Principal Mindy Choate

  • M. Choate


    Greetings Puma Families,

    I am honored to join the amazing staff at Purl Elementary! This will be my 26th year in education. I am very excited about the opportunity to work and grow with the teachers and students. 

    I have been a campus principal for over 17 years and have worked with teachers at all levels K-12. My teaching experience includes reading language arts, special education, and reading intervention.  I have most recently served as Director of Humanities for Eanes ISD in Austin, Texas.  In this role, I was responsible for the development and support of K-12 English Language Arts, Social Studies, and World Languages curriculum and assessments, professional learning, and supporting the use of data to monitor student academic progress. I have a Master's degree of Science in education from the University of Houston — Clear Lake and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Houston Central. 

    My husband, Steve, and I live in Georgetown and love spending time with our 5 children and our granddaughter.

    I look forward to getting to know each of our Puma students and their families!


    Mindy Hicks Choate



Assistant Principal Maria "Angely" Davila

  • Ms. Davila

    Hello PUMAS,

    My name is Maria (Angely) Dávila, and this will be my 18th year in education. I have taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade bilingual and for the past 3 years, I've served Purl Elementary as an Assistant Principal. I earned a degree in Business Administration-Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico and earned a Master of Education degree and Principal Certification from Tarleton State University-Central Texas in Killeen. Throughout my career, I've mentored teachers, participated in their leadership academy, and led a variety of student initiatives to serve our community. I am a proud army wife and a mom of two boys that loves to craft, sing, and travel.


Assistant Principal - Melanie Tunnell

  • Tunnell

    Hey There Pumas!

    I am beyond thrilled and so excited to become a part of the Purl Elementary Family! I have been a teacher for 14 years and I have taught 3rd and 4th grade.  I am currently a special education teacher for kindergarten through fifth-grade students.  I was also the summer school principal at GHS in 2019.  I chose to become an assistant principal because my passion is of course teaching, however, I am excited to be able to spread my love for education to not only students but staff and parents as well.  I love building relationships and feel that it is the most important thing about being an educator.   As an administrator, I never want to forget what it means to be in the classroom and interact with students each day.  Being an assistant principal allows me to impact every student and staff member by making sure there are opportunities to learn and grow and reach their fullest potential.


    Having the opportunity to become a Puma is an achievement that I have worked so hard toward.  There simply is nothing more invigorating or humbling than to connect with students in a way that changes that student's life and now I have the opportunity to do so here at Purl, and to me, that is the most exciting thing.  I’m also excited to work with our staff and grow together to achieve amazing things.  


    My husband, Jay, and I have 4 children together that we enjoy spending time with!  We also have 3 dogs - two small poodles and one standard poodle, let’s just say we have oodles of poodles!  In my spare time, I enjoy photography, live music, shopping, and spending time with my family and friends.  


    I look forward to getting to know each Puma kiddo and Family this year!


    Melanie Tunnell