New principals gain insights at district’s annual New Leadership Institute 

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While students and teachers soak in the remaining days of summer, HISD welcomed principals at the district’s annual New Leadership Institute (NLI) during the month of July.

The 10-day intensive training for newly appointed principals was created to bridge the knowledge gap for the administrators as they prepare to take on the role of campus leader.

“It’s important for our principals to utilize NLI as a way to fill their toolbox with strategies and resources that will help them succeed in their first year as a principal,” Leadership Development Senior Manager Tanya Yeromenko said. 

Nearly 20 new principals gathered at Harris County Department of Education and Waltrip High School, where they met with various departments and their mentors to gain greater insight on the daily responsibilities as a principal.

“Campus principals are more than just the face of the campus, they often act as gatekeepers, balancing daily administrative tasks to meeting the needs of their teachers, students and parents,” Yeromenko said.

On Tuesday, principals were welcomed by HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan, who shared her first experience as an administrator and the importance of a campus having a well-prepared principal.

“Your first priority is to serve,” said Lathan. “You must serve your parents, the students, and your teachers. A servant attitude produces great rewards.”

The new principals also attended trainings with information on everything from budgets to analyzing data to building relationships with parents.

“As a result of NLI, I will begin a new school year equipped with a more in-depth understanding of how to inspire, lead, and maintain a high-performing team of educators committed to the academic success of our students,” said Ketelson Elementary School Principal Shelene Livas.

For a complete list of the district’s new principals, click here.