They can be found directing morning and afternoon traffic, opening car doors at drop-off and pick-up and attending marching contests, one-act play competitions and sporting events on the weekends. They are public school principals, and they cover a lot of territory in their roles as campus leaders which is why Texas Governor Greg Abbott officially designated the month of October as Principals Month in their honor.
The Comal Independent School District is celebrating 31 principals and 53 assistant principals throughout the month with campuses showing their appreciation through special lunches, office decorations and more.
“We are always appreciative of our principals,” says Comal ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim. “They are dedicated to our students and teachers on a daily basis, so it is nice to have a special time to celebrate their work.”
Through the dedication and efforts of these leaders, Comal ISD focuses on the success of every student through improving academic growth, preparing them for the future and working with parents and the community to provide further opportunities.
Comal ISD elementary campus principals include Carla Carter with Arlon Seay, Jillian Jurica with Bill Brown, Janelle Hardin with Clear Spring, Shelly Crofford with Freiheit, Jennifer Schultz with Garden Ridge, Carolyn Gump with Goodwin Frazier, Leslie Durst with Hoffmann Lane, Mary Stults with Indian Springs, Suzanne Seabolt with Johnson Ranch, Nicole Duvall with Kinder Ranch, Ashley Aretakis-Fredo with Morningside, Jennifer Smith with Mountain Valley, Stacy Wilkie with Oak Creek, Amy Malone with Rahe Bulverde, Wendy Moore with Rebecca Creek, Jackie Sundt with M.H. Specht, Melinda Shinn with Startzville and Kim Lyssy with Timberwood Park Elementary.
Middle school principals include Ernie Reynolds with Canyon, Jaime Alvarez-Calderon with Church Hill, Julie Cronkhite with Danville, Dustin Davisson with Mountain Valley, Scott Hammond with Pieper Ranch, Michael Keranen with Smithson Valley and Chris Smith with Spring Branch.
High school principals include Casey Whittle with Canyon, Kristy Castilleja with Canyon Lake, Michael Wahl with Smithson Valley, Meredith Pappas with Memorial Early College, Matthew DeLoach with Davenport and Lori Lehmberg with Comal Discipline Center.
-The Comal Independent School District employs 31 principals and 53 assistant principals serving almost 25,000 students. Pictured are Comal ISD principals.