Prosper Students Attend Lone Star Leadership CampsPosted by PISD Communications on 9/2/2019
This summer six Prosper students were selected to attend the Education in Action’s 2019 Lone Star Leadership Academy camp. During this weeklong, overnight camp, the students focused on developing leadership skills while also learning about Texas. The participants engage in problem-solving and decision-making simulations while exercising creativity and practicing presentation skills. Students were also afforded the opportunity to attend a variety of statewide historical venues such as the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Fort Worth Stockyards, the Sixth Floor Museum, and many more as well as visiting the offices of state legislators at the Texas State Capitol. The Prosper students in attendance were:
Zelda Bobbitt from Cockrell Elementary School - 5th grade
Brayden Anderson from Rucker Elementary School - 4th grade
Diego and Gael Bermudez from Rogers Middle School - 7th & 8th grades
Aneek Kalagara from Folsom Elementary- 4th grade
Destiny Olaleye from Reynolds Middle School - 8th grade
Law Enforcement Students Attend Police AcademyPosted by PISD Communications on 9/2/2019
Law Enforcement students this year have an opportunity to attend Police Academy classes at the Collin County Public Safety Training Center to assist with officer training. Recently they were able to meet officers from around the state and observe the different ways officers handle certain situations. Students were able to see class learning in action, while also learning different things by watching and talking with the officers, instructors, and volunteers.
The classes students are allowed to witness involve the state mandated Crisis Intervention Training as ruled by the Sandra Bland Act. These trainings occur once a month. During these trainings, the students play the roles of actors as they are given different scenarios, based on real world experiences. They will fill the role of either the person having the crisis or a family member/loved one, complainant, etc. The student actors provide a benefit to the officers in that they don't have the training officers do so they tend to react more true to real life providing officers a more accurate training opportunity.
This opportunity also gives students a chance to train in one of the best, if not the best, most state of the art training facility in Texas. It also provides a medium for them to meet officers from all over Texas, make contacts, hear stories they would not have heard in class, and learn different aspects of law enforcement.
PISD Special Education Teacher Honored NationallyPosted by PISD Communications on 9/2/2019
According to their website, “Honored is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping great teachers in the classroom and to inspire a new generation of talent to pursue teaching.”
Every month the organization highlights one Honoree who has changed the life of one student. In July that honored teacher was Prosper High School Special Education Teacher, Tanya Barrios, and the student was Renee Delfino. For the full story, follow this link.
HoPe Squad Comes to Prosper ISDPosted by PISD Communications on 8/22/2019
As the nation struggles with an epidemic of suicide, especially in the ages between 10 and 18, Prosper ISD has chosen to take a proactive stance in the further prevention of suicide in the community. Led by Associate Superintendent, Holly Ferguson, and with the help of a community of parents, students, and educators, Prosper ISD found Hope Squad.
Hope Squad was founded by CEO and former high school principal with the Provo City School District in Utah, Dr. Gregory Hudnall. After experiencing several suicides as a campus administrator, Dr. Hudnall knew that his mission was to find a way to prevent suicides in his community. He developed the Hope Squad program which is a community collaboration and school based training for staff, parents, and students creating a peer-to-peer support system within schools. The program has now spread across the country and to other countries such as Canada and Spain where Dr. Hudnall has trained adults and students in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. The program was a major factor for the Provo suicide completion rate dropping to zero and staying there for more than eight years.
On Monday, August 19th, Dr. Hudnall and members of the Hope Squad staff gave parents and community members an introduction to the program. On Tuesday, August 20th, Dr. Hudnall began his day speaking to Campus Administrators about the Hope Squad program and how to lead the program to make a positive impact on school climate. He then met with and trained the Hope Squad team members at the high school and middle school campuses. The Hope Squad students were nominated by peers to be a part of the program to empower and assist their fellow classmates. Thanks to the Prosper Education Foundation support, the district will soon be adding the 11 elementary campuses to the Hope Squad program.
While Hope Squad is a school based program, the prevention, intervention and postvention of suicide is truly a community endeavor. All campuses will be coming together on Saturday, October 12th, 2019 for a Hope Walk and then the annual Out of Darkness Walk held at Windsong Ranch on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019. Hope Week at Prosper ISD will be February 3-7, 2020 where Hope Squad teams will plan a week of empowerment for the campuses. More information on these events will be available on the PISD website and PISD social media.
