Lockhart ISD announcements mark a new chapter for the district leadership team
Date: June 15, 2022
Lockhart ISD announcements mark a new chapter for the district leadership team
Lockhart Independent School District announced the selection of Ty J. Davidson as the new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. He joins the superintendent’s cabinet after the promotion of Dr. Stephaine Camarillo to deputy superintendent. The district also announced the promotions of Christina Courson to chief of staff and Dana Sidle to director of strategic planning and grant initiatives. These changes mark a new chapter for the district leadership team in preparation for the 2022-2023 school year.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction - Ty J. Davidson
Ty J. Davidson, born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, served the Austin Independent School District for over twenty years in numerous capacities, assuming leadership responsibilities including teacher, instructional coach, principal, and executive director.
After successes in school turnaround at Dobie Middle School and Crockett High School in Austin ISD, he was selected to lead Travis High School as principal in 2010. In his eight years leading the campus, graduation rates increased from 52% to 92%, the campus became the first dual-language high school, an early college high school, a PTECH, and earned the US Department of Education’s Makerspace Award. The campus also earned over a dozen academic distinctions from the Texas Education Agency.
In 2018, he was promoted to executive director to provide coaching and support to both middle and high school campuses. As a district-level administrator, he helped improve instruction and student learning by modeling protocols of professional learning communities, using assessments to individualize student support, and leading professional development. Davidson also worked collaboratively with staff to build blended learning models while promoting social and emotional learning for all children. During his tenure as a district-level administrator, all high schools earned a B or better in accountability, and middle schools demonstrated academic growth.
Davidson is a member of the Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, Central Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, and serves as a board member for Visit Austin. He continues to mentor and is an inaugural leader in Project Males through The University of Texas at Austin. He has served with My Brother’s Keeper and the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color. He has been published in VUE and is the former president of the Austin Area School Principals Association.
“I am honored to join a team of student-centered educators in a community that cares about the lives and aspirations of all children as they receive a world-class education that prepares them for life, college, and career," said Davidson.
Superintendent Mark Estrada shared, “Mr. Davidson’s experience and a record of high expectations and achievement align perfectly with our district value of being Locked on Excellence. I am excited to see how instruction and learning will continue to grow under his leadership.”
Davidson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin in 1996, a Master’s in Educational Administration in 2007, and completed Superintendency coursework at Texas State University in 2021. Davidson also earned a Certificate of School Management and Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2018.
Chief of Staff - Christina Courson
Christina Courson originally joined Lockhart ISD in 2016 as the public information officer and was later promoted in 2018 to the executive director of communications and community services. As a member of the superintendent’s cabinet, she spearheads the district’s communication program, cultivates community support and trust, leads the community education and campus parent liaison programs, and provides counsel to district and campus leaders in strategic communication and change management. As chief of staff, she will continue to provide leadership in these areas but will additionally lead the school district’s human resources department.
Courson is a member of Lockhart ISD’s District Leadership Program (DLP) team and a graduate of The Holdsworth Center’s Leadership Program. She and other team members of the LISD DLP facilitated a shift in leadership and culture over the past three years centered on the district values of LockHeart for People, Locked on Excellence, and UnLocking Potential. The district’s marketing campaign for launching the #LockhartLeading district values earned the Crystal Commendation for outstanding marketing campaign from the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA).
In addition to leadership within the district, Courson currently serves on the TSPRA Executive Committee as the parliamentarian, previously chaired TSPRA’s Online Learning Committee, and served on the TSPRA Financial Audit Committee.
Before joining the team in Lockhart, she served as the communication specialist at Hays Consolidated Independent School District, the third fastest-growing county in the United States at that time. She also worked at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department for eleven years as a communication specialist, legislative liaison, performance and accountability specialist, delinquency prevention research specialist, grant writer, and project manager.
Having devoted 21 years in service to the children of Texas along the continuum, Courson is passionate about ensuring children have the supports and services they need to thrive.
“Lockhart ISD is truly a school district that empowers its staff and students, ensuring we are UnLocking Potential in ourselves and others,” said Courson. “I am grateful to the superintendent and the Board for the opportunity to serve in a larger role, and I look forward to partnering with the LISD HR team to ensure we continue to attract top talent and provide excellent support and service to our amazing staff.”
“Ms. Courson is an example of our district value of UnLocking Potential,” said Superintendent Estrada. “The Board and leadership team have been intentional in creating opportunities for leaders to continue to grow so they can reach their full potential in Lockhart ISD.”
Courson has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from The American University in Washington, D.C., and a Master of Science in Leadership and Change from St. Edward’s University in Austin. She is a member of the Texas School Public Relations Association, National School Public Relations Association, Texas Council of School Women Executives, and Texas Association of School Administrators.
Director of Strategic Planning and Grant Initiatives - Dana Sidle
Lockhart ISD promoted Dana Sidle from associate principal at Lockhart Junior High School to serve in a district-level leadership capacity as the director of strategic planning and grant initiatives. In this role, Sidle will spearhead the district’s innovative initiatives including the Additional Day School Year through the Texas COVID Learning Acceleration Supports, the Teacher Incentive Allotment to recognize and reward high-performing teachers who meet specific criteria, lead the Texas State Resident Program, and support strategic district priorities around onboarding staff, identifying high potential leaders, and providing role clarity.
Sidle launched her 22-year career in public education in 2000, serving as an English Language Arts teacher at Pearce Middle School in Austin ISD where she thrived in leading teams and content, facilitated school-wide professional development, was co-architect of the 6th-grade Transition Camp and Summer School, and coached volleyball. Her investment in students and staff earned her the honor of Teacher of the Year in 2008. That year, Sidle’s record of excellence launched her into campus leadership as assistant principal at Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary School. The following year, she additionally served as the principal of summer school in Del Valle ISD.
In 2012, she joined the team at Garcia Middle School as the academic project specialist II. She managed and facilitated after-school tutorials and Saturday camps, assisted in the development and evaluation of educational programs, served as a testing administrator, and facilitated academic data meetings.
Lockhart Junior High School selected Sidle as assistant principal in 2013, providing leadership to the campus by developing and evaluating educational programs; forming partnerships with and communicating critical information to students, staff, and parents; monitoring academic excellence; and tracking progress and performance objectives. Because of her continued commitment to being Locked on Excellence, she was promoted to associate principal in 2019.
Sidle was selected for The Holdsworth Center Campus Leadership Program for Lockhart Junior High School and will graduate from the program this week.
“I am a proud product of a Lockhart ISD education, and I’m sincerely honored and humbled to grow from having been a student here to now serving as a leader in a community dear to my heart,” said Sidle.
“As the district continues to grow and innovate, Ms. Sidle’s leadership will be key in how we leverage resources strategically and creatively to ensure excellent outcomes for both our students and staff,” said Superintendent Estrada. “She is committed to UnLocking Potential in herself and everyone she works with, and I am excited to see her have an impact on a larger scale.”
Sidle earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Liberal Arts from Texas State University and a Master of Science in Educational leadership from Walden University. She additionally has certification in human resources from The University of Texas and principal certification. She is a member of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals.
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