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New Worthing HS principal, elementary SSO announced

2013 September 20
by HISD Communications

HISD recently announced the assignment of two new leaders: a new principal for Worthing High School and a new school support officer at the elementary level.

John Modest Jr., who comes to us from the North Carolina Department of Education, has been named the new principal of Worthing High School. He began his career in education as a history teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but he has also served as a school principal and a regional superintendent. Modest holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from North Carolina Central University.

Dr. Robert Lundin has been named the school support officer for Elementary School Office Area 3. He replaces Beth Dow, who recently retired. Dr. Lundin began his career as a bilingual fifth-grade teacher at HISD’s own Garcia Elementary School. He has also taught at the middle and high school levels, and in 2004, he was picked to serve as the founding director of YES Prep-Southwest. In 2007, Dr. Lundin was a founding regional director of Teach First, the United Kingdom’s foremost educational charity. After returning to the U.S., he served as the national vice president of Teach for America. He currently serves as a professor at both Rice University and the University of Saint Thomas. Dr. Lundin holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and policy studies from Rice University, a master’s degree in bilingual education from the University of Saint Thomas, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Vanderbilt University.

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