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Killeen ISD appoints three new principals

Posted at 11:40 AM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 12:40:38-04

KILLEEN, TX — Killeen ISD has named three new principals.

Killeen ISD Superintendent Dr. John Craft appointed three veteran educators to Principalship.

Jennifer Carranza will take over as principal of Clifton Park Elementary school. Carranza was named interim Principal after Catherine Snyder retired in December. She is familiar with the families and staff at Clifton Park Elementary school as she has been the Assistant Principal there since 2010.

Carranza is a product of Killeen ISD and has continued to embrace the community and district throughout her 25-year career. Carranza has her master’s degree in Educational Administration from Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

Carranza has made it her life’s work to grow children to become lifelong learners.

The new Trimmier Principal is a 16-year veteran of the district. Beckie Avery is currently the Assistant Principal at Saegert Elementary, her home since 2013. She will succeed Penny Batts who retired in February.

She began her educational career in 1994 as an Aide before becoming an ESL teacher, and then a Literacy Coach for Killeen ISD. Avery has an inherent love for children and takes pride in being an innovative and supportive leader.

Avery has her master’s degree in Education Administration from Tarleton State University.

Avery will begin serving as the Principal of Trimmier Elementary School beginning Monday May 11, 2020.

Donna Hardy will succeed Joyce Lauer as Principal of Fowler Elementary School for the upcoming school year.

For the past 14 years she has dedicated her career to primary education in Killeen ISD working at Clarke, Haynes and most recently Fowler Elementary as Assistant Principal. Her pre-established leadership role on the campus will allow for a smooth transition for both families and staff.

Hardy has mentored numerous KISD teachers and served as a district presenter for math standards.

Hardy has her master’s degree in Education Administration from Texas A&M Central Texas in Killeen.