Niche Report Highlights Prosper ISdPosted by PISD Communications on 8/22/2019
Prosper ISD was notified on August 21st, 2019 that the district is being recognized as one of the top districts in the state of Texas by the renowned Niche report. Coming in at #13 in the state of Texas, Prosper ISD is joined in the top 15 by 11 other DFW neighboring schools including both Allen and Plano ISD which are in the Prosper ISD UIL district.
Prosper ISD received an overall A+ rating, the highest given by the rating system. The district also received A+ ratings for Academics, Clubs and Activities, College Prep and Health and Safety.
The Niche report is determined based upon data analysis of information from the Texas Education Agency, Department of Education, U.S. Census and the FBI. Additionally, data is pulled from input gleaned from the collection of over 100 million reviews and survey responses from students, parents and community members.
PISD Hosts Four Ribbon Cuttings in 2019Posted by PISD Communications on 8/22/2019
Prosper ISD celebrated an immense endeavor this year opening two elementary schools, a middle school, a natatorium, and a new stadium.
Furr Elementary held its ribbon cutting on August 11th. The 10th Prosper ISD elementary school, the campus was named for June and Jack Furr. Mr. and Mrs. Furr were long time Prosper residents. Mrs. Furr taught for many years in PISD and Mr. Furr served on the school board. The campus Principal is Ms. Cindy Zukowski.
Stuber Elementary also held its ribbon cutting on August 11th. The 11th Prosper ISD elementary school, the campus was named for Chuck and Cindy Stuber. Mr. Stuber was on the school board as board president for many years and was instrumental in moving the focus of Prosper toward the future that prepared the district for the growth now being experienced. Mrs. Stuber was an active volunteer in the Prosper schools. The campus Principal is Dr. Jennifer Hinson.
Hays Middle School was named for Mr. Bill Hays. The campus held its ribbon cutting on August 1st. The campus is the district’s third middle school campus. Mr. Hays was a longtime Prosper resident and was the author of two books about the history of Prosper. The campus Principal is Mr. Nicholas Jones.
The Prosper ISD Natatorium is the first natatorium for the district. The swim and dive complex was planned to meet the needs of the district’s successful swim and dive program. Students in this program have been bussed daily for many years to other school’s complexes to practice. The natatorium features a 16 lane competitive pool, four lane lessons pool, 10 competition start lanes with Daktronics timing system, off deck meet operations room, two 1 meter competition spring boards, 500+ spectator grandstand and an Olympic style weight room. Within the next 12-24 months the facility will be home to the PHS Swim and Dive program, RHHS Swim and Dive program, PISD 3rd grade Water Safety course, Prosper Swim School, USA Swimming Program, and a USA Masters Program. The Natatorium Director is Mr. Tommy Sacco.
On August 17th, Prosper ISD held its annual Meet the Eagles event. A long time community event, this year featured the ribbon cutting and opening of the new Children’s Health Stadium at Prosper ISD. The 12,000 seat stadium that features an impressive big screen and community room will help Prosper ISD accommodate the growing crowds for the 6A school. Prosper’s Eagle Stadium was sizable for a 3A stadium but wasn’t meeting the needs of the 6A PHS. As the district prepares to open a second high school in the fall of 2020 followed by more high schools, all of the 5A or 6A size, the stadium will be an asset both to the district and to the community to meet the needs of the programs and the students served.
Meet Your Secondary Campus AdministratorsPosted by PISD Communications on 8/13/2019 8:00:00 AM
HAYS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Principal - Nick Jones
Mr. Jones is the Principal at Hays Middle School. This year will be his sixteenth year in education and his thirteenth year in Prosper. Prior to becoming a Principal, he taught multiple grade-levels and has been in administration for the previous 6 years both as a curriculum designer and then as an Assistant Principal at Rogers Middle School. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and has earned both his Bachelor's of Arts in History and his Masters of Education in Administration.
