BISD Announces Two New Principals

At a special meeting on Tuesday, June 15, Birdville ISD’s Board of Trustees announced the appointments of Charlie Ann Lokey as principal of O.H. Stowe Elementary, and Kristi T. Strickland, Ph.D., as principal of Haltom High School. