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CISD Shakes Up Canyon Lake Principals

New Canyon Lake High School Kristy Castilleja, left, at Mountain Valley Middle School's 2016 8th Grade Awards Night.

Principals at Canyon Lake High School (CLHS) and Mountain Valley Middle School (MVMS) are moving on, Comal ISD Superintendent Dr. Andrew Kim announced Thursday, May 24.

MVMS Principal Kristy Castilleja replaces CLHS Principal Blake Hays, who is leaving to oversee secondary schools in Sherman ISD.

Dustin Davidson, Canyon High School’s dean of Instruction, is the new principal at MVMS.

Lori Lehmberg, currently assistant principal at CLHS, will be named principal of Comal Disciplinary Center (CDC).

Kim posted the information to district Facebook pages.

“I would like to make you aware of leadership transitions at our secondary campuses and as a result, please to make adjustments where we need in our systems to accommodate our new appointees,” he posted on district Facebook pages.

He wished Hays well in his new position.

“We thank him for his work and we wish him all the best in his new role, leading a growing school district not unlike ours to new levels of quality,” Kim said, adding Castilleja has “big shoes to fill.”

“Please help me congratulate Mr. Hays in his future endeavors and welcome our new principals.”

About Castilleja:

She was recently selected as the Eddie G. Bull Professional Development Scholarship recipient for the 2017-2018 school year by Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP).

TASSP award  recognizes exemplary performance among beginning campus level administrators.

Castilleja will be honored by TASSP at its Summer Workshop during the Josten’s Night of the Stars on June 13 at the Hilton Austin Downtown Hotel.

Castilleja’s nomination for this award was endorsed by Comal ISD superintendent Andrew Kim and other administrators in the district, who identified her strengths and leadership abilities.

“We believe this scholarship will assist Mrs. Castilleja in her journey toward excellence in educational leadership,” said Cindy Kirby, Director of Professional Development, TASSP.

“I was thrilled when I heard the news,” said Castilleja. “This is a very big honor.”

As part of her nomination process for the scholarship, Castilleja had to write an article about Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships. Hers was titled “Calling to Lead.” As the scholarship winner, her article will now be published in TASSP’s Texas Study in Secondary Education, a professional research journal.


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