On March 1, the Little Elm ISD announced two new principals within the district.
Kelly Hastings was announced as the principal of Lowell H. Strike Middle School. Kori Werth was the new principal of Oak Point Elementary.
Hastings has served as the principal of Young Junior High School in Arlington ISD for the past seven years. Prior to becoming a principal, Hastings served as an assistant principal at Martin High School in Arlington ISD and at Icenhower Intermediate School in Mansfield ISD. Prior to her time as an administrator, Hastings spent many years as a classroom teacher.
“We are excited to have Ms. Hastings join the Little Elm ISD family. She is a strong instructional leader who brings years of experience. Her experience as a principal includes being selected for both the Harvard and Holdsworth Leadership Academies,” said Daniel Gallagher, superintendent. “Ms. Hastings will undoubtedly make a positive impact on our students and teachers at Strike Middle School. She is a difference maker in terms of changing the lives of those around her. We are looking forward to having her serve the Little Elm ISD community.”
Hastings attended college at the University of Texas at Arlington where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree. She is currently writing her dissertation to earn a doctorate in Educational Leadership through Walden University.
“I appreciate that the world is changing and understand we need to change with it,” said Hastings. “We need to educate students for a world none of us know, so teaching students to think and to work well with others is our number one job. I seek to be an educator from which my grandchildren can benefit.”
Hastings will join Kelley Carr at Lakeside Middle School as a co-principal in July 2019 prior to her role as principal of Strike Middle School, which will open in August of 2020.
Werth has served in a variety of roles in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD including four years as the principal of Elkins Elementary, five years as an assistant principal. Prior to her role as an administrator, she served for several years as a classroom teacher.
“I am very excited to be joining the Little Elm family and am looking forward to joining Oak Point Elementary and getting to know the students, staff, and families within the Little Elm ISD community,” Werth said.
Werth graduated from Texas Christian University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education with an Early Childhood emphasis. She received her Master’s in Education Administration from the University of North Texas in 2009.
“I am excited to welcome Ms. Werth to Little Elm ISD. She will be a great addition to Oak Point Elementary,” Gallagher said. “She has an incredible focus on building campus culture, creating an environment centered around student-learning, and she is a strong instructional leader who will bring so much energy to that campus.”
Werth will begin her new role in July.