Assistant Principal - Jamey Briscoe
Ms. Briscoe has been in education for 19 years teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels and serving as an administrator in elementary and middle school. She attended Truman State University and transferred to Eastern Illinois University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She completed her Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University and Superintendency certification from UT Arlington.
Ms. Briscoe has been married for 24 years and has 5 children ages 11, 16, 18, 20, and 21.
Assistant Principal - Amy Rizzo
Ms. Rizzo graduated from Texas A&M University where she met her husband of 24 years. They have three sons. Sam is a Sophomore at UT, Rett is in 9th grade at PHS and Hank is in 7th grade at Reynolds. She has been in education for 25 years with 23 of them being in the Algebra classroom. All 25 years have been in the middle school. She has a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.
Assistant Principal - Meg Tillman
Ms. Tillman is new to Prosper ISD this year moving here from Little Elm ISD where she was an Assistant Principal for four years. She has a Bachelors in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M with a background in Special Education Reading and Behavior.
She and her husband. Ryan, have two sons. Lincoln is a 1st grader at Light Farms and Knox is two years old.
Professional Learning Administrator - Zach DeVito
This is Mr. DeVito’s 7th year in Prosper ISD, and his 13th year in education. During this time, he has taught multiple grade-levels of math at Prosper High School where he also served as the UIL Academic Coordinator and has been the Prosper ISD Secondary Math Curriculum Designer for the last 3 years. He will be serving Hays as the Professional Learning Administrator. He is a Texas Christian University graduate. He and his wife Beth have lived in Prosper for the last 5 years and have three children: Caroline (8), Hadley (5), and Ella (2) with the oldest two attending Prosper ISD schools.
REYNOLDS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Principal - Justin Goldsmith
Mr. Goldsmith is entering his 15th year in education, 8th year as an administrator and 3rd year as Reynolds Middle School Principal. He graduated from Texas A & M University with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters of Education from Lamar University. He and his wife Tara have two sons, Jax and Whitman, both of whom attend Light Farms Elementary.
Assistant Principal - Penny Washington
Ms. Washington has had a variety of experiences as an educator working for four years in early childhood for children with disabilities, two years as a lead special education resource teacher, seven years teaching Kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grades, three years teaching special education as a co-teacher for 4th and 5th grades, three years as a Math Intervention Specialist and two years as a campus administrator. She has a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters of Education in Administration.
She and her husband Shaun have two sons who attend Prosper ISD. Ramsey is a 5th grader and Raiden is a 4th grader both at Light Farms.
Assistant Principal - Adam Jinkens
Mr. Jinkens is starting his 13th year in education and first year in Prosper. He graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He then started his educational career at Guymon Public Schools where he taught and coached for two years before relocating to Mansfield, TX to open a new middle school where he taught and coached for eight years. In 2016 he graduated with his Masters of Science Education in Administrative Leadership from Concordia University of Austin. The last two years, he has served as an Assistant Principal at Crandall Middle School in Crandall ISD. Crandall is where he met his wife, Danyel, who is a teacher in Prosper ISD. They are expecting their first child in December.
Assistant Principal - Bo Kiser
Mr. Kiser has earned his Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. This year marks his 18th year in education, all of which have been at the middle school level. During his time as an educator, he has taught ELA, social studies, and coached multiple sports. The last 6 years, he has been an administrator in Richardson ISD.
He and his wife, Sherri, are a blended family with 4 children between them. They have three boys, Mitchell, Jake, and Josh who have all graduated, entered the workforce, and are self-supportive and the youngest, Emma, who graduated high school in June and will attend UNT this fall.
Professional Learning Administrator - Jess Mullins
Ms. Mullins will be the Professional Learning Administrator at Reynolds Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year! This is her twelfth year in Education and her fourth year in Prosper ISD. Throughout her twelve years of education she has taught 6th-7th grade Math, been a Math Instructional Coach, and an Adjunct Education Professor. She received her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.
In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with family and traveling with friends, but mostly spending time with her sweet dog, Saint!
