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Kerrville ISD

New Principals Hired for Nimitz and Tally Elementary Schools

Superintendent Dan Troxell, Ph.D., and the Board of Trustees of the Kerrville Independent School District have announced the filling of two elementary principal positions.

 Wendy Tiemann was named Principal at Nimitz Elementary School

 For the past year Tiemann served as assistant principal at Hal Peterson Middle School in the Kerrville Independent School District. Previously she worked in the McKinney Independent School District, where she was a teacher, assistant principal, and principal over the course of 12 years. Tiemann also taught in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Waller, Texas.

Tiemann is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Sam Houston State University, with a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Texas A&M University.

She replaces Wade Ivy who was named Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Human Resources.

Holly Jones will become Principal at Tally Elementary School

Jones comes to Kerrville from the Tomball Independent School District, where she served as assistant principal and principal of Lakewood Elementary since 1999.  Prior to that she held teaching and administrative positions in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.

Jones earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Abilene Christian University, and received her M. Ed. with Mid-Management Certification from Sul Ross State University.

She replaces Buck Thompson who will retire at the end of this school year.

According to Dr. Troxell, the candidate pool consisted of over 60 applicants. The top five finalists were each interviewed by campus committees consisting of two teachers, a paraprofessional, and a parent from each campus; along with a principal and Central Office staff members.

“We are overjoyed to attract this caliber of candidate,” Dr. Troxell said. “We are excited to have these professionals as part of the district.”

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Hill Country High School

Living a Dream

Hill Country High School has a goal of preparing at risk students for productive work lives.  Everything that happens at the school is geared towards helping students formulate a dream and work toward that dream acquiring the tools that young people need to be successful.  Students must go through an interview to apply and must come with reasons why they think they would be successful at Hill Country High School.  Once accepted the “school to work” atmosphere sets in.  The students are formally introduced to each teacher with business handshakes and instructed in the use of the time clock.  They are instructed in the use of the time folders where each one keeps track of their progress and the credits they must earn to graduate.  The students negotiate with teachers to decide what to study and how to structure the day.  

Much of the formal teaching of the business world comes from the English curriculum that includes the Interview and Resume unit, but in actuality it is going on every day.  Every teacher is reinforcing the curriculum taught with real life applications.  Students who have gone through difficult times sometimes have trouble with “soft skills” like self-esteem, motivation, persistence, and self control.  These skills are woven in the curriculum through Tuesday Talks when the principal Mr. Steve Schwarz visits with all the students about what is going on at Hill Country High School and how attendance, persistence, and giving back are the skills that will help students become productive adults.  It is not uncommon to find a teacher talking quietly to a student about something going on in that student’s life.  The counselor is available to talk whenever necessary and drops everything to deal with a crisis.  Learning to resolve these personal problems in a positive way is a skill that every student needs.  Students are challenged to ask questions and to think creatively.   What do you know? How could you interpret this differently?   They are reminded that high school is just a step in the learning process.  This is not, however, the last step in their education. 

Many students have limited knowledge regarding postsecondary education.  Part of the curriculum is learning to research colleges/certification programs online, applying for student aid, and attending field trips to colleges, as well as technical and trade schools.  High school students are often surprised that the college students they see in the classes are like them.  Students begin to see that the learning style of teaching yourself at Hill Country High School is what successful college student’s master.  Hill Country High School students begin to believe in the dream of a college or a technical school degree. 

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Starkey Elementary School

"Have a Heart, Be a Part"

February is a month for valentines and love!  Unfortunately, some children are in situations where they do not feel the love and caring that most children experience.  Recently, the Starkey Ambassador Council reached out to show these children that they are thought about and cared for during this season of love.

As a service project called “Have a Heart, Be a Part”, the Starkey Ambassador Council (4th and 5th grade student leaders) held a drive to encourage Starkey students to donate “gently used” stuffed animals and books.  By the end of the drive, four large boxes were filled with books and stuffed animals.  These items were presented to Chuck Brundrett, Program Director of K’STAR, to be given to children in the shelter or used in their counseling program.

Each year the Starkey Ambassador Council is involved in a service project that aids either an individual child or a group of children:  raising money to purchase a gas card for a former Starkey family with large medical expenses, walking in the Relay for Life, and making Christmas cards to be sent to soldiers in Iraq, to name a few.

These young people are learning firsthand how rich their own lives can become through service to others in the community.


Shown accepting donations of stuffed animals and books from the Starkey Ambassador Council is Chuck Brundrett, Program Director of K’STAR Youth and Family Services.  Also pictured are Ambassador Council sponsors Kate Allen and Kali Brandt.

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Tivy High School

Mock Trial Team Continues Two Decades of Success

On March 2 and 3, the Tivy Mock Trial team traveled to Dallas to compete in the state Mock Trial competition. Under the direction of teachers Becky Likin and Leigh Cockrill, Tivy placed eighth out of twenty-four participating teams. This trip to state marks the twentieth appearance within the past twenty-five years of competition.

“The kids did amazing this year.  It was a rebuilding year, with nine out of the twelve spots open for the team at tryouts.  And just making it in the top ten in state is a big deal because the only thing that kept us out of the top four teams was a subjective score of 598 out of 600 total points from six judges. So the top ten teams were only separated by a total of two points out of four rounds of twelve judges,” sponsor and teacher Becky Likin said.

Mock trial team members include Melissa Munoz, Kristen Gonzales, Nicole Moody, Miriam Felps, PJ Bowie, Paxton Thedford, Blake Wampler, Jeremy Bunch, Stephen Berg, Gage Arbogast, Gus Arbogast, and Matthew Maupin.

Several team members were recognized with specific awards over the course of their season. These awards include Nicole Moody as “Outstanding Advocate” at the state competition, Paxton Thedford as “Outstanding Advocate” and Gus Arbogast as “Outstanding Witness” at the regional competition.

“The kids have learned so much and come so far! Just being in Mock Trial helps prepare them for a variety of future careers with valuable skills such as critical thinking, inductive reasoning, public speaking, and thinking on their feet,” Becky Likin said.

For more information on the Mock Trial program, contact Becky Likin at Tivy High School, (830) 257-2212.

Pictured front row left to right: Sponsor Becky Likin, Miriam Felps, Kristen Gonzales, Nicole Moody, Melissa Munoz, Gus Arbogast. Back row left to right: Stephen Berg, County Attorney Robert Henneke, Matthew Maupin, Gage Arbogast, Blake Wampler, Jeremy Bunch, PJ Bowie, Paxton Thedford, Sponsor Leigh Cockrill.