FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 4/22/2005
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Judy Everett Ramos, 817-399-2025
|Dr. Gene Buinger, superintendent of schools, has announced several staff reassignments for the 2005-2006 school year.
Carma Schellhorn, currently Principal of Oakwood Terrace Elementary School in Euless, will become Principal of South Euless Elementary School next fall. The position is becoming available as a result of the retirement of Celia Griffin at this end of this school year.
Eva Orr, longtime principal of Bedford Heights Elementary School, will fill Schellhorn’s position at Oakwood Terrace. Bedford Heights Assistant Principal Brad Mengwasser will become that school’s principal for 2005-2006.
In addition to principal reassignments, two assistant principals will move as well. Brenda Aldridge of Oakwood Terrace will become Assistant Principal at Bellaire Elementary School in Hurst. Kelly Chaudhry of Bellaire will become Assistant Principal of Oakwood Terrace. Buinger said the district will begin looking for candidates to fill Mengwasser’s vacancy at Bedford Heights.
Schellhorn has a master’s degree in education administration and a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and elementary education from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Schellhorn began her 14-year career in HEB ISD as a substitute teacher at South Euless Elementary School in 1991. She was a teacher there from 1992 until the middle of 1999, when she was named West Hurst Elementary’s assistant principal. She has been Principal of Oakwood Terrace since 2002, but Schellhorn said her long history with South Euless had a permanent impact on her.
“I look forward to opening a new chapter in my professional career with HEB ISD,” Schellhorn said. “I applied for the position at South Euless because I enjoy guiding staff, students and parents toward greater student academic success.”
Orr has spent her entire 38 years in education with HEB ISD, with the last 18 in her current position. Before becoming Principal of Bedford Heights, Orr spent one year there as assistant principal, taught one year at West Hurst, and taught 18 years at Midway Park Elementary.
Orr has a master’s degree in supervision from Texas Woman’s University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas Wesleyan University.
With most of her career spent at two schools, Orr said she is excited about moving to Oakwood Terrace.
“Being a principal is one of my greatest joys, and I am very proud to have served 38 years here in HEB ISD,” Orr said. “I really look forward to Oakwood Terrace because it is truly a community school, completely surrounded by the homes of the children who enter its doors on a daily basis. Just knowing that every day I have the privilege of entering a school and working with children who hold our future in their minds and hearts is both challenging and life changing. There’s no better place to serve as a principal than in such a community, where the school has the potential for being the center of leadership and academic excellence.”
Mengwasser has a master’s degree in education administration from Texas Woman's University and a bachelor’s degree in business from the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. He received his Texas teaching certificate from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Mengwasser has spent his 15-year education career in HEB ISD, beginning as a teacher at Bedford Heights, followed by an assistant principal position at Bellaire Elementary. He returned to Bedford Heights in his current position five years ago .He said he is happy to remain a part of the Bedford Heights community and wants to continue the raising the academic bar at his school.
“We want to continue to keep in place the outstanding academic legacy that was established under the leadership of Eva Orr, our principal for the past 18 years,” Mengwasser said. “Bedford Heights is a Schools of Choice campus, and our job is to make certain that every child receives our best effort to stretch their thinking and learning.”
In addition to campus changes, Buinger also announced that Judy Mizell, the current Girls Athletic Director, will be the sole athletic director next year. The vacancy created when Gary Olivo left the boys athletic position to become Head Football Coach at LD Bell High School will be filled with an assistant position. Mizell and Olivo had been co-athletic directors, dividing areas of responsibilities throughout the district.
Mizell said that while working as a co-director had its benefits, the new arrangement will work just as well.
“Being co-directors meant always checking with each other before making major decisions, and that was fine,” Mizell said. “I see no difficulty with this new method, since I will have an assistant who will consult with me regularly as major decisions are made for our programs.”
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