ROGERS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Principal - Jason Jetton
This year will mark Mr. Jetton’s 16th year in education and second year in PISD. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Midwestern State University and his Masters of Education from Texas A&M Commerce. He was a teacher and coach at Galena Park and Garland ISD before moving into administration at North Garland HS, then Frisco HS and Prosper HS before being named Principal of Rogers Middle School. He and his wife Krista have been married for 11 years. They have a daughter, Alivia, who is 7 and will be in 2nd grade at Light Farms Elementary and a son, Jake, who is 3.
Assistant Principal - Jennifer Marthijohni
Ms. Marthijohni (A.K.A MJ) is the Assistant Principal for 8th grade at Rogers Middle School. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology & minor in Biology; Collegiate Basketball with a specialty training in crime scene investigation, latent fingerprint examination & forensic photography. She has served the last 19 years at both middle school and high school campuses teaching Integrated Physics & Chemistry, Biology & 6th-8th Science; Coached 7/8th & High School Basketball, Volleyball & Track.
She has been married for the last 19 years to a lieutenant in law enforcement & together they have three children (twin 15 year old boys in 10th grade & a 7 year old daughter in 2nd grade).
Assistant Principal - Keith Kirkland
Originally from Vega Texas, Mr. Kirkland earned a Bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University and a Masters degree from Texas A&M Commerce. He has been in education for 12 years teaching and coaching at Sherman, Frisco and Prosper High Schools and the North Texas Job Corps. This is his second year as an administrator.
His wife, Traci, is a library media specialist at Boyer elementary. They have two children, Kyson (5th grade) and Baylor(1st grade).
Assistant Principal - Bret Wurzbach
A graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Lamar University with a Masters of Education in Administration, Mr. Wurzbach comes to Prosper after spending four years teaching Algebra and coaching at Hebron High School and two years teaching and coaching at Paetow High School.
He and his wife Kaitlyn have been married for two years.
Professional Learning Administrator - Jamiann Clifford
Ms. Clifford begins her administrative career at Rogers as the Professional Learning Administrator with a plethora of experience teaching grades two through seven in Garland ISD, Austin ISD, Frisco ISD and Prosper ISD. She is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and from Lamar University with a Masters of Education. She and her husband, Haze, have two sons: Haden is a freshman at PHS and Jack is an 8th grader at Rogers.
PROSPER HIGH SCHOOL
Principal - John Burdett
Dr. John Burdett has been in education for 24 years as a teacher, coach and administrator. This is his third year as Principal of Prosper High School. Originally from Alabama, Dr. Burdett graduated from Auburn University with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Secondary Language Arts before earning his Masters of Education at Auburn and then his Doctorate of Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. He and his wife Korey have three sons who attend Prosper ISD schools.
Assistant Principal - John Boehringer
Beginning his 18th year in education and his 10th year at Prosper ISD, Mr. John Boehringer serves as the Advanced Academics administrator at Prosper High School. During his educational tenure, he has served as a Physics teacher and College Physics professor. This is his fifth year as Assistant Principal at PHS. Mr. Boehringer is married to his wife, Alyssa, a teacher at McKinney High School. They have one five year old daughter.
Assistant Principal - Julie Brantley
Ms. Brantley begins her 29th year in education and eighth year in Prosper ISD. During her educational journey, she has served in a variety of positions including teacher, coach, director, instructional coach and administrator. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from West Texas State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from The American College of Education.
She is married to husband, Steven, and together they have two grown children, Breann and Colt.
Assistant Principal - Dedrick Buckels
This is Mr. Buckels third year at Prosper High School. Before becoming an Assistant Principal, he served students with special needs as a teacher for five years as well as coaching football, track, soccer, and cross country. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Louisiana Monroe and his Master’s of Education from Texas Women’s University.
He has been married to his high school sweetheart for the last 17 years. They have a 3rd grader at Folsom and a 6th grader at Rogers.
Assistant Principal - Kristy Carr
Ms. Carr is a graduate of Tarleton State University with a Master of Science Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree. This year she will be serving the PHS community as an Assistant Principal. Ms. Carr begins her 17th year in education and her 11th year at Prosper ISD during which time she has served as a Career and Technology teacher in Ag Science and last year as the Professional Learning Administrator. She and her husband have a blended family consisting of three daughters, all Prosper Eagles; a second grader at Light Farms, a Junior at Texas Tech University and a daughter who serves as an Ag. Science teacher.
