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School Board names new assistant principals for BJH, DWJH

During tonight’s meeting of the DPISD School Board, trustees approved the administration’s recommendation to fill two campus administrative vacancies at Bonnette Junior High and Deepwater Junior High.  Chris Viator was named an assistant principal at BJH, and Donald Thompson was named as assistant principal at Deepwater Junior High.


Viator began his professional career in 2000 as a social studies teacher and coach at DWJH, a position he held at Deepwater until 2013.  From 2013-2015, Viator was an assistant principal at Lomax Junior High in La Porte ISD.  He was subsequently named to his current position as La Porte Junior High’s associate principal.


In 2012, Viator earned his master of education degree from Lamar University.  He received his bachelor of arts from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2000.  He is a Deer Park High School graduate.


Viator fills a vacancy left by Angie Cabaniss, who was recently named principal of Deepwater Elementary.


In 1996, Thompson began his career in education as a teacher in Alvin ISD.  During the subsequent 23 years, he worked in teaching and coaching positions at Southwest Baptist University, Goose Creek Consolidated ISD, Pasadena ISD, Alvin ISD, and Clear Creek ISD.  During that time, he also worked for four years as an assistant principal at Alvin High School and for one year as an elementary principal at a private school.  He accepted a position at Deer Park High School-South Campus in 2016 and currently works as an AVID teacher.  He was named an assistant girls soccer coach in 2017.


Thompson pursued his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Southwest Baptist University, earning his bachelor of science degree in 1993 and his master of science degree in 1996.


He fills a vacancy left by his new supervisor, Rosa Ramos, who was recently named principal at DWJH.


These changes are effective on July 1.