August 28, 2018
Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – For the 2018-2019 school year, eight of 12 Lancaster ISD campuses have a new leader at the helm. The School Board announced principals for two elementary and three secondary campuses and confirmed its selection for the district’s alternative learning campus during its Called and Regular School Board meetings in July.
Dr. Antionette Matthews will continue her service at J.D. Hall STEM Learning Center. She brings a combination of 18 years of experience from her time in Dallas ISD and Lancaster ISD. Her roles in education have included a teacher, curriculum specialist, executive director for the STEM department, assistant principal and most recently interim principal of her current campus. In her acknowledgements, she expressed, “I take every challenge full fledge and wholeheartedly. I will tackle this [role] with the same commitment and passion that a Lancaster Tiger always has.”
Gail Wright was named the principal of West Main Elementary. She ascends to this role after serving in the field of education for 15 years. Wright came to Lancaster ISD in 2003 from a Charter School and has served in multiple capacities. She has been a classroom teacher as well as both a mentor and master teacher. Most recently she has served as the assistant principal at West Main Elementary for the last three years. Her joy was evident as she accepted the position. She expressed, “I have been fortunate to work with an awesome group of educators and outstanding leadership since I have been in the district. I will assure you all that I will do everything within my power to ensure that West Main teachers are ignited with learning opportunities that will translate into sustainable success for the students we serve.”
Yvonne Thornton is now the principal of Rosa Parks Millbrook Elementary. She brings more than 20 years of educational experience to her new role. Although most of her experience was gained during her time in Dallas ISD, she has been a valuable contributor to Lancaster ISD for the last two years in her previous role as the assistant principal of Beltline Elementary. She expressed, “I am excited and honored. Rest assure that you have my tireless dedication and commitment to all students, staff, families and constituents at Rosa Parks to ensure success for everyone who crosses our threshold.”
New to Lancaster ISD, Jamilla Thomas is the principal of the George Washington Carver 6th Grade STEM Learning Center. She comes to her role with more than 10 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal and principal. She has served in Greenville ISD, Grand Prairie ISD and DeSoto ISD prior to joining the Lancaster ISD family. In her acknowledgements, Thomas shared, “I am excited and elated. We are going to soar extremely high and make every day exceptional. Every day, we will serve our teachers and students and we will go to the top together.”
Former Associate Principal Willisa House was promoted to the principal of the Elsie Robertson Lancaster STEM Middle School. She formerly served as the interim principal, and associate principal and as a master teacher. She brings to her role 13 years of experience in education between her time in Lancaster ISD and Duncanville ISD. With great gratitude, she expressed, “I am honored and thankful for this opportunity to lead Lancaster Middle School and to work with the best of the best here in Lancaster!”
Anthony Thornhill will lead the Lancaster STEM Early College High School. Thornhill returns to Lancaster ISD with nine years of experience. He began his career in Lancaster ISD as a middle school classroom teacher and also held the roles of a mentor and master teacher. He left Lancaster ISD to become an assistant principal in Terrell ISD and the associate principal at Terrell High School. He expressed, “I am very excited to come home. I was able to learn from some great leaders during my time at Lancaster Middle School. I know that we are going to grow this program to another level.”