GHS Principal Accepts Move to District Leadership Role
Shannon Tovar has accepted the open position of Director of Continuous Improvement and Accountability for GCISD. Tovar, who has served the past three years as principal at Grapevine High School, will take over the job previously held by Dr. Gayle Smith, who left GCISD in March to join Garland ISD. This is not a new administrative position.
“While I did not anticipate leaving Grapevine High School after just three years, I was very intrigued by this opportunity when it became available,” Tovar said in a letter to parents. “Helping all students identify, measure, and exceed their academic goals is an area I am passionate about, and so I am excited about the opportunity to work in role that supports student success at every grade level.”
Tovar will continue as GHS principal through the end of the school year and will participate in graduation ceremonies for the GHS Class of 2015. She begins her duties at administration on July 1.
District leaders are already in the process of conducting a thorough search for the right leader for GHS, with the intention of having a new principal in place prior to the start of the 2015-2016 school year. The selection process will include input from parents, teachers, and staff.
Under her leadership, GHS has continued its tradition of academic excellence and high student achievement. The school is routinely honored for high performance in academics, fine arts and athletics; is home to eight National Merit Finalists for 2015, multiple state champions and one Rhodes Scholar; and has been recognized consistently in the list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranked by The Washington Post.
As Director of Continuous Improvement and Accountability, Tovar’s primary focus will be to ensure continuous improvement of programs aimed at increasing education and employment opportunities after high school for all students. She will work to ensure the district’s instructional programs provide advanced curriculum, differentiated strategies to reach all students, and 21st Century learning that supports the district’s LEAD 2021 strategic plan and Portrait of a Graduate.
“Mrs. Tovar has done amazing work at GHS and will be a tremendous asset to all of our campuses as we continue our work with LEAD 2021,” said Dr. Rick Westfall, GCISD Chief Learning Officer. “I know she is excited about finishing a great year at GHS and we are looking forward to having her make a positive impact for all students across the district.”