Deeadra Brown Named Principal of Cardwell Career Preparatory Center
Deeadra Brown has been promoted from her current position of associate principal at MacArthur High School to principal of Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center, a school of choice in Irving ISD. Superintendent Jose L. Parra, Ed.D. made the announcement to district staff earlier today. She will begin transitioning to her new role immediately.
“Ms. Brown has a strong history of instructional leadership that has led to sustained data-driven success,” says Robert Abel, Irving ISD’s division director for high schools and alternative campuses. “Her collaborative approach to education has led to amazing teams working toward a common goal of increased student growth and performance. I am confident she will lead Cardwell in a way that pushes students to reach their full potential.”
Brown has worked in Irving ISD for the last two school years as a campus leader at MacArthur High School. Prior to Irving, she served DeSoto ISD from 1996 to 2012. She worked as a teacher and coach at DeSoto High School before serving as the school’s Dean of Students and as an assistant principal at the DeSoto High School Freshman Campus. Prior to her teaching and leadership positions in DeSoto, Brown taught and coached at Travis Middle School in Amarillo.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity and I look forward to serving the community and students of Irving,” says Brown.
At Cardwell Career Prep, students have the flexibility of a split schedule and can choose a customized academic program from number of career pathways. Approximately 450 students are accepted to attend Cardwell each year. The campus serves students who want to excel in a non-traditional high school setting, and those who attend Cardwell can also participate in career development programs offered at Irving ISD’s James A. Ratteree Career Development Center.
Brown holds an associate’s degree from South Plains Junior College, a bachelor’s degree from Cameron University and a Master of Education from Texas A&M, Commerce. She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Texas Association for Secondary School Principals and Delta Sigma Theta. She’s been nominated to Who’s Who Among High School Teachers and earned the Employee of the Year honor in 2009 for the DeSoto Freshman Campus.
Brown says she plans to work closely with former Cardwell principal Curtis Mauricio to build on the school’s success. In late May, Superintendent Parra announced that Mauricio, who had served as Cardwell’s principal since 2005, was the new principal of Nimitz High School.