Assistant Principal - Gerald Parr
Mr. Parr begins his 32nd year in education this year. After 23 years of teaching and coaching in various high schools around Texas, Mr. Parr began his administrative career in Prosper nine years ago at Reynolds Middle School before moving to Prosper High School the next year. Mr. Parr and his wife, Tina, who is Director of Bands at Reynolds Middle school have three sons ages 27, 23 and 16 and a daughter-in-law.
Assistant Principal - Kari Roan
Dr. Kari Roan begins her first year as an Assistant Principal this year after serving as a ELAR Classroom Teacher, Dean of Instruction, Drill Team Director, and Curriculum Designer at Prosper. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with a concentration in English and Education. She has also earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She enjoys spending time with her twin sister and children who attend Prosper ISD.
Assistant Principal - Melissa Weiss
Ms. Weiss returns for her 2nd year at Prosper High School and her 17th year in education. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Hardin Simmons University and her Masters degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. During her time in education, she has served students, teachers, and the community as Instructional Coach and Lead teacher for Social Studies in Frisco ISD as well as having 9 years of experience coaching girls basketball, volleyball, and track. She and her husband, also an educator, have been married for 10 years and have children that attend Prosper ISD.
Professional Learning Administrator - Megan Martin
A first year administrator, Ms. Martin is beginning her 13th year in education and 2nd year in Prosper. Prior to joining Prosper ISD, she served as a special education teacher, coach, and 504/Testing Coordinator in Frisco ISD and Abilene ISD. Originally from San Angelo, Texas, she attended Texas State University where she graduated in 2006 with a Bachelors of Science. After three years in education, she received her Masters of Education Administration from Lamar University. She and her husband, Donnie have three children, Hazel (5), Boone (4), and Graeme (2).
Rock Hill High School
Principal - Dustin Toth
Mr. Toth has been named as the Principal of the new Rock Hill High School opening in the Fall of 2020. Mr. Toth was an Assistant Principal at PHS last year. This will be his 16th year in education. During his educational career, he has served as a teacher and head baseball coach before moving into administration at Wylie ISD, Farmersville ISD and Pilot Point ISD. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and his Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University.
He and his wife, Taren, who is a 2nd grade teacher at Boyer Elementary, have three children. Camdyn will be a 6th grader at Rogers, Maddyn will be a 2nd grader at Boyer and Ty will be in Kindergarten at Boyer.
Meet Your Elementary Campus AdministratorsPosted by PISD Communications on 8/13/2019
Principal - Danielle Wallace
Danielle Wallace has been in PISD for 12 years, working at Rucker, Rogers, Reynolds and now at Baker Elementary School. She and her husband have been married for 22 years and have a daughter, Madeline, who just graduated from PHS after attending Prosper ISD schools K-12.
After completing undergraduate studies at the University of California, Riverside, Ms. Wallace began teaching in 1991 in San Bernardino, California, as a 6th grade teacher. Since then, she has taught at the elementary, middle and secondary levels. She earned her master’s degree in history at West Virginia University.
Assistant Principal - Julia Roberds
Ms. Roberds is entering her 13th year in Prosper ISD and 22nd year in education. In Prosper ISD, she has served as an elementary English Language Arts Curriculum Designer, Instructional Technology Specialist, a reading specialist, and an elementary classroom teacher. Ms. Roberds has a Masters of Education in Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Music. She began her teaching career in California in 1995 before moving to Texas in 1999.
Ms. Roberds and her husband Chris together have 4 children. Elizabeth, 21 and Shawn, 19, are both currently attending college at UT Dallas. Leah, 15, will be a sophomore at PHS and Jacob, 18, graduated from PHS with the class of 2019!
Principal - Alissa Andrews
Ms. Andrews and her husband, Todd, have been married for 23 years and have two children. Their daughter graduated from Prosper High School this past year and their son will be a freshman at PHS.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Education in Administration from Northeastern Oklahoma State University. Her teaching career began in 2003 with 8th grade ELAR/PreAP English. Since then, she has taught 3rd grade, all content, and 4th grade math and science. Since joining Prosper ISD in 2009, Ms. Andrews has served as a Classroom Teacher, Curriculum Designer, and Assistant Principal prior to being named Principal at Boyer.
