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The San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees approved three new administrators within the district. David Underwood was approved a new Assistant Principal for Hernandez Intermediate School, where he has been a teacher and campus leader since 1997. He served as the campus Choral Director and was Interim Assistant Principal in 2007. He was an Administrative Intern (2007-2008), Campus Improvement Team member (2005-2008), Chair of the Positive Behavior Support Team (2007-2008), and Elective Department Head for four years (2004-2008).

Underwood received his Bachelor’s Degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University), a Master’s Degree through the University of Phoenix, and is currently doing his Principal internship. He has lived in this community for almost 20 years, and he says he feels he has a vested interest within the community and its schools. His children attend San Marcos CISD schools. Underwood says, “I recognize the challenges that face this community and believe that my knowledge and years of service to this district can be a benefit.”

Joy Philpott was approved as the new Director of School Improvement and Accountability; she had most recently served as the coordinator of this position. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History and English, a Master’s Degree in English, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction – all from the University of Mississippi. She also has post-secondary studies completed in Educational Administration. Philpott is certified as a secondary teacher and as a principal.

Philpott has also served as the Academic Dean of San Marcos High School for two years, Assistant Principal of Lockhart High School, and English teacher at Lockhart High School – in addition to service in other states. Philpott says, “San Marcos CISD is truly a learning community. Everyone is in the district is expected to learn to keep learning. I value this in a work environment.”

Ronda Stonecipher was approved as the new Director of Instruction Technology, where she has earned statewide and national recognition as the coordinator of the same position. She joined the SMCISD in 2005 and introduced such innovative programs as the instructional iPod used in the English Language Learner programs and in Special Education. Stonecipher earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Wayland Baptist University in Marketing and teaching certification from Texas Tech University. She also earned a Master Degree from Wayland Baptist University in Instructional Technology and did post-secondary work at Texas A&M Corpus Christi in Administration and Supervision.

Prior to joining the San Marcos CISD team, Stonecipher worked with Sinton ISD as Director of Curriculum & Instructional Technology, with Gonzales ISD as Director of Technology, and with Wayland Baptist University at the Network Support Administrator. She says, “While working with San Marcos CISD, I have enjoyed the freedom to try new instructional technology to help students learn and achieve, and I appreciate being a part of this innovative school district.”

By IRIS CAMPBELL
Public Information Officer

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