Tonight, the Board of Trustees approved several District and campus administrative changes, including new principals for Deer Park High School-South Campus, DPHS-North Campus, and Carpenter Elementary as well as a new assistant superintendent for business services, a new director of fine arts and a new director of mathematics.
Longtime campus administrator Scott Davis assumes leadership of the District’s largest school, DPHS-SC. Davis began working for the District as a permanent substitute teacher in 1982 and subsequently taught fifth at grade Deepwater Elementary and Lynchburg Elementary. In 1990, he was named assistant principal of Fairmont Elementary and became the school’s principal 11 years later. Davis returned to DWE as principal in 2003, and he was principal of Deepwater Junior High from 2009-2018. He has spent the past two years as principal of DPHS-NC,
In 1982, Davis earned his bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Southwest Texas State University. He received a master of science degree in educational management from the University of Houston at Clear Lake in 1985.
Davis fills a vacancy left by outgoing principal Steve Corry, who was recently named assistant superintendent for administration.
Trustees named Kirk Taylor to fill the opening at North Campus left by Davis’ move to South Campus.
In 1994, Taylor began his career as a social studies teacher and coach at Deer Park Junior High. Five years later, he accepted a position at DPHS-North Campus, and, in 2001, he moved to a similar position at DPHS-SC. Taylor was named an assistant principal of DPHS-SC in 2009 and was named the school’s associate principal last year.
Taylor received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Houston in 1993. He earned his master of education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2002.
Carpenter Elementary students and parents will recognize the name of the school’s new principal: Blanca Galvan. In 2003, Galvan began her career as a fourth-grade bilingual teacher at Deepwater Elementary. In 2011, she was named Response to Intervention (RTI) specialist at the school. Galvan has been Carpenter’s assistant principal since 2015.
She received her bachelor of science degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in 1999 and master of education degree from the University of Houston in 2004.
Galvan replaces current Carpenter Elementary Principal Suzanne Holcomb, who recently announced her retirement.
The District’s finances will continue to be in experienced hands, as the School Board named David Edgar to fill the assistant superintendent for business services opening. Edgar has three decades of experience in accounting and school business.
From 1988-2000, Edgar worked for private accounting firms in Houston and Beaumont. He began his career in public education in 2000, working for 10 years as Vidor ISD’s assistant superintendent of finance. The following three years, he was business manager at Hallsville ISD. From 2013-16, he was assistant superintendent of business services at Eanes ISD, and he worked as Austin ISD’s executive director of financial services from 2016-19. Last year, he assumed his current position as chief financial officer of Del Valle ISD.
In 1988, Edgar earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lamar University. He replaces Pete Pape, who has accepted a position in another district.
Board members named Jason Dove the District’s new director of fine arts. Dove began his career in 1997 at Greater Clark County Schools. He held choral directing positions for several years in Plano ISD and Lewisville ISD before becoming head choir director at South Campus in 2015.
Dove received his bachelor of music education degree from the University of Louisville in 1996, and he earned a master of music degree from Southern Methodist University last year. He replaces longtime employee Barry Talley, who recently retired as fine arts director.
The District’s new director of mathematics is Amy Cramer, who began her career in 1997 as a clerk in the DPISD Department of Instruction. After several years as a support professional, she became a teacher at DPHS-NC in 2009. Three years later, she was named math department chairperson. In 2014, she became the math instructional facilitator at South Campus, a position she held until last year, when she was named an assistant principal at Bonnette Junior High.
In 2009, Cramer earned her bachelor of arts degree from UHCL. She earned her master of science degree from UHCL in 2017.
Cramer will assume supervision of the District’s mathematics program from Executive Director of Instruction Cindy Hart, who has been covering two positions---her previous job as mathematics director as well as executive director---since she became head of the Department of Instruction.
These administrative changes are effective on July 1.