Assistant Principal - Dr. Katie Chretien
Dr. Chretien is beginning her second year in Prosper ISD and her first year as Assistant Principal at Boyer Elementary. This year marks her 21st year in education during which time she has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels and been an administrator for four years.
She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. She received her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University. Ms. Chretien and her husband, Larry, have been married for 22 years. Together they have two children, Laryn Kate and Zennie.
Principal - Glenda Dophied
The school year will mark the beginning of Ms. Dophied’s 26th year in education. She and her husband of 25 years have two children. Ms. Dophied grew up in West Texas and went to college at Angelo State University. She then began her teaching career in San Angelo and continued to teach in the North Texas area prior to coming to Prosper in 2008 as an Assistant Principal. She is in her fifth year as Principal at Cockrell after assisting in the opening of the campus.
Assistant Principal - Kristen Patterson
Ms. Patterson serves as Assistant Principal at Cockrell Elementary. Both she and her husband are educators and have two daughters, ages eight and three. This is her second year as the Assistant Principal at Cockrell. Ms. Patterson served the Baker Elementary family for two years as Assistant Principal before going to Cockrell. Prior to becoming an administrator, she was a Social Studies Instructional Coach, Secondary History Curriculum Specialist and 7th and 8th grade History Teacher.
Principal - Stephanie Cockrell
Ms. Cockrell is originally from San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Special Education. She moved to the DFW area in 2011 where she began her teaching career, later moving to Prosper ISD to teach at Reynolds Middle School. She then received a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce and served as Assistant Principal at Hughes Elementary for two years before becoming Principal at Folsom..
She and her husband, Jared, enjoy traveling, going to Aggie football games in College Station, being outdoors and playing with their dog Jameson. They will be welcoming their first child, a little girl this fall!
Assistant Principal - Marty Farrell
Beginning his 13th year in education, Mr. Farrell serves as Assistant Principal at Folsom Elementary. He graduated from Oklahoma State University and Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. His educational career has included teaching and administration in Red Oak, Community, Plano, Lovejoy, and Highland Park.
Mr. Farrell is married to his wife, Romi. They have two sons, Martin (4) and Jack (2). When not at Folsom, he enjoys golfing, playing basketball, good food, spending time with family and friends, and watching sports.
Principal - Cindy Zukowski
Ms. Zukowski has lived in Prosper ISD for 19 years where all three of her children, Zach (26), Kelsey (24) and Andrew (22), have been educated. She has been in education for 18 years with all of these years being served in Prosper ISD in various positions including, most recently, Assistant Principal at Reynolds Middle School before being named Principal at Furr Elementary.
Ms. Zukowsksi has a Bachelor’s degree from Sul Ross State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.
Assistant Principal - Ashley Gannon
Ms. Gannon is beginning her 13th year as an educator and sixth year as an Assistant Principal. She began her teaching career in Prosper ISD at Rucker Elementary teaching 3rd grade and then 5th grade ELAR and Science at Rogers Middle School. She then served as Assistant Principal at Rogers Middle School, helped to open Boyer Elementary as Assistant Principal and is now serving as Assistant Principal at Furr Elementary.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis on Spanish and History and a Master of Arts in Teaching both from Austin College. She and her husband, Andrew, have been married for ten years and have three sons, Harvey, Ford and Oliver.
Principal - Kim Newman
With 30 years in education teaching Kindergarten through 5th grade and serving as an Assistant Principal, Ms. Newman is the Principal at Hughes Elementary. She graduated from Radford University in Virginia with her undergraduate degree and received her Masters degree from Walden University in Reading Literacy.
Ms. Newman has three children. Two are college grads and the third is a junior at Prosper High School. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, traveling and soccer games.
Assistant Principal - David Bill
Mr. Bill begins his 7th year in Prosper ISD and his 18th year in education. His teaching career began in Michigan where he taught for seven years before coming to Texas. He taught in McKinney ISD for four years before coming to Prosper ISD. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Iowa State University, a Master’s in Elementary Education from Drake University, and an Administration Degree from Lamar University.
He and his wife, Hope, have two cats named Lucky and Sandy. In his spare time, he loves playing tennis, reading and traveling.
