New start for campus leadership

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The start of the 2015-2016 school year also marks the beginning of key leadership roles at several LTISD campuses, including two principals and four assistant principals.

”These were very important decisions for us,” Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brad Lancaster said.  “I want to thank the members of each interview committee for their time and participation.  This is a great opportunity for staff to work in tandem with its new leadership to define common goals and objectives that will best serve students as well as strengthen school-community partnerships and parental involvement.”

Dr. Paula Contreras – Principal, Lake Pointe Elementary School

Dr. Contreras possesses more than 16 years of experience in public education.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, Masters of Arts in Education degree, and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina.  Dr. Contreras began her career in education as a teacher assistant in the Onslow County School System in Jacksonville, North Carolina.  Dr. Contreras has taught fourth and fifth grades in North Carolina as well as in the Cypress-Fairbanks school district in Houston.  After nine years as a teacher assistant and classroom teacher, she assumed her first position in school administration as assistant principal of Queens Creek Elementary School in the Onslow County School System.  Dr. Contreras later served as interim principal for one year before being named to her most recent role as principal of Blue Creek Elementary in 2013.  Dr. Contreras replaces Heidi Gudelman who retired at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

Jodie Villemaire – Principal, Lake Travis Middle School

Ms. Villemaire possesses more than 20 years of experience in public education.  She earned both a Bachelor’s degree in English/Elementary Education and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Ms. Villemaire began her career in public education as a teacher in the Mansfield school district.  After 10 years in the classroom, she assumed her first position in school administration as assistant principal of Anderson Elementary in Mansfield.  From 2007-2010, Ms. Villemaire served as assistant principal of Lake Travis Elementary School.  When she arrived at LTE, the campus was rated Academically Acceptable by the Texas Education Agency.  Three years later, Lake Travis Elementary received an Exemplary rating.  Ms. Villemaire also served as lead summer school principal for Hudson Bend Middle School and Lake Travis Elementary School during her time at LTISD.  Most recently, she served as principal of Eanes Elementary School, and during her tenure, led the professional learning community process at her campus, piloted a more rigorous teacher evaluation system and implemented a one-to-one technology environment for her students and staff.   Ms. Villemaire replaces Dr. Joe Kopec who served as interim principal throughout the 2014- 2015 school year.

Ann Goldman – Assistant Principal, Lake Pointe Elementary School

Ms. Goldman began her career in public education in 2002 as a teacher and coach at Memorial High School in Victoria, TX.  She later served in the same capacities at Terry High School in the Lamar Consolidated school district.  Ms. Goldman joined Lake Travis ISD in 2008 as department head of special services and sponsor at Hudson Bend Middle School.  Most recently, she served as coordinator of special services, a position she held since 2013.  During that time, Ms. Goldman served as head of delegations for LTISD Special Olympics, managed the district’s assistive technology and adapted physical education programs, and supervised special education counseling services.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness Promotion from Texas State University and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University.

Amanda Prehn – Assistant Principal, Serene Hills Elementary School

Ms. Prehn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science degree in Education and Teaching from Schreiner University.  She began her career in public education in 2003 as a fifth-grade teacher at Horne Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks school district.  A year later, Ms. Prehn joined the Leander school district and served in several capacities including fifth-grade teacher at Laura Bush Elementary School, assistant principal at Steiner Ranch Elementary School, and most recently, assistant principal at River Ridge Elementary School.

Kevin Malandruccolo – Assistant Principal, Hudson Bend Middle School

Mr. Malandruccolo began his career in public education in 2002 as a science teacher/coach at Paredes Middle School in the Austin school district.  Two years later, he joined the Hays Consolidated school district and served in numerous capacities including teacher/coach at Lehman High School and science teacher/athletic coordinator, most recently, assistant principal at Wallace Middle School.  In 2010, Mr. Malandruccolo served as summer school principal at Chapa Middle School.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Texas and a Master in Educational Leadership degree from Texas State University.

Jennifer Sanders – Assistant Principal, Lake Travis Middle School

Ms. Sanders earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Texas Christian University and a Master’s in Educational Administration degree from Concordia University.  She began her career in public education in 1991 as an English/Reading teacher at Hurst Junior High School in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district near Dallas.  A year later, Ms. Sanders taught humanities and social studies at the Scottsdale Unified Schools in Arizona.  After brief stops in Ohio as a teacher and youth director, Ms. Sanders returned to Texas and served as an English teacher, English department chair and instructional coach in the Round Rock school district.  She later served as assistant principal at Wiley Middle School in the Leander school district, and most recently, as associate principal in the Marble Falls Independent School District.