Mirror report

On Monday, April 20, Midlothian ISD’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved Shannon Thompson as the new Director of Special Education effective June 1.

Thompson has served in Midlothian ISD for 17 years. She began her career in the district as a teacher at Mountain Peak Elementary from 2000-2009. In 2009 she moved to Keene ISD where she served as an assistant principal at Keene Elementary for three years and principal for one year. In 2013, Thompson joined the MISD family once again where she has served as principal of J.R. Irvin Elementary (2013-2016) as well as principal of her current campus, Mountain Peak Elementary.

“Shannon is an innovative, educational leader,” says Dr. Lane Ledbetter, Superintendent of Schools. “She understands the importance of helping every child reach their unlimited potential and will be an incredible asset to our special education program.”

“It has been such a privilege to serve Mountain Peak Elementary for the last four years as principal, and I am honored to now be named the Director of Special Education for Midlothian ISD,” Thompson says. “I am excited to have the opportunity to serve MISD in this new role and to serve the students, teachers, staff and parents in a different capacity.”

As Mrs. Thompson begins her new role as the Director of Special Education, Midlothian ISD will embark upon the search for the new principal of Mountain Peak Elementary. MISD will reach out to parents and staff to partner in this process and determine the characteristics and attributes they desire for a leader at MountainPeak Elementary.

Mrs. Thompson received her bachelor of science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tarleton State University. She went on to receive her Masters in Education Administration from the University of North Texas and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education Administration from Tarleton State University.

WGMS adds administrator

Midlothian ISD announces Natalie Dennington as the new assistant principal at Walnut Grove Middle School. She will begin this role on July 1.

Her knowledge and experience are going to be a great addition for the students and staff and her enthusiasm for parent and community involvement will continue to foster the Wildcat culture.

“There are so many incredible things happening at Walnut Grove Middle School and all around Midlothian ISD,” Dennington said. “I feel blessed to be part of this campus and community. I am extremely excited to join in on the journey with the families of WGMS and help students reach their unlimited potential.”

Dennington received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas Tech University and her Masters in Education Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She began her journey with Midlothian ISD in 1992 serving as a reading, math and science teacher for many years at J.R Irvin Elementary, J.A. Vitovsky Elementary, and Mountain Peak Elementary.

From 2006-2013, Dennington served as the assistant principal and campus testing coordinator for Frank Seale Middle School. In 2013, she became the assistant principal at J.R. Irvin Elementary as well as the elementary coordinator for learning for MISD.

In 2014, Dennington began the role in which she currently serves as the district coordinator for testing/accountability and instructional materials.