It’s been nine years since Nancy Shipley joined the Krum school district.
In that time, she’s served seven years as a first-grade teacher and two years as director of federal programs and curriculum.
On Monday, she began her first day as the district’s assistant superintendent. She fills a role that’s been vacant since the school board named Cody Carroll Krum’s superintendent in April.
She said she’s honored by the opportunity.
“I’ve worked with just such great educators here in Krum,” Shipley said. “I feel very honored to be given this position.”
Shipley was reassigned the district’s assistant superintendent on May 8. According to school board meeting minutes, Shipley will draw an annual salary of $93,000.
Carroll said Shipley will oversee personnel, highly qualified teachers and serve as staff development coordinator. He said Shipley’s former role will remain vacant, and she will continue to serve as the federal programs coordinator and oversee special programs as well as the district’s gifted and talented program.
About a week after Carroll officially became the district’s superintendent, the district posted the opening for the assistant superintendent job. The job was posted April 17 through May 1, and 81 individuals applied for the job, Carroll said. Of those applicants, 10 were considered for the job, but Shipley was the only applicant interviewed for the position.
It was Shipley’s familiarity with the district, its students and families that Carroll said he liked. Over the course of the year Carroll has worked with Shipley, he said she proved she “was ready to take on the responsibility.”
“She’s very professional, a class act that looks at all possibilities in a situation before she makes a decision,” he said, adding that she is also very thorough.
Shipley received her bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Lamar University. In May, she obtained her superintendent certification through the Region XI Education Service Center.
Shipley said she has wanted to have a bigger impact in the lives of students and she is hopeful she makes a difference in the lives many students. She said she looks forward to continuing improvement in student performance, attracting and retaining the best educators and partnering with parents in bridging the gap between home and school.
Shipley said students are the future, and the more an environment can be created for them in which they’re stretched to reach their maximum potential, the better. Laying the foundation for that to take place is important, she said.
“The goal of any educator is to stretch ... students to their maximum capacity,” Shipley said.
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.