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GISD Announces Hiring of Four Principals

The Georgetown Independent School District named the following principals of Pickett Elementary School/Wolf Ranch Elementary School, Cooper Elementary School, Wagner Middle School, and Georgetown High School during a special board meeting on Wednesday, June 5:

  • Jacob Donnell

  • Tish Ptomey

  • Danielle Holloway

  • Brian Johnson

Jacob Donnell will lead Pickett Elementary School as the new principal. He will be responsible for the transition to the new Wolf Ranch Elementary in 2020-2021. As principal, Donnell will facilitate the transition, hire staff, and develop new processes and procedures to open Wolf Ranch Elementary.

Previously, Donnell served as an elementary principal in Waco ISD where he increased parent involvement, established a positive culture, and improved academic performance. With more than 13 years of experience, he has served as a math teacher, assistant/associate principal, and principal.

He has a Master of Science from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor.

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Tish Ptomey, the current assistant principal at Forbes Middle School, will transition as the new principal at Cooper Elementary. As principal, she will be responsible for facilitating and supporting campus staff to design engaging work for students and establish and model a culture aligned to the GISD Strategic Framework among other duties.

Previously, Ptomey played an integral part with the opening of Wagner Middle School, where she helped hire staff, as well as design and develop processes and procedures to open Wagner Middle School.

She received her Masters of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Tarleton State University.

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Danielle Holloway will collaboratively manage all aspects of Wagner Middle School. She will lead, facilitate, and support the design of engaging work for students and ensure actions and behaviors support and model a culture aligned to GISD’s Strategic Framework, among other duties.

Previously, Holloway was an important partner in the team that hired staff and designed the opening of Wagner Middle School. She was instrumental in aligning instruction at Wagner with GISD’s Learner Profile and chairs the Capstone Committee. Holloway developed the master schedule that provides opportunities for collaboration/flexibility in how teachers view time/space/resources.

She has her Master’s of Education and Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University.

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Brian Johnson will lead and manage all aspects of Georgetown High School. He will support and ensure actions and behaviors support the mission of GISD and advance the campus toward the GISD vision. Johnson will align systems and processes to support the implementation.

Previously, he managed all aspects of a high school campus with 1,800 students, including establishing vision and budgeting, and creating a ‘day of service’ for all incoming freshmen. Johnson grew advanced academics & AP test preparation by 300% and implemented fundraising efforts that raised more than $50,000 annually for technology, service learning, and professional development.

He received his Master of Education from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

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All four principals will assume their new roles in July.

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Jacob Donnell
Tish Ptomey
Danielle Holloway
Brian Johnson