name trustees agreed May 10 to rename Lamar Primary in honor of the late educator’s 50 years of service at SSISD), six at Travis Primary, five at Sulphur Springs Elementary, eight at Sulphur Springs Middle School, six at Sulphur Springs High School and one at Austin Academic Center.

Primary, Elementary Campuses

Connie Stieber was approved to join the Douglas ECLC staff as a Head Start 4 aide.

Retiring from Rowena Johnson Primary (the former Lamar Primary) is first grade teacher Demetric Petty.

Johnson Primary first grade English language arts and reading teacher Britni Johnson will be transferring to Bowie Primary, where she will teach second grade. Dalia Torres, who during the 2020-21 school years was a virtual primary teacher assigned to Lamar (Johnson) Primary, will be moving to Barbara Bush Primary to teach third grade math.

Additional personnel changes at Rowena Johnson Primary include Kimberlea Gillem switching from third grade math and science teacher to math support teacher, Kimberly Smith going from English language arts and reading teacher to math and science teacher, and Amy Voss from Title I aide to first grade math and science teacher.

Whitney Vaughan will be trading her fourth grade ELAR and social studies classroom at Bowie Primary for a third grade ELAR/social studies class at Johnson Primary.

Joining the staff at Barbara Bush Primary as an academic specialist will be Jenna Vickery. Jovona Schmidt will continue teaching at Bush Primary, but will swap third grade mat and science curriculum to become a campus math support teacher.

Kelli Hunt is to become the new math support teacher at Bowie Primary. Kimberly Slaughter will be moving from Bowie Primary, where she’s a second grade teacher to Travis Primary, to serve as a math support teacher.

Resigning from Travis Primary are third grade reading teacher Amber cook, third grade teacher Sulema Martinez and third grade dual language enrichment teacher Charla O’Brien. Blanca Aragon and Lauren Scivally will join the faculty as new first grade dual language enrichment teacher, and Ana Miranda as the new third grade DLE teacher at Travis Primary.

Sulphur Springs Elementary fourth grade math teacher Lindsey Cipoletta and fourth grade ELAR teacher Leesha Hartley resigned. Tissha Harris will join the faculty as the new fifth grade ELAR and social studies teacher at SSES.

Barbara Bloodgood will continue to serve as a special education aide, but will be swapping campuses, going from Austin Academic Center to SSES.

Secondary Campuses

Sulphur Springs Middle School is losing campus officer Mario Arellano and physical education coach/girls coach Savannah Himes.

Approved to join the staff at SSMS were Heather Garrison as a PEIMS clerk; and Nadia Orozco, Sarah Pence and Jena Satterfield as special education aides.

Joshua Peugh will move from SSMS, where he teaches science, to Sulphur Springs High School to teach special education. SSMS seventh grade ELAR teacher Jennifer White will be moving to SSHS, where she is to teach English.

SSHS is losing culinary arts teacher Lyndsay Palmer and health science technical education teacher Brianna Williams.

Tyrik Rollison will be joining the staff at SSHS as a physical education aide and coach. Also approved for hire at SSHS was Charles Cody as a social studies and teen leadership/ coach.

Trent Easley will be switching from PE teacher and coach to science teacher and coach at SSHS. Misty Nottingham will also remain on the SSHS campus but will swap from special education aide for life skills to special education aide for Connections.

Author: Faith Huffman

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