Mansfield ISD welcomes new principals for the 2022-23 school year.
Stephanie Bonneau is the new principal at Legacy High School, but for her, both the campus and MISD feel like home. Bonneau was a teacher at Legacy when the campus opened in 2007 and worked there until 2015 as an administrative intern and later as an instructional specialist.
“I’m excited to be back at Legacy to develop and grow our students and prepare them for college, career, and life,” Bonneau said. “Both of my boys are also Legacy graduates, so we really are a Bronco family!”
Prior to returning to MISD, Bonneau served as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Henderson ISD. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and her Ed.D. from Dallas Baptist University.
Miguel Garza has taken over as principal at The Phoenix Academy following the retirement of Regenia Crane. Garza most recently served as an associate principal at Timberview High School.
“I am honored to serve as the principal of The Phoenix Academy and Phoenix DAEP,” Garza said. “I’m excited at the opportunity to be a part of this community where we will continue with our ALL IN and no excuses mentality towards student success. Trust the process!”
Garza began his 16-year educational career as a teacher in Fort Worth ISD. While there he also coached girls soccer and was an assistant football coach. Prior to coming to MISD, Garza served as an assistant principal at two campuses in Keller ISD.
Garza earned a bachelor’s degree in Math from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Phoenix. This football season, you’ll probably see him in silver and blue because he is a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan.
Elizabeth Hostin came out of retirement to take the reins at Boren Elementary School. She has now come full circle at the campus where she taught 29 years ago.
Hostin retired from education in 2016 to move to Tennessee for her husband’s dream job. After moving back to Texas in 2020, she has served as interim principal at Daulton and most recently Boren Elementary School.
“My hope is to positively impact the lives of children, teachers and parents and strengthen their opinion of public school,” Hostin said.
Hostin graduated with an elementary education degree from the University of Kentucky. She has a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of North Texas and master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Hostin and her husband Lonnie have two sons who graduated from Mansfield High School along with a daughter in law and two grandchildren.
April Jackson is the new principal at Martha Reid Leadership Academy after being promoted from assistant principal at Alma Martinez Intermediate School.
Jackson's education career spans 23 years - five of those in MISD. She has a favorite quote she likes to apply to the learning process.
"You are capable of incredible things, but it will take a lot of hard work and failure. But you got this. Have a growth mindset," Jackson said.
Jackson earned her Bachelor of Science in Education at Indiana State University and her master's degree in Education at Prairie View A&M University.
A fun fact about Jackson is that she has visited all 50 states in the United States of America.
MaryAnn Morales is the new principal at Charlotte Anderson Academy after being promoted from assistant principal at Martha Reid Leadership Academy.
“My goal is to serve the Anderson community with purpose, compassion and integrity while bringing a joy of learning,” Morales said.
In her 19-year educational career Morales has held other positions in MISD including ESL Specialist and Reading Specialist.
Morales earned her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies/Early Childhood Education at Texas A&M University and received a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction/Reading Specials from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Jimmy Neal is serving as the interim principal at Danny Jones Middle School. Neal is a retired MISD principal who has three decades of experience in education.
“It is my goal at Danny Jones to continue building on the successes while creating a partnership with students, parents , and teachers that is focused on helping our students to be the best that they can be,” Neal said.
He has previously served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal at T.A. Howard Middle School and Summit High School.
Although he is technically retired, Neal says since filling out the official paperwork in 2019, he has worked almost every day somewhere. Most recently, he was an interim assistant principal at Lake Ridge High School in the spring of 2022.
Josh Roberts returned to the campus where he began his teaching career. Roberts is one of the teachers who helped open Gideon Elementary School in 2001.
Roberts has served 17 years in education, 12 of those in Mansfield ISD as a teacher and assistant principal.
“I want to make Gideon a place where each person that steps foot on campus has a positive, meaningful experience as we continue to pursue academic excellence,” Roberts said.
Roberts earned his Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree in Education Administration from Lamar University. Roberts is returning to MISD after serving as a principal in neighboring districts.
In his time away from the district, Josh has performed with the critically acclaimed comedy group "Four Day Weekend" for 20 years. In that time, he’s had the opportunity to perform in front of 250 members of Congress meet former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Michelle Woodall began her twenty-first year in education as principal at the Ben Barber Innovation Academy and Frontier STEM
Academy. Woodall was promoted to that position from associate principal at Ben Barber after former principal Cathy Hudgins retired.
The Career & Technical Education (CTE) path is a passion for Woodall. She served as a CTE teacher for 12 years in a neighboring district before being promoted to CTE Specialist in another nearby district.
“My "why" is that I love supporting and growing with people. This next generation is passionate, creative and ready to conquer the world,” Woodall said. “I strive to ensure they are in a career of choice, thriving and contributing to their communities.”
Woodall earned a bachelor’s degree in Business at the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.
Woodall’s two children attended Mansfield ISD their entire careers and graduated from Lake Ridge High School. In addition to the adventure of raising teenagers, Woodall once swam with sharks.