Board names two new Area Executive Directors
June 27, 2019
Pflugerville ISD Superintendent of Schools Doug Killian has announced the appointment of two new Area Executive Directors. The appointments of Trana Allen and Alma Gonzalez-Castillo were approved by the Board of Trustees this week as they will provide assistance and guidance to principals and teachers in the respective feeder patterns they have been assigned.
Gonzalez-Castillo will oversee the Cougar Team, which consists of all schools in the Connally High School feeder pattern.
Allen will oversee the Panther Team and all schools in the Pflugerville High School feeder pattern.
Alma Gonzalez-Castillo, most recently the principal at Anita Dovalina Elementary School in Laredo, holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction/supervision from Texas A&M International University.
As area executive director, Gonzalez-Castillo will primarily provide instructional support, development, coaching and supervision to campus principals.
“Our campus teams lean heavily on our area executive directors for support,” said PfISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Killian. “Alma Gonzalez-Castillo has already shown an ability to produce measurable student achievement results.”
Dovalina Elementary in 2018 met Texas Education Agency testing standards, with six out of a possible seven distinction designations.
Earlier this year, the school was among 26 schools nominated for U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools recognition. The program recognizes public and private high-performing schools or campuses where exemplary progress was made toward closing achievement gaps in student sub-populations, while performance remained high across the board.
Each nominated school had an economically disadvantaged population of 30.9% or more.
Gonzalez-Castillo became principal at Dovalina in 2015. Previously, she served as assistant principal at Alma Pierce Elementary in Laredo, from 2010-15. She was a science teacher at Bruni Elementary in Laredo from 2004-10.
She also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and bi-cultural studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Allen brings 25 years of experience in education to Pflugerville with her most recent role serving as principal of Anderson Mill Elementary School in Round Rock ISD since 2011.
“I’m excited to bring someone with as much experience as Trana Allen into our District,” Killian said. “Trana will provide a great deal of leadership for our principals, teachers and students as the Area Executive Director of our Panther Team.”
Allen has experience in reforming campuses and overcoming challenges, turning Anderson Mill Elementary into a Marzano Level 3 High Reliability School as the only Title I school in its feeder pattern. Her leadership helped improve morale on campus and build a community while implementing various programs to benefit the students while emphasizing an education in diversity and multi-culturalism. In 2014, she was named a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award for her work at Anderson Mill.
Earlier in her career, Allen has served as the director of bilingual, ESOL and Pre-Kindergarten for Round Rock ISD where she was responsible for providing administrators and teachers with support for the success of approximately 3,000 students.
Other stops in her career as an administrator include Live Oak Elementary in Round Rock, Brown Elementary, Berkman Elementary and James Pearce Middle School in Austin ISD.
Her appointment to Pearce Middle School had to be approved by the Texas Commissioner of Education as she was tasked with reopening the campus after it had been closed due to low academic performance. Through her leadership and implementation of effective strategies, Pearce raised its passing rate in science by 30% in a two-year span.
Allen also has more than seven years of experience teaching in the classroom as a bilingual instructor, Dyslexia intervention and ESL teacher.
Allen holds a master’s degree in education administration from Texas Southern University and earned her bachelor of arts in bilingual education from Sam Houston State University.