Nick Torrez

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Nick Torrez

Principal

B.S.University of Texas at Arlington
M.B.A., Dallas Baptist University


Principal Torrez earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Arlington then continued to earn his MBA at Dallas Baptist University.  During his career in education, Principal Torrez has served as a bilingual teacher, an assistant principal at Woodway Elementary and at Stripling Middle School. At both campuses Mr. Torrez worked collectively to move those schools from Academically Unacceptable campuses to Acceptable and Recognized campuses. In his first principal assignment, Mr. Torrez took his leadership skills to George C. Clarke Elementary where he worked to synchronize the staff and increase campus ratings from Recognized to Exemplary as identified by TEA. Most recently he was the principal at Kirkpatrick Middle School, during his tenure the school’s index ratings consistently improved year after year. In 2017 KMS earned six stars of distinction from TEA.

Whether it’s moving campuses from Academically Unacceptable to Recognized or from Recognized to Exemplary, Principal Torrez has dedicated his efforts to improving campuses through collective, team-based approaches, clear lines of communication, and thorough planning.

Principal Torrez is excited to begin his 2nd year with the Polytechnic High School team. His approach in leadership will be to support teachers and support staff so that they can continue to grow and believe in the greatness of our student population.  His core belief is that all students can and will learn, despite the challenges they may face.

 Nichole Burkhardt

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Nichole Burkhardt

Assistant Principal, 12th Grade

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Texas at Arlington
M.Ed. Educational Leadership, Texas Christian University

I began teaching in FWISD at South Hills High School as a Biology teacher in 2009.  I served as both a Lead Content Teacher and a Department Chair.   When choosing a career I originally wanted to be an artist but as doors began to open my path quickly changed to education.  I love what I do.  I'm here for the students and to support the teachers.  

When I'm not at work or school I love to spend time with my wonderful husband and 3 beautiful daughters.

 

 

 

 Darryl Gentry

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Darryl Gentry

Assistant Principal, 10th Grade

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B.S. Sports and Health SciencesAmerican Military University
M.Ed. Educational Leadership, Texas Christian University
U.S. Army Veteran, 8 years of service

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Entering my seventh year as an educator in FWISD with previous experience at McClung Middle, Meadowbrook Middle, and Dunbar High School. Excited to be apart of the Poly family and being an advocate for students and their academic growth. 

 Precious Poullard

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Precious Poullard

Assistant Principal, 11th Grade

B.A. ULL (University Louisiana Lafayette)
Teaching Certification: UTA (University of Texas at Arlington)
Masters: TCU (Texas Christian University)

 

 

 

I NEVER intended to work in education. I was going to go to medical school to be a forensic pathologist and my husband was going to go to law school and focus on corporate law. While in LA getting our first degree, someone planted a seed that we should consider education. As time went on, other people watered that seed. We moved to TX in 2001 and began teaching at Paschal High, my husband was a floater and spent 2 class periods in my room. During our first year in the classroom, we absolutely fell in love with our new profession – purpose collided with destiny. I then realized EVERYTHING I experienced growing up had prepared me to be a positive influence in the lives of students I would be blessed to be a part of.

 James Sparrow

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James Sparrow

Assistant Principal, 9th Grade

B.A. Business Administration, Northwood University
M.Ed., Educational Administration, University of North Texas
Retired U.S. Army Veteran, 20 years of Service

 

Mr. Sparrow is coming to the Polytechnic family from R.L. Paschal High School.  He has been with FWISD for 18 years and has worked with Trimble Technical and Paul Laurence Dunbar High Schools.  He is excited to be apart of the New Poly family and is looking forward to the great years ahead.