LDHS’ Kristi Strickland Voted Principle of the Year
Kristi Strickland has been the principal since 2010 at Lake Dallas High School, a place that is proud to call her its fearless leader. She puts her students before everything else, making sure they know they come first.
That, perhaps, is why she was recently named principal of the year for the State of Texas. The honor came from the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals.
“Dr. Strickland was selected for her willingness to take risks to help students and the ability to anticipate and solve problems, as well as her success in improving the school’s learning environment,” said Archie McAfee, TASSP executive director.
TASSP recognizes outstanding principals and assistant principals from the 20 regional education service centers in Texas. Administrators are nominated and chosen by their regional peers, with the final selection made by the principal image committee of TASSP.
Strickland attended Tarleton State University earning a bachelor’s degree in business education and a master’s degree in American history. In 2000 she graduated from the University of North Texas with her Ph.D. in American history.
With Strickland at the helm, LDHS was recognized in 2013 and 2014 as one of America’s best high schools by U.S. News & World Report. Under her watch, the school has also established four new career tech academies and a collegiate academy in tandem with North Central Texas College, which has enhanced dual credit offerings.
“Above all else Dr. Kristi Strickland, in every facet of her job, puts students first,” said Gayle Stinson, LDISD superintendent. “Simply, she is phenomenal. She is ours. She makes us proud to be Falcons.”
Strickland will be considered for the title of National Association of Secondary School Principals principal of the year in 2016.
Before earning this honor, Strickland was named 2015 Region 11 Outstanding High School Principal of the Year.
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