LISD announces leadership changes for 18-19

LISD announces campus and district leadership changes for 2018-2019
Posted on 07/11/2018


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Date: July 11, 2018  

LISD announces campus and district leadership changes for 2018-2019

Campus Announcements
Superintendent Mark Estrada announced a number of key leadership changes at LISD campuses for the 2018-2019 school year.

Matthew Altman has been promoted to associate principal at Lockhart High School. In this leadership role on the campus administration team, Altman is responsible for academic programming at the high school.

Altman was hired by LISD in 2016 as assistant principal at the high school. He was responsible for serving as the campus testing coordinator, campus behavior coordinator, campus safety coordinator, 504 coordinator, and other roles supporting the students and staff at the campus. Prior to his time at LISD, Altman was a math teacher and math department chair for six years at Ojeda Middle School in Del Valle ISD.

Altman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in piano performance at The University of Texas at Tyler. He earned a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Concordia University Texas. He is also a member of Raise Your Hand Texas and Texas Association of Secondary School Principals.


Terence Gahan joined the Lockhart High School campus administration team as assistant principal. He is one of three assistant principals to support students and staff at the campus.

Gahan most recently served as the coordinator for the Lockhart Discipline Management Center (LDMC). He initially joined LISD in 2015 as a social studies teacher at LDMC, the school district’s discipline alternative education program (DAEP). In his three years at the campus, Gahan worked with students to develop positive behaviors and lifelong strategies for success.  Previous to his time in LISD, he served as a teacher, coordinator, and principal with the Conservation Corps.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Texas State University and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Lamar University. He is a former United States Marine, volunteers as a youth soccer coach in Lockhart, and is a member of the Lockhart Historical Commission.

Lockhart Junior High School selected Victor Hernandez as its new assistant principal. He is one of three assistant principals on the campus leadership team.

Hernandez has nearly a decade of educational experience, including teaching middle school science, leading the campus Positive Behavior and Interventions Support Expectations Committee, serving on both the campus and district leadership teams, and most recently, assistant principal for summer school at Lehman High School in Hays CISD. Hernandez has also served as a mentor to first-year teachers, providing valuable guidance and support to ensure their success, and also as the coach for football, basketball, and track at Simon Middle School.

He earned a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science from Texas State University and a Master of Education in Educational Administration at Lamar University. He is a member of the Science Teachers Association of Texas, Association of Texas Professional Educators, and Texas High School Coaches Association.

Plum Creek Elementary school announced the selection of Shiela Parker as its new assistant principal. She joins Principal Jamee Griebel on the campus administration team.

Parker joins LISD with nearly two decades of education experience, most recently as a high school pre-AP and AP English teacher at Wimberley High School. She has also served as a teacher in Hutto ISD, Paris ISD, and Del Rio ISD. Before entering the classroom as an educator, she was a secretary in the human resources department for Lockhart ISD for three years. She then  earned the CD Marshall Endowed Scholarship to attend college and was a student teacher at Lockhart Junior High School. She was then hired into her first teaching job at LJHS, later transferring to Lockhart High School where she taught for six years.

Parker has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas State University and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Sul Ross State University. She is also a Lockhart High School alumna.

“Solid campus leadership is incredibly important to the success of our students and staff,” said Superintendent Estrada. “For this reason, the district is very thoughtful and intentional about hiring for these leadership roles. We are proud of our newest campus promotions and additions.”

District Announcements
Lockhart Independent School District announced several district and campus leadership changes as the district prepares for the 2018-2019 school year.

At the district administration level, Superintendent Mark Estrada announced the promotion of  Christina Courson to executive director of communications and community services. Courson joined LISD as the public information officer in October 2016. As a member of the superintendent’s cabinet, she implemented a comprehensive communication program for the school district and has worked to cultivate community relations. 

