Charlene Parham, an assistant principal at Guyer High School, will begin work as principal at Sanger High School on Monday, according to the district’s superintendent.
At a special meeting this week, Sanger school board members officially approved Parham’s hiring. She replaces Shannon Saylor, who last month was named principal at Aubrey High School. Saylor had previously worked for the Aubrey school district for 13 years.
Parham said she was “blessed,” “honored” and “excited” to be selected as Sanger High’s new principal. She said she intends to bring success to the school however it chooses to exemplify success, be it in athletics, academics or its staff. Parham said Sanger High’s close-knit community appealed to her.
“I’ve been able to watch that from afar,” she said. “[I’m] very excited to get things going.”
Of Parham’s 16 years as an educator, six have been in administration. She began her career as a physical education and volleyball and softball coach for the Irving school district, according to the Guyer website. For seven years, she was a teacher, coach and high school administrator with curriculum, instruction and assessment responsibilities for the White Settlement school district, and last year she was an assistant principal at Guyer.
Parham has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree in school administration from Tarleton State University.
Guyer Principal Barbara Fischer, Parham’s boss for the last year, said she hires Parham in part for her experience in breaking down data and using it to work with teachers to meet students’ needs. At Guyer, Fischer said, Parham worked with the school’s English as a second language population and the science department.
Fischer described her as someone who is “very student-centered, very organized, always willing to help.”
“We will miss her a lot,” Fischer said. “She will be of great value to Sanger. I think they’ll really like her. I just wish her the very best and know she’s working with a good group of people in Sanger.”
Sanger Superintendent Kent Crutsinger said there were more than 30 applicants for the high school principal job. Five were taken to a committee appointed to assist in the search, and of them, two were interviewed by Crutsinger.
He said he was impressed with Parham’s experience as an administrator and “overall experience in leadership.”
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.