The Mesquite ISD school board approved the contracts for eight new assistant principals during their regular meeting Monday. With their contracts approved, Suzanne Langston, Nakisha Cluff, Jennifer Keltner, Gabriel Luna, Terry Riley, Ashly Cochran, Shane Jensen, Matthew Besherse, Kelley Prewitt and John McCutcheon will join the district’s administrative team under the direction of Superintendent David Vroonland, who was also officially hired Monday.
Langston is the new assistant principal at McKenzie Elementary. She has been with MISD for her entire six-year career. Langston has worked at all three educational levels within the district, with stints at Agnew Middle School and West Mesquite High School as an ELA / reading teacher. She is currently at Price Elementary as a fourth-grade teacher. Langston received her bachelor’s from Abilene Christian University and her master’s from Texas A&M-Commerce.
Cluff is the new assistant principal at McWhorter Elementary School. She has been with MISD for all of her 13 years in education. Cluff has served at various grade levels at Gray Elementary and Mackey Elementary schools, and currently fills the testing coordinator role at Mackey. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas – San Antonio and her master’s from Lamar University.
Keltner is the new assistant principal at Moss Elementary School. She is an 11-year educator, with 10 years in the MISD. Keltner began her career as an elementary teacher in Dallas ISD, and then joined the staff at KEOM as a radio/broadcasting instructor and production manager. She then moved to Florence Elementary School as a fourth-grade teacher, where she became an instructional specialist. Keltner currently serves as testing coordinator at Moss Elementary School. She received her bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University and master’s from Texas A&M-Commerce.
Luna is the new assistant principal at Shaw Elementary. He has spent his entire four-year career with the district as a fourth-grade and acceleration teacher at Floyd Elementary School. Luna also served as an instructional and executive assistant in the Richardson ISD, before becoming a teacher in 2011. He received his bachelor’s from the University of North Texas and his master’s from Texas A&M-Commerce.
Riley is the new assistant principal at Berry Middle School. He is a five-year educator, with his entire career being spent as an English teacher at A.C. New Middle School. Prior to entering the teaching profession, he served as health coordinator in the HeadStart program and as a graduate assistant at Stephen F. Austin. Riley obtained both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stephen F. Austin.
Cochran and Jenson were both hired as assistant principals at Horn High School. Cochran is a seven-year educator, with three years of service in the MISD. The first four years of her career was spent as an English teacher at Skyline High School, with the last three as an English teacher and instructional coach at Horn High School. Cochran received her bachelor’s from Oklahoma City University, masters from Oklahoma University, teacher certification through Texas A&M-Commerce and principal certification through Lamar University.
Jensen has spent his entire 11-year career with the district. He began as a social studies teacher at the MISD Learning Center and has served the last nine years as a history teacher and coach at A.C. New Middle School. Jensen received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas and his master’s from Lamar University.
Besherse is the new assistant principal at A.C. New Middle School. He has spent three of his eight years in education with the MISD. He served for five years as a business teacher and coach in the Mabank ISD, with the last three as a technology teacher at Agnew Middle School. Besherse is a graduate of West Mesquite High School, and he obtained his bachelors from Amberton University, teacher certification through Texas A&M-Commerce and principal certification through Stephen F Austin.
Prewitt is the new assistant principal at Terry Middle School. She is a West Mesquite High School graduate, and has spent 19 of her 22 years in education with MISD. Prewitt has served as a middle school teacher at McDonald Middle School, AVID teacher and director at North Mesquite High School, at-risk coordinator and currently as a middle school assistant principal in Sunnyvale ISD. Prewitt received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas A&M-Commerce.
McCutcheon is the new assistant principal at West Mesquite High School. He began his 11-year career as a history teacher and tennis coach with the Lancaster ISD. McCutcheon is currently completing nine years at North Mesquite High School, where he has served a history teacher and AVID instructor. He received his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and his master’s from Southern Methodist University.