With the promotion, Courson continues these responsibilities and now additionally supervises the community education department, led by Director of Community Education Karla Tate, responsible for the Cub House Child Development Center, Kids’ Club After School Program, district summer camp offerings, and community education classes.

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 the Bill Munday School of Business at St. Edward’s University in Austin. She is a member of the Texas School Public Relations Association, National School Public Relations Association, and Texas Association of School Administrators.


Michelle Wylie was promoted from accountant to director of finance in LISD’s business and finance department. Wylie began her career in LISD in 1990 as a  community education teacher. During her 28 years with the district, she has held increasing roles of responsibility, including teaching business education at Lockhart High School, where she coached a student to a gold medal in accounting at the UIL Academic State Meet in 2000, serving as project director of a countywide federally-funded program, and most recently working as accountant in the administration office.

As director of finance, Wylie is second-in-command to the chief financial officer, providing support by overseeing payroll, benefits, Teacher Retirement System of Texas reporting, district investments, and campus support of business best practices. She is a member of the district’s leadership team.

Wylie has a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University. She is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and Texas Association of School Business Officials, through which she became a  Certified Texas School Business Official.

Cristina Vázquez has been promoted to director of bilingual/ESL/federal programs as of July 1. Vázquez was hired in October 2016 as the coordinator of bilingual programs for the school district. As a key member of the curriculum and instruction department and member of the district leadership team, Vázquez enhanced bilingual services to LISD students to boost student achievement. Under her leadership and in partnership with campus leaders and teachers, students in bilingual programs demonstrated significant growth in reading and math STAAR progress scores across the district.

Vázquez is now positioned to have a larger impact on serving students and providing leadership as a director for bilingual, ESL programs, and federal programs.

Vázquez has a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in Business Management and a Master of Education in Elementary Education from Southwest Texas State University. She also completed an administrator's program for mid-management from Stephen F. Austin State University. She is a member of the National Association for Bilingual Education.

Brande Sifuentes has been promoted to accounts payable specialist in the business and finance department at central office, responsible for the payment of accounts payable bills, posting of campus expenditures as well as processing and closing purchase orders for the school district.

Sifuentes joined LISD in February 2012 as head secretary at Lockhart High School. Her experience at the campus provides her a strong foundation of understanding of business needs and operations at the campus level, serving her well in her new role at the administration office.

Sifuentes, also a Lockhart alumna, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Computer Information Systems from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.

In the school district’s technology department, Lockhart ISD announces the promotion of Paul Hodge as its new network administrator for the technology department. In this role, Paul is responsible for network physical and virtual servers, overseeing backup procedures, managing switches and routers, and performing firmware upgrades for all network devices.

Upon graduating from Lockhart High School, Paul joined LISD. His expertise in technology secured Hodge a computer field technician position with the district’s technology department in 2015. In 2017, he was promoted to network technician, responsible for network cameras, wireless access points, network phone system, projectors, and door access systems. His contributions have been critical in the growth and development of the technology capabilities of the district for both students and staff.

Paul’s passion has always been in technology and the challenge of problem solving, and he continues to grow his knowledge mentoring from Robert Stubbs,  the district’s technology coordinator. As a graduate of LISD, he will always want the best for the district. He is currently working to obtain technology certifications.

Crystal Flores has been hired as purchasing specialist in the business and finance department. In this role, she will assist the purchasing manager to determine the best value of all school district purchases, enter purchase orders, and helping with textbook inventory and district auctions.

Flores joined LISD in October 2017 as a sub for the administration office. While serving in this capacity, she made valuable contributions that paved the way to her selection as purchasing specialist. Flores attended Lockhart High School and later studied medical billing and coding at Southern Careers Institute.

“It is a point of pride to see many within Lockhart ISD promoted to positions with increasing responsibility,” noted Superintendent Estrada. “We are proud they have demonstrated they are willing to rise to the next challenge by embracing growth opportunities and continuing to build a legacy of excellence for our students and staff.”

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