LISD names new Highland Village Elementary principal

Lewisville ISD announced Wednesday the appointment of Leslye Mitchell as the new principal of Highland Village Elementary beginning the 2014-2015 school year. She is succeeding Shawna Miller, who was recently named LISD’s Director of Professional Learning.

“I am honored to receive the opportunity to work with the students, staff and parents of Highland Village Elementary,” Mitchell said. “I am looking forward to being a part of a campus that is committed to LISD’s Strategic Design goals, mission and vision. I am very excited about building new relationships and making a positive impact on many people.”

Mitchell currently serves as an Assistant Principal at Morningside Elementary, where she has been since 2008 and helped implement Project-Based Learning (PBL) opportunities and authentic learning activities for students. Additionally, Mitchell’s various leadership roles include: LISD’s East Zone Digital Portfolio Committee; Lewisville Future Principal Academy; Response to Intervention (RtI) Chair; 504 Coordinator; STAAR/TAKS/TELPAS Testing Coordinator; and Safe and Civil Schools Team Leader.

She began her career with LISD in 1998 as an Elementary Counselor at Morningside. Prior to joining LISD, Mitchell served as 5th-grade Social Studies teacher at Jackson Elementary in Abilene Independent School District from 1994-1998, and a Physical Education teacher there from 1987-1994.

“Mrs. Mitchell’s leadership experience and expertise will be a wonderful addition to Highland Village Elementary,” LISD West Zone Leader Rhonda Godbey said. “She will enrich experiences for teachers who already lead the way with 21st century learning, while also ensuring students and parents are increasingly engaged at Highland Village Elementary.”

Mitchel is a graduate of Abilene Christian University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Masters of Education in School Counseling. She also received her Masters of Education in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. Mitchell and her husband David live in McKinney with their two boys: Thomas, 13 and Matthew, 8.


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