Selwyn College Preparatory School has selected Karen Morris, the teacher education department chairwoman at North Central Texas College in Corinth, as its next head of school.
She replaces Connie Miller, who announced to the Selwyn community earlier this week that she will step down from the position to spend more time with family — specifically her daughter, who is entering her senior year at the school.
“I want to have the time to do a lot of things that you would typically do for your child’s senior year,” Miller said. “I’m just at a point in my life where I have some family obligations that require some flexibility in my schedule.”
Miller’s final day on the job is Sept. 30. Morris will take over as Selwyn’s leader Oct. 1.
Miller said she will remain on campus as an adviser and mentor to Morris and she also intends to serve on school committees and assist in any additional capacities where needed.
“I’m not [by] any stretch stepping out of Selwyn,” Miller said. “I’ll still be there.
“I’ll still be around the school to assist in any way I can.”
Miller has served as Selwyn’s headmaster since 2010 and has been a part of the Selwyn community since 2008.
Prior to taking on duties leading the school, she served as the lower school leader and language arts teacher for third through fifth grades.
At some point, she said she hopes to return to the classroom to teach.
She summed up her time leading Selwyn as something she loved.
“Even with the challenges that we’ve had in the last six months, it has been the most wonderful group of people I’ve worked with,” Miller said. “I have enjoyed it. I absolutely loved it.”
Morris joins the Selwyn community at a time of rebuilding. In January, a fire destroyed Selwyn’s main building, which had stood for more than 50 years and housed classrooms, administration offices and the school kitchen.
The Selwyn board of trustees selected Morris as its new headmaster in a special meeting Aug. 6, after learning Miller was stepping down.
Morris had originally interviewed for one of three vacant seats on the Selwyn school board, said Monte Jensen, board chairman.
“One of the things that one would look for in a headmaster was right up Karen’s alley,” he said. “We had someone who was interested and qualified at our front doorstep.”
Morris, a wife and mother to an incoming second-grader at Selwyn, is a Longview native. Her education career spans 14 years with experience in administration, curriculum development and the creation of policy and procedures, according to school officials.
She’s taught sixth-grade English/language arts, eighth-grade English and English as a Second Language.She served as an instructor in the teacher education department at NCTC for the past four years and as department chairwoman for the past two years.
She has an associate’s degree from Kilgore College, a bachelor’s degree in English from LeTourneau University and a master’s degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Morris said she looks forward to assisting with rebuilding projects, moving “forward with the visions and integrity” the school has established, and ensuring students are happy and receiving a quality college preparatory education.
Morris said it’s an honor to be next in line to lead Selwyn.
“I look forward to helping in the rebuild, to helping it grow and being vital in the Denton community and the surrounding area,” she said. “I just hope I can continue to help Selwyn offer the exemplary education that they have offered since the 1950s.”
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