LIGHT FARMS ELEMENTARY
Principal - Haley Stelly
This year marks Ms. Stelly’s thirteenth year in education.She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and spent five years teaching third grade at Baker Elementary in Prosper ISD. She served as the Assistant Principal at Rucker Elementary in Prosper ISD for four years before coming to Light Farms as the Assistant Principal in 2016. In 2017 she was named Principal at Light Farms.
Ms. Stelly and her husband have two children. She is originally from Keller, Texas, and received a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University in 2011.
Assistant Principal - Stephanie Romero
Ms. Romero graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught 2nd grade there for three years before coming to Prosper ISD in 2008 where she taught Pre-K, 1st, 3rd, and 4th grades at Baker Elementary. She graduated from UT Arlington with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2016.
She and her husband have two children, both of whom attend Prosper ISD.
Principal - Shelly Spears
During her 23 years in education, Ms. Spears has been a classroom teacher, dyslexia therapist, and administrator. Before becoming Principal at Rucker, she served as Assistant Principal at Folsom Elementary. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Kansas and her Master’s degree through Lamar University in Texas. She is Mom to three teenage boys who attend Prosper ISD schools. She has been a part of Prosper ISD since 2007.
Assistant Principal - Marisol Balderas
Ms. Balderas has been part of the Prosper family since 2009. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas and a Master's degree in Leadership and Policies Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. While in Prosper ISD, she has served as a 2nd - 4th grade Dual Language Teacher, Curriculum Design Coach, and now the Assistant Principal at Rucker. Ms. Balderas has one child who is 10 years old.
Principal - Machelle Scogin
Ms. Scogin is beginning her 19th year in education and 8th year as Principal. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies/Early Childhood/Elementary Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio then her Masters of Education in Administration from Lamar University.
She has lived in Prosper for 20 years. She and her husband, Jim, have three children, Morgan (26), Madison (23), and Mason (13).
Assistant Principal - Jennifer Larriviere
Graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Ms. Larriviere taught for several years before continuing her education by earning a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas and Stephen F. Austin State University for her Principal Certification. This is her 20th year in education and her 6th year in Prosper where she has served as a Library Media Specialist and now as Assistant Principal.
When not at school, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, both of whom attend Prosper ISD.
Principal - Dr. Jennifer Hinson
Dr. Hinson begins her 17th year in education this school year. She and her husband, Matt, have been married 23 years. While he served in the Navy, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Chaminade University in Hawaii. She then began teaching 5th and 6th grades and Gifted/Talented education in Florida, Colorado, and Alabama. She received her Master’s in Education Leadership from George Washington University and began working as an Instructional Coach and Assistant Principal. She then received her Doctoral degree from the University of Alabama.
She and her husband have two sons, Cody, who will be attending college in Tennessee and Caleb, who will be in 8th grade at Reynolds Middle School.
Assistant Principal - Katie McLain
A long time Prosper ISD employee, Ms. McLain has been in education for 16 years with 12 of those years serving in Prosper ISD as a teacher at Folsom Elementary. She received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Science from Texas A&M University and her Masters in Educational Administration in 2015 from Concordia University.
She and her husband, Kirby, have been married for 14 years and have a 9 year old daughter, Raileigh.
Principal - Kardel Miller
Beginning his 20th year in education and fourth year in Prosper ISD where he opened Windsong Ranch Elementary, Mr. Miller serves as campus Principal. Prior to moving into administration where he served as an Assistant Principal for four years, Mr. Miller taught 5th grade math and science. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education at Dakota Wesleyan University. He then earned his Masters in Education from Lamar University.
He and his wife of 24 years, Kim, have two sons, Mitchell and Grant.
Assistant Principal - Cyndi Lee
Ms. Cyndi Lee is the Assistant Principal at Windsong Ranch Elementary. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Education from Northwestern Oklahoma University and her Masters degree in Administration from Lamar University. This is her 25th year in education where she has taught 3rd - 6th grades, all subject areas, self-contained special education and in departmentalized settings.
She has been married for 19 years and has two teenage sons who attend Prosper High School.
