Principal (Interim)

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✔ Undergraduate degree, East Texas State University ✔ Graduate degree, Texas A&M University ✔ Superintendent's Certification, University of North Texas

Jacob Perry, M.Ed.

 

WISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth named Mr. Jacob Perry, Interim Principal of Waxahachie High School. He will fill the position of Mrs. Tonya Harris vacated when she was named the lone finalist for Superintendent of Itasca ISD.

 

Perry holds a bachelor's degree from East Texas Baptist University, a master's degree from Texas A&M-Commerce, and his Superintendent's Certificate from the University of North Texas.

 

Before accepting this assignment, Mr. Perry served as the Director of Student and Campus Services for WISD. He has been in education for 23 years, 15 of those at WISD. His career has given him experience as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Facilities and Operations, and Assistant Superintendent.

 

"Mr. Perry has vast experience at both the administrative and campus level. We appreciate Mr. Perry lending his talents to guiding WHS during this time of transition," said Dr. Hollingsworth, Superintendent of Waxahachie ISD. We will miss Mr. Perry at Central Administration, but I am confident that the students and staff of WHS are in capable hands.”

 

Mr. Perry has been married to his wife, Amy, for 22 years, and they have three sons: Caleb (WHS' 22), Chance (WHS' 24), and Colt (eighth grade). "I'm looking forward to working with students and their families and the staff at WHS," said Perry. We have a lot to accomplish before the end of the school year, and I am excited to see what the future holds!"

 

Waxahachie ISD will begin the hiring process for a new WHS principal in the coming weeks.

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Assistant Principals (by Alpha House)

      A - Cha

      Phone: (972) 923-4600 x21026

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      Degrees and Certifications:

      ✔ Associate's degree, Liberal Arts, San Antonio College ✔ Undergraduate degree, General Studies in Sociology & Government, Texas Woman's University ✔ Graduate degree, Educational Technology Leadership, Lamar University ✔ Administrator Certification ✔ Certifications in Principal EC-12, Generalist 4-8, Social Studies Composite 8-12, History 8-12, ESL Supplemental 4-12 ✔ Nationally Certified STEM Educator

      Jennifer Burkhalter-Foley, M.Ed.

       

      As a proud 1996 graduate and WISD parent, I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the WHS leadership team as an assistant principal to serve the students, teachers, staff, parents, and the community I love.

       

      My transition into the role of assistant principal came after spending four years teaching 9th-grade World Geography and AP Human Geography in the WHS Social Studies Department and coaching WHS Cheerleading for two years. This year will be my 13th year in education with Waxahachie ISD. Previously, I held positions with Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC, as well as with the United States Air Force Educational Services at Hill AFB, Utah.

       

      I am grateful to be married to the love of my life, best friend, and biggest supporter, Jonathan. My daughter, Ally, is a 2019 graduate of WHS, and my son, Jackson, is a 2023 graduate of WHS. My step-daughter, Payton, is a 2022 graduate of WHS, and my step-son, Ean, is a current student at WHS. Being able to serve on the same campus where my family attends/attended has brought me joy beyond measure.

       

      My experience as an alumna, parent, teacher, volunteer, and now administrator for WISD has given me insight into the values that WISD and WHS hold dear. I will strive daily to support WISD’s core values: Choices, Collaboration, Belonging, and Community. 

      Che - Gar

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      Gas - Koz

      Phone: (972) 923-4600 x21022

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      ✔ Undergraduate degree, Millsaps College ✔ Graduate degree, SMU ✔ Graduate degree, UT Tyler

      Eric McCarty, M.Ed.

       

      Eric McCarty currently serves as Assistant Principal at Waxahachie High School. He has also served as Secondary English Language Arts and Reading Coordinator at WISD and as an English teacher in another district. Mr. McCarty is an alum of South Grand Prairie High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where he holds records for receptions and receiving touchdowns. As a senior, his team ranked #3 nationally for DIII football. He also earned graduate degrees from SMU and UT Tyler.

       

      Mr. McCarty married into a family of educators. His wife, who recommended that he teach for years, teaches English and doubles as an instructional coach. His sister-in-law is an educator of students with special needs, and his mother and father-in-law are professors at Grambling State University. He and his wife have two children who attend WISD.

       

      Mr. Mccarty teaches students how to communicate and problem-solve and coaches teachers to partner in their growth.  His mission is to make a difference in people's lives by valuing their voices, raising their expectations, and bringing together educators who are committed to excellence.

      Kr - Or

      Phone: (972) 923-4600 x21024

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      Degrees and Certifications:

      ✔ Undergraduate degree, Kinesiology, Tarleton State ✔ Graduate degree, Education, UTA

      Blake Harrison, M.Ed.

       

      Blake Harrison is a Waxahachie graduate and serves as Assistant Principal at Waxahachie High School. Mr. Harrison has served WISD for over a decade. He received his degree in Kinesiology from Tarleton State University and a Master's in Education from The University of Texas at Arlington. He and his wife, Callie, have two children, Harper and Ford.

      Os - Sha

      Phone: (972) 923-4600 x21025

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      Degrees and Certifications:

      ✔ Undergraduate degree, Biology with Chemistry minor, University of North Texas ✔ Graduate degree, Secondary Education, Grand Canyon University ✔ Administrator's Certification, Lamar University

      Tony Escoto, M.Ed.

       

      I am honored to serve as Assistant Principal at Waxahachie High School. I look forward to working with students, parents, teachers, and community members.

       

      I grew up in Houston, attending Northbrook High School in Spring Branch ISD. After high school, I attended the University of North Texas (Go Mean Green!) and earned a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I earned my master's degree in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University and completed my Administrator's Certification through Lamar University. I began my teaching career in Carrollton-Farmers Branch as a science teacher and continue my teaching career in Lewisville ISD. I began my role as Assistant Principal in Lewisville ISD and continued in Frisco ISD.

       

      My family is Waxahachie proud, and we love being part of Waxahachie ISD! My family consists of Casey, a WISD teacher, and my children, Ethan and Emma. We enjoy spending time with family, watching Ethan play football, and Emma in her dance classes.

      She - Z

      Phone: (972) 923-4600 x21034

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      Degrees and Certifications:

      ✔ Undergraduate degree, Interdisciplinary Studies, the University of Texas at Arlington ✔ Graduate degree, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Texas at Arlington ✔ Certifications in Math, Science, Social Studies, ELAR, Para & Principal

      Stephanie Rieper, M.Ed.

       

      As a long-time resident of Waxahachie and a proud graduate of Waxahachie High School (’89), I am excited to serve the students, teachers, parents, and community as assistant principal on my home campus.

       

      I am blessed daily by our students and staff; their talents and passions fuel my desire to see them succeed in all that they pursue and inspire me to continually grow to be a better educator. I love my students, and each year, I strive to empower them to become the best version of themselves.

       

      I am a fourth-generation educator with a unique background as a paraprofessional, then a classroom teacher with 26 years of diverse experiences in education — the last 17 of those with WISD teaching algebra, geometry, and 8th-grade math. I am certified for math grades 8-12, math, science, social studies, and English language arts grades 4-8, paraprofessional and principal certified.

       

      I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Trey, for 32 years. Our oldest daughter lives in North Carolina, working for UNC Chapel Hill as a Public Relations & Internal Communications Director. Our youngest daughter, now a fifth-generation educator, is teaching First Grade at Northside Elementary. We have been blessed to see our children grow up in our hometown and graduate from our incredible alma mater.

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