Kellie Spencer, Deputy Superintendent

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Kellie Spencer, Deputy Superintendent

Kellie Spencer has spent all 22 years of her education career at Cedar Hill ISD. She began as a fourth-grade teacher at Bray Elementary. After serving four years as a teacher, she worked in the district special education department, eventually becoming the department’s executive director. Spencer became the assistant superintendent of operations in 2014. 

Spencer earned her bachelor and masters of science degrees in education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. This Longhorn also holds a principal certification from her alma mater and superintendent certification from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Additionally, Spencer is an active member of the Cedar Hill community. She serves on the city’s development review committee and traffic safety committee.

Spencer, a wife and mother of three, believes that all children deserve a quality education. Under her leadership, she has successfully overseen the implementation of a $45 million bond program. Spencer also led the district initiative to implement a Pre-K-12 Collegiate pathway, where scholars graduate with an associate degree. 

She was also instrumental in establishing CHISD’s new academic offerings. In fall 2019, the district will open a Montessori program, Fire Academy, and Early College Academy (ECA). Initially intended for Pre-K and kindergarteners, Montessori at Lake Ridge Elementary expanded to include first through third grade. High schoolers will graduate the Fire Academy workforce ready. Through the ECA, students will enroll in dual credit and AP courses while still being able to participate in extracurriculars. 

“CHISD is the leading choice in education and employment in Cedar Hill,” said Spencer. “The future of this district is bright.”


 Violet Dean, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

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Violet Dean, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Violet Dean serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Cedar Hill Independent School District. She has rich history with the district serving in leadership roles at High Pointe Elementary, Bray Elementary and Waterford Oaks Elementary. Dean also worked as a principal with Mansfield ISD before accepting the Director of Elementary Human Resources and later the Director of Human Resources Development and Employee Relations for Arlington ISD.  Ms. Dean served there for close to three years prior to returning to CHISD.

She received her Bachelors degree from Southwestern Adventist University, and earned her Masters in Educational Leadership from Texas A & M Commerce. 

 

 


Dr. Charlotte Ford, Assistant Superintendent of Academics

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Dr. Charlotte Ford, Assistant Superintendent of Academics

Dr. Charlotte Ford is the Assistant Superintendent of Academics for Cedar HIll ISD.  Dr. Ford has a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Chemistry from Clark Atlanta University; she received her doctorate from The University of Texas at Arlington in urban and public administration. Dr. Ford began her career in education as an integrated chemistry and physics and a chemistry teacher. She taught for a total of seven years in Arlington and Birdville Independent School Districts.  She’s been a campus administrator for 11 years, during which she was a high school assistant principal for five years in both Arlington and Mansfield Independent School Districts and a principal for six years in Mansfield ISD – four years in middle school and two years in high school. She’s also served as an educational consultant for a school district in Louisiana.  

 


  Tellauance Graham, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services & Administration

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Tellauance Graham, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services & Administration

Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Administration, Tellauance L. Graham is a native of Keithville, Louisiana and has served Cedar Hill ISD since 2018.  As Assistant Superintendent for Student Services he coordinates services for at-risk, 504 and special education students, oversees federal grants, the counseling department and family and community engagement.

In 2002 Mr. Graham received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and became certified as a teacher leader in 2009.  He graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2010 and has earned his National Institute of School Leadership certificate.

Before joining Cedar Hill ISD he worked as a teacher, assistant principal and principal with Caddo Parish Public Schools. During his time as principal of the Caddo Middle Career Technology School (CMCTS) he was able to transform a historically failing school to a top gains school.  His major focus was changing culture and climate then promoting high academic rigor in the classroom. Enrollment grew during his time at CMCTS and Huntington. Also, students gained more access to technology and the community perception of the schools changed. The schools earned numerous grants and awards.


 Gilberto Prado, Chief Financial Officer

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Gilberto Prado, Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer Gilberto Prado is an executive school finance professional with more than 23 years of experience in budgeting and financial management. He spent two decades working for Dallas ISD, where his career began as a purchasing agent and culminated as the executive director of budget services. As the executive director of budget services at Dallas ISD he managed a budget in excess of $1.5 billion in revenues and expenses and was also responsible for the Special Revenue/Grants Department as well as Position Control. In April 2015, he was recruited to Garland ISD as the budget director, responsible for the development and control of a budget in excess of $600 million. He has also served as Garland ISD’s executive director of budget services and managed position control, Kronos time management, purchasing and risk management.

