Principal

Phone: (972) 923-4790

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Degrees and Certifications:

✅ Undergraduate degree, Psychology, John Brown University ✅ Graduate degree, Emporia State University ✅ Principal Program, Stephen F. Austin University

Rusty East, M.Ed.

 

Rusty East, a 1998 graduate of Waxahachie High School, has served as an administrator, teacher, and coach for almost 20 years.  Mr. East was named principal of Coleman Junior High in 2021.  Before that, he served the district as principal at Felty Elementary, as principal and assistant principal of Shackelford Elementary, and as assistant principal at Finley Junior High.  Mr. East began his career in 2004 at Clarendon College as Head Women's Basketball Coach and student activities director. In 2007, he was named Head Girl's Basketball Coach, Girl's Athletic Coordinator (2010-2014), and teacher at Burleson High School, before 1 year as Head Girl's Basketball Coach at Kemp High School in 2014. He returned home to teach and coach at Waxahachie High School before entering administration.

 

Mr. East holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from John Brown University ('03), a Master of Science degree from Emporia State University ('07), and completed the Principal Preparation Program from Stephen F. Austin University ('15). Additionally, he has served as a classroom teacher in the area of Special Education, Physical Education, and Technology Applications. He is a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) and the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).

 

Mr. East lives in Waxahachie and is married to Kourtney (WHS Class of 1999), who serves as an occupational therapist for WISD. They have 3 children; Hudson, Graham, and Charlotte. 

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Assistant Principals

      AP

      Phone: (972) 923-4790

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      Degrees and Certifications:

      ✅ Undergraduate degree, Child and Family Studies, Baylor University ✅ Graduate degree, Education, Texas Woman’s University ✅ Principal's Certification, Lamar University

      Aisha Mason, M.Ed.

       

      Aisha Mason has been in education for almost a decade. Her career began as a Fort Worth Teaching Fellow and transitioned to a teacher with Fort Worth ISD. During her time, she served as team lead and master teacher. She has taught at the elementary and middle school level. Under the reconstitution of five leadership schools, Aisha was selected to serve as one of the English Language Arts teachers. Within a year, all campuses met standards and made gains in reading and math. While there, Mason was known for her impact on increasing student achievement, modeling best instructional practices, building opportunities for positive school culture, and creating a culturally relevant classroom. While outside of the classroom, she spent her time as a participant in the Home Visit Project and Teaching Trust Committee for her campus.

       

      Aisha Mason graduated from Baylor University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies. She holds a Master of Education from Texas Woman’s University and a Principal’s Certification from Lamar University. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Aisha is married to Gary Mason Jr. who also serves in WISD. They are both proud Baylor Bears. She is humbled and truly excited to work alongside the amazing staff, students, and community of the Coleman Chiefs.

      A - L (alpha house)

      Phone: (972) 923-4790

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      Degrees and Certifications:

      ✅ Undergraduate degree, English Education ✅ Graduate degree, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

      Angela Strong, M.Ed.

       

      Angela Strong hails from Moss Point, MS, and now calls Waxahachie home. She has resided in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex since 2008. She is an educational leader, instructional coach, and collaborative visionary deeply rooted in student achievement, student and staff growth, and closing academic gaps. She thrives on efficiently propelling people forward, guided by her mission of operating in the spirit of excellence. Mrs. Strong is a lifelong learner, reflective practitioner, and thoughtful creator.

       

      With over a dozen years in education, Mrs. Strong has served as a student teacher, lead teacher, team lead, department chair, instructional coach, feedback-based mentor, assistant principal, and reading interventionist in high school and junior high capacities. 

       

      As a high school English teacher in Dallas ISD at Sunset High School, Mrs. Strong facilitated impactful instruction to achieve 100 percent passing on the 10th grade STAAR EOC, with 40 percent of students scoring Masters. As an instructional coach at Sunset, Mrs. Strong compassionately coached a team of 22 English teachers and 80 other core and elective content teachers. As a middle school assistant principal, she led the Dallas ISD Reading Department at Atwell Law Academy. At that time, Mrs. Strong collaborated with and coached teachers, empowered parents and students, and embodied the work of co-teaching and demonstrating lessons to grow the department from being the lowest-performing Reading Department in the network to become the number-one Reading Department. Although assigned to the Reading Department, Mrs. Strong worked with all contents and electives to promote shared success. As a united administrative team member at Atwell, Mrs. Strong assisted in transforming the school from an F to a B campus from Fall 2019 to Spring 2022. Many schools regressed during a worldwide pandemic and distance learning; alternatively, Atwell substantially progressed. Mrs. Strong transitioned to Waxahachie ISD at Finley Junior High as a Reading Interventionist. At Finley, Mrs. Strong guided and empowered students to achieve 83 percent growth on the Spring 2022 Reading STAAR; the district’s growth goal is 80 percent. This was a great accomplishment for the students, their families, and Mrs. Strong. She loves sharing in the joy people experience when setting and achieving goals. Mrs. Strong was also integral to Finley's data disaggregation and professional learning community processes, enhancing systems to maximize student achievement and teacher pedagogy. 

       

      Mrs. Strong is proud to advocate for students, staff, and families to promote growth as a servant leader. Balancing her educational endeavors with being a wife and mom, Mrs. Strong strives to leave a legacy of love, intrinsic motivation, and resilience for her family—Robert Sr., RJ, and Ryan.

      M - Z (alpha house)

      Phone: (972) 923-4790

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      Degrees and Certifications:

      ✅ Undergraduate degree, Southwestern Assemblies of God University ✅ Graduate degree, Educational Leadership, University of Texas at Tyler

      Chris Thompson, M.Ed.

       

      Born and raised in southeast Colorado, Chris Thompson moved to Waxahachie in 2003 to attend Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Here he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and began his teaching career upon graduation. Thompson has spent 14 years as a classroom teacher, teaching mathematics at both high school and junior high levels. Before coming to Waxahachie ISD, he was named the 2014-15 Secondary Teacher of the Year for Red Oak ISD. 

       

      Thompson was chosen as one of two inaugural recipients of the Principal Residency Grant for the 2021-22 school year and worked as the Resident Administrator at Finley Junior High before becoming AP at Coleman. He recently completed his Master of Educational Leadership degree at the University of Texas at Tyler. 

       

      Thompson and his wife Laura have been married for 14 years and have two children.