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If he is confirmed by the school board, Tim Robinson will lead one of the oldest of Hays CISD’s 13 elementary schools. Pfluger Elementary and Live Oak Academy have new principals this year, as well. 

July 21st, 2014
Robinson to take charge of Hays CISD’s Buda Elementary


BUDA — Hays CISD Superintendent Michael McKie has appointed Tim Robinson as Buda Elementary School’s principal, replacing Kristi Campbell who lasted less than a year in the job.

Tim Robinson

Tim Robinson

Robinson’s appointment must be confirmed by Hays CISD trustees to be made permanent, but he will start immediately on an interim basis, McKie said. Since Campbell left the position this spring, Soor-el Puga has served as interim principal; he will return to his previous position as an assistant principal at Buda Elementary.

Robinson started at Hays CISD in 2002 as a fourth grade teacher at Elm Grove Elementary and later taught at Science Hall and Carpenter Hill elementary schools. He became an assistant principal at Dahlstrom Middle School in 2011 and was named the district’s assistant principal of the year in 2013.

“I am passionate about education and the role it plays in shaping the youth of our nation. My desire to become a principal is deeply rooted in the belief that all students can be successful given the right tools and opportunities,” Robinson said.

Before beginning his career as an educator in 1999, Robinson was enlisted in the U.S. Navy, including service during the first Iraq war. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in educational administration from Texas State University.

Earlier this year, trustees approved new principals for two other Hays CISD campuses:

Pfluger Elementary

Ashley Taylor was promoted from assistant principal to principal at Pfluger Elementary, replacing Robin Kelley who is retiring after 34 years as an educator.

Starting in 2005, Taylor worked as a fourth grade teacher at Tom Green Elementary. She was named an assistant principal at Pfluger in 2010, the year the school opened. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in elementary education, both from Texas State University.

Kelley joined Hays CISD as the Tom Green Elementary principal in 2005 and became the first principal at Pfluger Elementary when it opened five years later. She previously was an assistant principal at number of Austin ISD elementary schools.

Live Oak Academy

Michael Watson, until recently the alternative education director at Gregory-Portland ISD near Corpus Christi, will serve as principal at Live Oak Academy, Hays CISD’s alternative track high school.

At his former job, Watson designed and implemented the district’s alternative education programs at the secondary school level. He previously was a teacher and coach in the Alice school district. He holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a doctorate from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi.

While serving in the U.S. Army, Watson was awarded two Commendation Medals, one of them for helping prevent a possible terrorist attack at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.

Watson will take over Live Oak Academy from Julie Ruisinger, who is retiring after serving as the school’s principal since 2010. Before joining Hays CISD, Watson was a middle school and high school classroom teacher and vice principal in the Round Rock and Austin school districts.

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