Press Release: Prosper Baseball Coach Rick Carpenter RetiresPosted by PISD Communications on 6/7/2019 10:00:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Prosper Baseball Coach Rick Carpenter Retires
June 7, 2019 - It is with honor and respect that Prosper ISD announces the retirement of Prosper Head Baseball Coach and Texas baseball legend, Rick Carpenter. Carpenter has been a coach for Prosper ISD since 2007, during which time he has coached the team to a playoff berth every year including a State Championship in 2015.
Carpenter is one of only two coaches in the state of Texas to have won State Championships at two different schools winning the titles for Elkins in 1995, 2002, and 2003 and Prosper in 2015. With an overall coaching record of 883-311-8, Carpenter’s .731 record puts him among the elite coaches in Texas.
During his coaching years, Carpenter has accumulated 29 playoff berths, 19 District Championships, 19 recognitions as District Coach of the Year, and Coach of the Year recognition from the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, Texas Sports Writers State Coach of the year, MLB Players State Coach of the Year, Houston 5A Coach of the Year, NFHS Texas Coach of the Year, BCA District 6 Coach of the Year, ABCA Regional Coach of the Year, BCA National Coach of the Year, and USA Today National Coach of the Year.
Carpenter has been named to the Elkins Baseball Hall of Fame, Franklin High School Hall of Fame, Texas High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and was recently named to be a member of the inaugural class of the Prosper ISD Athletic Hall of Honor. Carpenter has coached 34 professional players during his time as a Texas baseball coach including four Major League players: Kip Wells, James Loney, Chad Huffman and his son Matt Carpenter.
Carpenter retires with 40 years in education to enjoy retirement with his wife Tammie, 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Prosper ISD Athletic Director, Valerie Little spoke about Carpenter’s retirement saying "We have mixed emotions about seeing Coach Carpenter retire from Prosper ISD. We are very sad to see him go but also excited for him and his family and the time they will have to spend together in this next chapter. Coach Carpenter has impacted hundreds of lives while in this profession and his impact on Prosper ISD baseball and the District in general are immeasurable. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and will miss him but know he will always be a part of Prosper Baseball"
Class of 2019 Top 10 Graduates RecognizedPosted by PISD Communications on 5/22/2019
Prosper ISD is proud to announce the Top 10 graduates of the Class of 2019. These 10 graduates will be featured on the billboard in front of Prosper High School for the year following their graduation. Rankings at Prosper High School are incredibly competitive. All of the graduates are to be commended.
Today we recognize our Top 10.
The Senior graduating tenth is Sarah Heagy. Sarah is the daughter of Brad and Traci Heagy. Sarah plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study Geography and Environmental Science.
The Senior graduating ninth is Brooke Blackstock. Brooke is the daughter of Denise and Shane Blackstock. Brooke plans to attend Oklahoma State University to major in Elementary Education.
The Senior graduating eighth is Taylor Sweet. Taylor is the daughter of Ed Sweet and Lisa Amoroso. Taylor plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to major in Arts and Entertainment Technologies.
The Senior graduating seventh is Madison Whitmire. Madi is the daughter of Francesca Whitmire and Jason Whitmire. Madi plans to attend the University of Connecticut where she will play volleyball.
The Senior graduating sixth is Jason Brown. Jason is the son of Scott and Dianne Brown. Scott will be going on mission to Colorado Springs and then attending Brigham Young University.
The Senior graduating fifth is Cole Choe. Cole is the son of Bo Kim and Tae Choe. Cole plans to attend the University of Texas to major in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus in analog circuit design.
The Senior graduating fourth is Christine Zheng. Christine is the daughter of Fan Gene. Christine plans to enter the workforce after graduation.
The Senior graduating third is Nicholas Townsend. Nick is the son of Ryan Townsend and Ricquel Townsend. Nick plans to attend Brigham Young University to major in Electrical Engineering.
The Salutatorian of the Class of 2019 is Molly Leonard. Molly is the daughter of Elizabeth and Judson Leonard. Molly plans to attend Trinity University to major in Chemistry.
The Valedictorian of the Class of 2019 is Logan Davenport. Logan is the son of Lauren and Mays Davenport. Logan plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to major in Computer Science.