On Monday, May 19, 2008, the San Marcos CISD school board announced that Niki Konecki will be the new principal of Travis Elementary School. Former Travis principal Cynthia Pavia requested a reassignment to an administrative position within the Teaching and Learning Department, but will remain as the Travis principal until the end of the school year. Konecki has served SMCISD since fall of 2005 as the Coordinator of Bilingual/ESL Programs and Innovative Projects. She was formerly a secondary and elementary bilingual ESL instructional specialist for Galena Park ISD, an adjunct professor for the Alternative Teacher Certification Program at San Jacinto College North, and a fourth-grade bilingual/ESL teacher for Galena Park ISD. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies/Elementary Education from Stephen F. Austin State University and her Master of Education in Administration and Supervision with Principal Certification from the University of Houston.
She also has extensive curriculum writing experience. During her time as Coordinator of Bilingual/ESL Programs and Innovative Projects, Konecki gained national attention as part of the team who piloted instructional iPods in the Newcomer Academies at Goodnight Junior High and San Marcos High School. The educational iPods helped English Language Learners comprehend their new language more efficiently, and thereby advance more quickly in their studies. The learning iPods programs have now been expanded to include Special Education students.
“I am privileged to work in a dynamic district with a vision of excellence for every student. I bring a high level of energy to the campus and a commitment to supporting district programs that expect high levels of performance from all members of the Travis community,” Konecki said.
By IRIS CAMPBELL
Public Information Officer – San Marcos CISD
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