Announcements for Navarro, Community Education

Leadership announcements for Navarro Elementary School and LISD Community Education Department
Posted on 05/17/2021

District News Release

DATE: May 17, 2021

Leadership announcements for Navarro Elementary School and LISD Community Education Department

Lockhart Independent School District announced the selection of Adam Miller as the new principal of Navarro Elementary School. The announcement came after a rigorous and highly competitive interview process of internal candidates within the district. 

Miller has served as the assistant principal at Lockhart Junior High School since 2019. There he works collaboratively with the principal and campus administration team in the daily operations of the school with 1,500 students. He provides instructional leadership to 6th - 8th-grade teachers through impact coaching, weekly walkthroughs, collaboration, and a positive focus on growth and professional learning. He additionally serves as a campus behavior coordinator, a role in which he builds positive school culture by using positive behavior supports and employing restorative practices in working with students who are referred. Miller also provides leadership as the Campus Mission and Vision Oversight Committee Administrator and New Teacher Support Mentor Supervisor.

Miller has also served on several district-level committees including the Holdsworth Campus Leadership Team, District Equity Team, District Leadership Definition Team, District Advisory Council, and the District GT Placement Committee.

Prior to joining LJHS, Miller served as the assistant principal at Alma Brewer Strawn Elementary School, an instructional coach at Creedmoor Elementary School In Del Valle ISD, and held positions at Menchaca Elementary School and Clayton Elementary School in Austin ISD including 4th-grade teacher and special education teacher. During his time at Clayton Elementary, he was selected as the Campus Teacher of the Year in 2013 and was also chosen as special education team leader.

Miller held district-level leadership roles in previous districts as he served as a District National Board Teacher Mentor and was a member of the Social-Emotional Learning Steering Committee in Austin ISD. 

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in History with a Minor in Speech Communication from Texas State University. He earned his Master of Education in Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin.

“The district had a difficult choice in a pool of outstanding candidates, but after a rigorous interviewing process, Adam Miller emerged as the best choice in taking the helm at Navarro Elementary School,” said Superintendent Mark Estrada. “During his 13 years in education, he has continued to progress in leadership roles at campuses while also stepping up to serve in district-level leadership opportunities. He has a record of being ‘Locked on Excellence,’ is committed to ‘UnLocking Potential’ in the students and staff he serves, and demonstrates daily his ‘LockHeart for People,’ understanding that building trust and relationships is the foundation for success.” 

Current Navarro Principal Deanna Juarez announced in late April that she would be leaving the campus at the end of the school year to serve as the next director of the district’s community education department. Juarez has served as principal there since 2017. 

Juarez began her 24-year career in public education as a teacher at Navarro later becoming assistant principal at the campus. She then became principal at Clear Fork Elementary School, where she served for six years, before serving as principal for Lockhart High School until 2017. The opportunity to ascend into a district-level leadership position was a natural next step in her continued leadership growth. 

Juarez earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Southwest Texas State and a Masters in Educational Administration at Texas State University. She has also pursued superintendent certification in her pursuit of ongoing professional development. 

“Ms. Juarez has an impressive record and progression of ascending roles and increasing responsibilities that have impacted students at both elementary and secondary levels,” said Superintendent Estrada. “With her leadership experience as a principal, strong familiarity with  the community education programs, established relationships with other campus leaders, and her connections with students, parents, and community members, Ms. Juarez is well-positioned for success in her new district leadership role.”

This change was prompted by the announcement by the current Director of Community Education Karla Tate of her decision to retire this June after a 35-year career in Lockhart ISD. Tate began her career teaching 7th and 8th-grade reading, later joining Lockhart High School as a 12th grade English teacher. 

After completing Mid-Management Certification in Educational Administration at Southwest Texas State University, Tate ascended into campus leadership roles at Lockhart High School, Clear Fork Elementary School, and Bluebonnet Elementary School, ultimately stepping into district leadership as Director of Community Education. 

As a director, she has been responsible for the after school programs, summer camp opportunities, summer enrichment programs, youth and adult sports programs, adult ESL and GED preparation classes, ACE after school programs, the Cub House Child Development Center, and the partnership with Austin Community College and Community Action to offer HVAC classes for certification. She most recently worked with the City of Lockhart to launch the Lockhart Summer Teen Center to offer free recreational activities for teens 13-18 years old. Tate has also worked closely with the curriculum and instruction department to plan and launch the district’s ACEPlus program to serve students this summer. 

“Ms. Tate began her time with Lockhart ISD as a first-grader at Clear Fork Elementary, eventually graduating from Lockhart High School. We were so fortunate that she chose to return to LISD as a teacher after college to serve our Lions for all of these years,” said Superintendent Estrada. “We are grateful for her service and her part in building a legacy of excellence.” 

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