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 now very excited to join 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.

 Daniel McAlister

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Daniel McAlister

Assistant Principal, 9th Grade

B.S. BiologyUniversity of Texas at Arlington
M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington jointly with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Principal Certification, Stephen F. Austin State University

Mr. McAlister joined FWISD in 2009 where he began teaching science at Green B. Trimble Technical High School.  While at Trimble Tech, Mr. McAlister served as science department chair, a member of the technology integration team, founding sponsor for a chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Jr., and head swim coach.  He is extremely excited to be a Polytechnic Parrot and looks forward to working with students and staff to make “Poly the place to be”.  While away from school, Mr. McAlister enjoys golf, boating, cooking, and spending time with his wife and young son.   

 Melissa Rincon

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Melissa Rincon

Assistant Principal, 10th Grade

B.A. Journalism and Political ScienceUniversity of Texas at Arlington
M.Ed. Educational LeadershipTarleton State University

Mrs. Rincon has worked for FWISD since 2007, where she began her teaching career as an English teacher at North Side High School. She has served as a lead content teacher, department chair, programs of choice coordinator and dean before coming to Poly High School.  When not at school, Mrs. Rincon enjoys cooking, traveling, gardening, serving her church family and spending time with her husband and kids.

 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.

 Latisha Manning

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Latisha Manning

Assistant Principal, 12th Grade

B.A. History, Grambling State University
M.B.A Management, LeTourneau University
M.Ed., Concordia University

Latisha Manning joined the Fort Worth Independent School District in 2008 as a classroom teacher at William James Middle School.  During this time she had the opportunity to be a team leader, whereas she facilitated team building amongst faculty and staff members.  In addition, Latisha served as an Administrative Intern from 2010-2013.  Other assignments in the FWISD include, Summer School Assistant Principal at Trimble Technical High School and Learning Network Specialist for Middle School Social Studies.

In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her family in Louisiana and spending time with her 2 year old niece and 4 year old nephew.

 Nichole Burkhardt

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Nichole Burkhardt

Aspiring Principal Resident

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Texas at Arlington

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.  I am currently finishing my masters degree in Educational Leadership at Texas Christian University.  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.