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Northeast Times | July 3, 2022

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KISD Welcomes New Area Director Of Student Services, HES Principal, KLC Director

KISD Welcomes New Area Director Of Student Services, HES Principal, KLC Director

Keller ISD is excited to welcome a new Area Director of Student Services, a new principal for Heritage Elementary School, and a new director for the Keller Learning Center, all of whom will join the District in January 2019.

Joseph Baker will join Keller ISD as an Area Director of Student Services. Baker comes to KISD from Olathe Public Schools in Kansas where he has served as the Director/Principal of Alternative Education and At-Risk Programs for 12 years, and as a teacher in the program for 10 years.

Baker holds a Master of Arts in School Leadership from Baker University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from MidAmerica Nazarene University. He also plans to complete his Doctorate in Educational Leadership this spring.

“Keller ISD is looking forward to the leadership that Mr. Baker will bring to the District and to our Student Services Department as we continue to provide exceptional support for our campuses,” said KISD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Tommie Johnson.

Headshot of Edwina West-Dukes Heritage Elementary School Assistant Principal Edwina West-Dukes will step into the role of principal at HES. West-Dukes has served as the AP at Heritage this school year, after working as an assistant principal at Chisholm Trail Intermediate School since 2016. Prior to her time in KISD, West-Dukes held multiple leadership positions in Fort Worth ISD. She was an assistant principal at the elementary school level from 2012-16, and prior to that, was a literacy coach in FWISD from 2006-12. She began in Fort Worth ISD as a kindergarten teacher in 2003.

West-Dukes holds master’s degrees in Urban Affairs and Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Texas at Arlington. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Prairie View A&M.
“When you couple Mrs. West-Dukes’s relationship skills with her deep knowledge of elementary instruction, we are confident that Heritage Elementary will flourish under her leadership,” Johnson said.

Headshot of Jose Angel Lara Jose Angel Lara is joining Keller ISD as the director at the Keller Learning Center. He comes to the District from the International High School of Rugao Academy through Beijing Foreign Studies University. Prior to that, Lara worked in Crowley ISD where he served as a principal and Dean of Students from 2013-18, and in Dallas ISD where he was an assistant principal from 2012-13. Lara worked as a Bilingual Teacher in Crowley ISD and Fort Worth ISD before moving into educational administration.

Lara first entered the education workforce in 2009 after working in the private sectors and serving in the United States Army. He is pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University at Commerce, and holds a Master of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from LeTourneau University.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Lara to the Keller Learning Center where we feel his wealth of leadership experience will be a tremendous resource for teachers and staff as they help students succeed in Keller ISD’s New Directions High School and Disciplinary Alternative Education Program,” Johnson said.

Current Keller Learning Center Principal Chelsea Allison has taken an assistant principal position at Central High School.