Gilberto holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College in Vermont.

 


 James Hawthorne, Chief of Police

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James Hawthorne, Chief of Police

James Hawthorne is Cedar Hill ISD’s chief of police. Hawthorne previously served as the assistant police chief with the Arlington Police Department, retiring after 28 years of service. He was chairman of the Joint Information Center during Super Bowl XLV, coordinated communication strategies for public safety during two World Series events and the NBA All-Star game in Arlington.

Chief Hawthorne teaches a police intelligence course at Southern Methodist University and a criminal justice research class for the Upward Bound Program at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has lectured on a state, regional, and national level on media relations and crisis communications.     

Hawthorne received his bachelor's and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and the Senior Management Institute of Policing sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum in Boston, Massachusetts.  

 


Dr. Darryl Henson, Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership

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Dr. Darryl Henson, Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership

Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership Dr. Darryl J. Henson is a native of Houston and has served Cedar Hill ISD since 2018.  As assistant superintendent of school leadership he supervises, supports and coaches principals and assistant principals.  

Prior to his appointment in Cedar Hill ISD, Dr. Henson served as the principal of North Forest High School in Houston Independent School District, principal of Parkland High School in the Ysleta Independent School District. He was also a classroom teacher, coach, and principal in the Austin, Houston, and El Paso regions.

During his tenures at North Forest and Parkland high schools, both campuses experienced unprecedented gains on state assessment results, increased enrollment, and reinvigorated senses of school spirit and community pride. Under Henson’s leadership, Parkland High School earned all seven Distinction designations from the Texas Education Agency - only 1.9% of Texas schools earn this accolade. Additionally, North Forest High School earned the highest student progress measure of all Achieve 180 campuses in the Houston ISD during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey under Dr. Henson’s leadership. 

Throughout the years, Dr. Henson has been regarded for his passion and vibrant personality as he has built lasting relationships with students and communities across Texas. Dr. Henson firmly believes that culture, curriculum, and community are the pillars of establishing and maintaining a thriving school system.

Dr. Henson earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston.


 Tierney Tinnin, Chief of Communications and Marketing

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Tierney Tinnin, Chief of Communications and Marketing

Tierney Tinnin joined Cedar Hill ISD as Chief of Communications and Marketing in 2019. Tinnin received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Langston University and spent eight years in broadcasting as a reporter for KAVU-TV, the weekend anchor for KXXV-TV and morning anchor at KOCO-TV. 

Tinnin left the broadcasting field after accepting the media relations manager position for Oklahoma City Public Schools. While with OKCPS, Tinnin was promoted to Strategic Communications Director and developed the district’s community relations department which managed district partnerships, tutors, mentors and volunteers. She also led the public relations campaign to rename the district’s high school mascot from Redskins to Redwolves. 

After eight years with OKCPS, Tinnin joined the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, where she served as the policy advisor, communications director and lobbyist for the state agency.  In 2017 Tinnin returned to her home state of Texas to lead the communications department with Irving ISD, while there she implemented the district’s first marketing showcase, redesigned its website and developed its digital marketing strategy.

Tinnin has been named Top Under 35 in School Public Relations, School Communicators to Watch and the winner of a Gold Medallion, the National School Public Relations highest honor. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Koinonia Christian Church. 

 


 Neil Bolton, Executive Director of Technology

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Neil Bolton, Executive Director of Technology

Neil Bolton is a graduate of Cedar Hill High School and is a longtime resident of Cedar Hill. He began his career at Cedar Hill ISD 23 years ago as the district’s second computer technician, then as helpdesk manager and later served as the network analyst for 6 years. The last 5 years he has served as the Executive Director of Technology. Under his leadership, internet bandwidth and wireless density have greatly increased, a single sign-on portal was introduced, and the Google domain called G Suite was created. Bolton also serves as a member of the Cedar Hill Parks and Recreation board and as president of the Cedar Hill Lions Club Charities board. He also serves in the community as a member of the Cedar Hill Action Team (CHAT), Cedar Hill Education Foundation, Leadership Southwest, and the Cedar Hill Lions Club boards.