New Executive Director of Special Services Hired

New Executive Director of Special Services Hired
Posted on 02/11/2020
This is the image for the news article titled New Executive Director of Special Services HiredAfter serving as Clear Brook High School’s head principal for 11 years, Dr. Michele Staley has been selected to lead CCISD’s Special Services department. She is currently transitioning into her new position and will replace Dr. Cyndi Short, who retired in December.

She received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University, her master’s degree in mid-management administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University.

In addition to her extensive educational background, she brings to the role over 20 years of experience working with students and families whether as a teacher or a principal in and outside CCISD.

“As an educator, I have always wanted to help as many students as possible,” Dr. Staley said. “Our focus will be on helping them and their parents have an amazing educational experience!”

One of the skills Dr. Staley honed as the CBHS principal was the ability to organize and run a large organization for the benefit of the students, as well has develop good communication skills with all stakeholders.

“Since Clear Brook is larger than over 40% of all cities in Texas, creating a community with 2,400 students and their parents was quite a challenge,” she said. “Building a relationship with parents is especially important.”

In early February, she and the CBHS community reaped the rewards of their efforts when Clear Brook was named a 2020 State School of Character by, a national advocate and leader for character in schools.

It shows just how much Dr. Staley’s sphere of influence has grown since the late 90s when she was an AP Biology teacher and volleyball coach getting to know a small group of students and their families.

“When I was a teacher, I got to know the whole kid and their family and I enjoyed being able to support them,” Dr. Staley said. “But then I realized how much more of an impact I could have as a school principal helping and supporting thousands of kids.”

Now in her new position, Dr. Staley will build upon that passion even more as she brings a sense of community to the over 7,000 special services students and their families. Her primary focus will be partnering with parents and building a relationship based on trust in order to help their children succeed.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the students and learning about a whole new array of services available to empower them in their educational journey,” she said.

“Helping the kids is the most important thing; the kids are number one in everything we do.”
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