The beginning of the 2015-2016 school year is officially underway, and so are the tenures of numerous administrators across the district.
“We were fortunate to receive impressive applicant pools for these key positions,” Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brad Lancaster said. “These individuals bring with them impressive professional credentials and a proven record of success which will serve our students and staff well.”
Mary Patin – Deputy Superintendent
Ms. Patin began her career in Louisiana where she served as an elementary and Gifted and Talented program teacher for seven years. She then moved to the Richardson school district in Texas where she taught in the GT program and served as an assistant principal. Ms. Patin then served as an elementary assistant principal and principal followed by curriculum coordinator, Director of Curriculum, and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, all at the Allen Independent School District in north Dallas. Additionally, Ms. Patin has served as Deputy Superintendent for both the Allen and McKinney school districts. For the past two years, she has served as Director of Professional Services for Amplify Education, an education technology company which provides digital curriculum, instructional tools, data analytics and assessment to the K-12 market. Ms. Patin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and a Master of Arts degree in Gifted Education from Columbia University in New York. She has completed superintendent certification and is near completion on a Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. Ms. Patin will assist Dr. Lancaster with the day-to-day operations of the school district. She replaces Dr. Chris Allen who named Superintendent of the Marble Falls school district in July.
Dr. Janis Jordan – Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
A native of Houston, Dr. Jordan possesses more than 24 years of experience in public education. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina, and a Doctorate of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. Dr. Jordan began her professional career as a high school English teacher at Katy High School. She then taught at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station before moving to South Carolina where she served as a teacher and assistant principal at Swansea High School in the Lexington School District 4. After serving as adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Jordan returned to Texas and worked in the Victoria school district as Curriculum Development Coordinator and later as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She moved to Corpus Christi where she served as Executive Director of Curriculum, and most recently, as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, a position she has held since 2007. Dr. Jordan will have oversight of the district’s curriculum; technology services; professional development for teachers and support staff; instructional materials; special education services; child development services; prekindergarten and bilingual programs; and counseling, health care and social services.
She replaces Becky Burnett who was named principal of Clifton High School northwest of Waco in the spring.