PfISD Board announces five appointments
July 23, 2019
The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees made five job-related moves at Thursday’s monthly meeting, filling two openings for principals and approving the promotion of three employees at the central office.
With the hirings, principal positions have been filled at Rowe Lane Elementary School and Dessau Middle School.
The District will elevate three current employees into those new roles – Director of Human Resources, Director of Special Education and Director of Technology Integration Services.
The Board announced the appointment of Hillary Waggoner as the new principal at Rowe Lane Elementary School and named Valerie Torres-Solis principal at Dessau Middle School.
Waggoner has been promoted from assistant principal, a role she has held at the school since 2014. She also has been with the district since 2005.
Waggoner made a significant impact at Rowe Lane as the creator of its enrichment clubs, which meet Friday mornings to provide authentic learning opportunities for students respective to their interests and age groups. The enrichment clubs have become a successful program at Rowe Lane and been adopted at other schools in Pflugerville, and once word spread, other districts began contacting Rowe Lane to implement clubs at their schools.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas State University in 2002 and completed a masters in educational leadership at Texas State in 2013.
Torres-Solis was the 2013-14 Austin ISD Assistant Principal of the Year while she was at Webb Middle School. The campus that year earned five Distinction Designations for academic achievement from Texas Education Agency.
Torres-Solis began her career in education at Park Crest Middle School, where she served as a math interventionist from 2005-08. She was a sixth-grade math teacher at Webb from 2010-11, and was assistant principal at Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy in Austin in 2014-15 before becoming Garcia Leadership Academy principal the following year.
She holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Lamar University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in theater from Texas State University.
Rachel Mackey has been named human resources director. In this role, Mackey will oversee the position management team and all campus HR operations. This new title elevates Mackey from her previous role as assistant director of HR. She will continue to report to Chief Human Resources Officer Willie Watson and has 22 years of service.
Deborah Reeder was promoted to the new role of director of special education and will report to Cara Schwartz, executive director of special programs. Reeder will assist in the leadership and integration of special education programs in the district. Reeder’s previous title was interim director of special education. She has 32 years of service.
Kathryn Ives was named to the role of director of technology integration services where she will work to ensure technology is being utilized properly in the classroom and district while searching for other ways to take advantage of educational technology. Ives previously held the role of coordinator of instructional technology. She has 40 years of service and will continue to report to Chief Technology Officer Victor Valdez.