Mansfield ISD is welcoming new principals in the new year.
Lea Boiles is the principal of the new Alma Martinez Intermediate School, Dr. Matthew Herzberg is the leader of the new Charlene McKinzey Middle School, and Chris Gibson is now the principal of Mary Lillard Intermediate School.
Martinez Intermediate School and McKinzey Middle School will open in fall 2021.
Boiles has 31 years of experience in education. Her first job in education was teaching hearing-impaired middle school students in Fort Worth.
She joined Mansfield ISD in 2006 as assistant principal at Danny Jones Middle School and was principal of the Innovative Learning Academy at Elizabeth Smith Elementary for the past 10 years before being appointed to her new role.
“My goal as principal at Martinez Intermediate is to “navigate” the journey of opening this exciting new campus to bring learning opportunities that not only have a positive influence on students academically, socially and emotionally but also positively impact the community around us,” said Boiles.
Dr. Herzberg brings 12 years of experience to his position. He started his tenure at MISD as a band director at Mary Lillard Intermediate School before becoming an assistant principal at T.A. Howard Middle School.
He then returned to Lillard Intermediate in 2016 as the school’s principal. He said he is thrilled to start a new chapter and open the district’s new middle school.
“It is clear that McKinzey Middle School was built around the idea of community,” said Dr. Herzberg. “My goal is for our McKinzey community of students, parents and educators to work together to provide an incredible educational experience for all of our students.”
Gibson will replace Dr. Herzberg as principal of Lillard Intermediate School. He has been in education for 18 years and has held positions of lead teacher, instructional coach and assistant principal.
He came to MISD in 2019 as the assistant principal of the Roberta Tipps STEAM Academy and said he will continue his mission of serving with passion and purpose as principal.
“My goal is to partner with both teachers and parents to ensure that their student is growing academically and intellectually and to ensure that they are prepared to enter middle school with the tools they need to be successful,” said Gibson.
Gibson and Dr. Herzberg began their new roles on Jan. 4. Boiles will help with the transition at her current school before officially starting her new position.