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Board of Education Appoints New APs for FWISD Leadership Academies

Fort Worth, Texas - The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education named assistant principals for five new FWISD Leadership Academies at the April 11 school board meeting.

Superintendent Kent Scribner said more than 200 administrators expressed interest in positions with the FWISD Leadership Academies.  

“We believe we are really going to transform the educational lives and trajectory of the students at our five Leadership Academies,” Dr. Scribner said. 

The three new elementary assistant principals are Vanessa Cuarenta, FWISD Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard; Drew Farr, FWISD Leadership Academy at Como Elementary; and Angela Hall, FWISD Leadership Academy at John T. White Elementary

Ms. Cuarenta has served the past two years in the District’s Professional Learning and Improvement Department as a new teacher induction specialist and was a successful Teach for America recruit.

Mr. Farr has an educational background in both elementary and secondary schools, serving as a secondary assistant principal for six years. He was also an elementary teacher for eight years with proven results in math and science.

Ms. Hall has been an elementary school principal in Fort Worth ISD for the last 10 years. She has been instrumental at her current assignment, Oakhurst Elementary School.  The school’s third grade literacy results have been identified with the distinction as a “bright spot campus” for high literacy results in an environment with large percentages of economically disadvantaged students.

Dr. Scribner also introduced three new secondary assistant principals, who will all serve at the FWISD Leadership Academy at Forest Oak Middle School. They are Michael Conner, Khristina Goady, and Danny Fracassi.

Mr. Conner is currently assistant principal at Stockard Middle School in Dallas ISD.  Prior to this position, he was a career and technology education teacher at Carter High School, also in Dallas ISD.  He was named School Teacher of the Year by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, 2012 -2013, and has a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas.

Ms. Goady is currently an academic facilitator in Dallas ISD serving both elementary and secondary schools in the Thomas Jefferson Feeder pattern. She is the founder of Academics 360 Educational Support Services, an educational nonprofit that works to build instructional capacity of educators, parents, and community members to ensure the academic success of all students. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola University.

Mr. Fracassi is currently an assistant principal at Morningside Middle School, where he has served for five years. He is a former English language arts teacher in the District and has also taught at several college preparatory schools across the country. He is a graduate of Niagara University with a Master of Science in Foundations and Education.

These administrative appointments are part of the Fort Worth ISD Leadership Academy Initiative. The Initiative is a commitment of resources and support intended to grow student achievement and deepen learning at underperforming campuses. It is set to begin in the 2017-2018 school year at five schools. The backbone of the model will be strong leadership teams, highly effective teachers, and high expectations for staff and students.

The schools that will become Leadership Academies for 2017-2018 are:

  • Como Elementary School
  • Mitchell Boulevard Elementary School
  • Maude Logan Elementary School
  • John T. White Elementary School
  • Forest Oak Middle School

Each school will be renamed utilizing both the Leadership Academy moniker and the traditional name of the school, i.e. FWISD Leadership Academy at Como Elementary, or FWISD Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard Elementary, etc.

Dr. Scribner said more Leadership Academy positions will be announced at future board meetings.

Board of Education President Jacinto Ramos, Jr. said to the new administrators, “We are excited for what the future holds for all of you and for Fort Worth ISD.”