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GISD and Williamson County announce Tara Stewart Principal at JJAEP

The Georgetown Independent School District announced today that Tara Stewart has been selected to lead the Williamson County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) as the new principal.  

Stewart served as assistant principal at the JHW Inspire Academy Meridell campus in Liberty Hill and has been acting principal since January. There she was responsible for supporting a broad range of learning for students in grades 5-12 in need of neuro-psychological and behavioral treatment in a therapeutic environment. Prior to that, she served as assistant principal at Vandegrift High School in Leander ISD and as a district 504/ADA Coordinator. At both the campus and district levels, Stewart has valuable experience working together with faculty, students, and families to nurture the culture and development of quality educational settings. 

As principal, Stewart will lead the facility’s mission to make a difference in the community by creating opportunities for positive change through hope, empowerment, prevention, and accountability. Stewart's background as an administrator in residential treatment will serve her well in her new role as she and her team will serve JJAEP students with similar needs with the goal of positively impacting the whole student through a trauma-informed, social-emotional framework.

Stewart holds a master’s degree in educational psychology and a graduate academic certificate in gifted and talented education from the University of North Texas. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Texas A&M University. Stewart enjoys reading, training her therapy dog, and traveling with her husband and three children. 

The JJAEP is operated by Williamson County, with educational support and staffing provided by Georgetown ISD.  In partnership, WCJS and GISD work to rehabilitate, educate, and support students and their families from the 12 Independent School Districts within Williamson County.