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Trustees Approve 2018-2019 Principal Posts at Houston & Johnson Elementary Schools

The Board of Trustees has unanimously approved recommendations to promote two Bryan ISD leaders to open principal positions. Mandy Wells, elementary language arts coordinator, will lead Houston Elementary, and JoLyn Bricker, assistant director of elementary curriculum and instruction, will become the new principal at Johnson Elementary.


“Johnson and Houston are in very good hands,” Superintendent Christie Whitbeck said. “We are very fortunate to have two strong candidates at Bryan ISD ready to take the helm. I can’t wait to work with Mandy and JoLyn in continuing the forward trajectory at both schools.”


Wells, who assumes her new role at Houston upon the retirement of Susan Finch, brings a wealth of experience in diverse roles in public education to the school with 13 years of campus and district leadership experience. She served as an assistant principal in Killeen ISD and Georgetown ISD and held a central office position in Bryan. Wells brings along extensive expertise in curriculum and instructional leadership. Starting as a classroom teacher at Killeen ISD, she is expected to complete a doctorate in education in August.


Mitchell Elementary Principal Donna Wallace worked with Wells in Georgetown and Bryan. At JoAnn Ford Elementary in Georgetown, Wells served as assistant principal when Wallace was principal of the school. Wallace described her as “a strong well-rounded leader” who was a “tremendous asset to our leadership team.”


Wallace is excited to work with Wells as a fellow principal at Bryan ISD, identifying her as a “person of high integrity” who “always puts students of the district first.”


“Mandy has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages, especially children,” Wallace said. “Her ability to connect with students, parents and staff is truly superior.”


Superintendent Christie Whitbeck is thankful for leadership that shares knowledge with each other.


“Mandy was extremely talented when she arrived at Bryan ISD and she has a tremendous capacity for instructional leadership,” Whitbeck said. “Houston is very lucky to have her.”


JoLyn Bricker, who takes over for Amy Newbold at Johnson, has eight years of campus and district leadership experience as well as 20 years of experience as an elementary teacher. She served as an assistant principal and has held multiple central office positions in Bryan ISD. Holding a master’s degree in education, Bricker has wide-ranging expertise in all areas of elementary curriculum and instruction.


Dr. Barbara Ybarra, associate superintendent of teacher and learning, has worked with Bricker in Bryan ISD for the past six years. She described Bricker as a guiding leader who is a “master at choosing leaders on her campus and guiding them to lead others.”


Ybarra went on to describe Bricker as a “gem” who is pleasant and fair. Whitbeck echoes Ybarra’s assessment of Bricker and believes her transition will be seamless.


“JoLyn’s depth of knowledge about curriculum and instruction and her passion for meeting the needs of all students are assets to our entire district,” Whitbeck said. “She is an extremely organized, methodical and sensitive leader that will quickly form strong relationships with everyone at Johnson.” 


About the Principals:

Mandy Wells, Houston Elementary Principal (Fall 2018) 
Mandy Wells joined Bryan ISD in 2016 as the elementary language arts coordinator. Previously, she served as an assistant principal in Georgetown ISD and Killeen ISD and worked as a campus instruction specialist and elementary teacher in Killeen ISD.


She earned a Master of Education and Bachelor of Science degrees from Tarleton State University. She also holds numerous education certifications.


JoLyn Bricker, Johnson Elementary School Principal (Fall 2018)
JoLyn Bricker joined Bryan ISD in 2012 as the elementary English language arts coordinator. In 2016, she was promoted to assistant director of curriculum and instruction. Previously, she served as an assistant principal and elementary teacher in Palestine ISD and worked as a first-grade teacher in Arlington ISD.


She earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University. She also holds numerous education certifications. Bricker has two children already attending Johnson Elementary and she looks forward to continuing the tradition of excellence.


Additional Hires:


Kate Patterson, Director of Special Education
Kate Patterson fills the director of special education role opened after Deborah Akin retired. She has 14 years of central office administration experience in education and serves as president of the Region 6 Council of Administrators of Special Education. She arrives at Bryan after serving as the director of special education at Huntsville ISD. Previously, she worked in the special education departments at Judson ISD and San Antonio ISD and started her career as a special education teacher/coach in Belton.


“Ms. Patterson is the right person to lead our special education team,” Superintendent Christie Whitbeck said. “She has a wealth of experience in the field and will focus on what’s best for our students.”


Stephanie Brumfield, Director of Financial Services
Stephanie Brumfield fills the position vacated by Kevin Beesaw. He assumed the position of assistant superintendent of business services Thursday upon the retirement of Amy Drozd. Brumfield arrives from Texas City ISD, where she also served as director of financial services. She oversaw the annexation of LaMarque ISD where she worked for three years. Brumfield began her career as a junior buyer at Clear Creek ISD.


“Ms. Brumfield is an outstanding talent in school finance,” Superintendent Christie Whitbeck said. “Her arrival continues Bryan ISD’s long history of proven talents leading our finance department.”




Mandy Wells, Houston Elementary Principal (Fall 2018)
JoLyn Bricker, Johnson Elementary School Principal (Fall 2018)