New WO-C Administrative /Campus Leaders will support District
Directors, Principals, and Coordinators will welcome students and
their families for the 2011-2012 West Orange – Cove CISD academic
school year as a result of increased instructional support at the
central office and campus level.
“The District has
experienced a great amount of change in a short amount of time. One
of our major goals through these events has been to be stronger and
to strengthen our leadership teams,” Superintendent James Colbert
“We have spent a
tremendous amount of time searching for individuals who can lead our
transformation as we strive to become an academically recognized --
and then exemplary --school district. This team will provide
exceptional service to our students. They are intrinsically
motivated to assist our district in achieving our goals and vision,”
Silvia Martinez is the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and
Instruction. Most recently, she served as a Principal in the Dallas
School District. She has administrative experience at urban and at
suburban schools and holds Doctorate and Master’s Degrees in
Educational Administration. She also has Bachelor’s Degrees in
Political Science and Spanish.
“I am so excited
that Dr. Martinez is a part of the Executive Leadership Team, she
brings administrative experience from the elementary, middle school,
and high school level. She is well versed in all levels of
curriculum. We are already seeing the beneficial impact of her work
in her short time with the District,” Colbert said.
Goodwin, previously the WOCCISD Executive Director of Federal
Programs and Special Initiatives, is the Executive Director of Human
Resources. Goodwin has a strong background with the District in
administrative leadership, having previously served as Principal at
West Orange – Stark Middle School and Assistant Principal at
Anderson Elementary. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education
Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Arts and Science.
experience with the School District at various levels, especially as
a Principal, makes her well qualified to lead Human Resources. I
look forward to her continuing to bring talent to our school
district,” Colbert said.
Wayne Guidry will serve as the Director of Federal Programs,
Testing, & Accountability. He most recently served as a Principal in
the Hamshire-Fannett School District at a campus with Gold
Performance Acknowledgements in writing, mathematics, and science.
His Doctorate Degree is in Educational Leadership with
concentrations in Effective Schooling, Diversity/Multiculturism and
Higher Education. His Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees are in
Educational Leadership and History, respectively.
“Dr. Guidry is a
very experienced Principal of a recognized campus who is extremely
passionate about educating young people. I believe that he will be a
tremendous asset in supervising our federal programs while also
keeping us in compliance with state and federal guidelines. He will
also help us analyze our academic data to help improve student
performance,” Colbert said.
Brant Graham is the District’s Director of Special Education. He
holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership, with additional
degrees in Environmental Studies and Biology. He most
recently was an administrator within the Beaumont School System.
“Dr. Graham has extensive experience when dealing with all levels of
accountability and regulations. I am confident that his skill set
will be of great assistance in serving our special education
population while ensuring that we are in compliance with state and
Orange – Stark High School Football Coach and Alternative Education
Program (AEP) instructor Cornel Thompson is now the WOCCISD Athletic
Director/Head Football Coach. As Defensive Coordinator of the
Mustangs, Thompson has played an integral role in building the
winning traditions associated with the WO-S High School varsity
football team. Thompson has been an educator for 35 years and holds
a Master’s Degree in Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Health
and Physical Education.
“I am excited
about Coach Thompson taking on this position. In the short time that
I have known him, I have been very impressed with his thoroughness,
his attention to detail, and his high expectations for all adults
who come into contact with our student athletes. I am extremely
confident that he will not only maintain the values and traditions
that are embedded in our program; but that he will continue to help
our athletic programs move to the next level,” Colbert said.
Anderson, most recently an administrator at WO-S High School, will
serve as the Head of the District’s new grade six to 12 alternative
education program, the West Orange – Stark Academic Alternative
Center (AAC). Anderson also has experience as an administrator in
the Texas Youth Commission school system. He has a Master’s Degree
in Administration and Special Education, and a Bachelor’s Degree in
“Mr. Anderson has
a skill set that brings tremendous value to alternative education.
He has a philosophy that is very similar to mine in that the
alternative school is not a place to punish students, but a place to
regroup and restructure so that students can return to their regular
environment,” Colbert said.
The AAC is
located at the former Anderson Elementary campus and will open on
the first day of school of the 2011-2012 school year. It will serve
students who are removed from their main campus because of
“I am confident
that our AAC will be a tremendous asset for our reluctant learners
and assist them in graduating,” Colbert said.
leadership changes include:
Anthony Moten will be the Principal at West
Orange – Stark Middle School. Moten has served as an
administrator at several schools. Most recently, he served
at Esperanza “HOPE” Elementary School with Dallas ISD. He
has a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree
in Health and Physical Education.
Shannon Larson will be Principal at North
Early Learning Center. He has worked in the Vidor and
Beaumont School Districts. Most recently he was an
administrator at Vidor High School. He holds a Master’s
Degree in Counseling and Development from Lamar University.
His Bachelor’s Degree is in Spanish.
Rachel Stephens will serve as the WOCCISD
Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS)
Coordinator. In this new district position, Stephens will
work closely with campus and central administration staff in
all areas associated with monitoring, preparing, and
training for required state submissions. Stephens is a
graduate of California State University. Most recently, she
was the District’s Community Liaison.
Paul Thomas III, a 2001 Graduate of West
Orange – Stark High School, is the District’s Community
Liaison. Thomas holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and
Sciences from Tennessee State University. He recently worked
for Tennessee’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As the
District’s liaison, he will be working in the community with
students and their families to improve school attendance.
Jascelyn Tatum is the Coordinator of the 21st
Afterschool Centers on Education program. She holds a
Master’s Degree in Juvenile Forensic Psychology from Prairie
View A & M. Her experience includes counseling and work
with at-risk students in community youth programs.
will serve as Assistant Principal at WO-S Middle School.
Most recently she served as an Academic/Graduation Coach at
LaGrange High School. She has also worked in High Schools in
Dallas. She has been an educator since 2003. She holds a
Master’s Degree in Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in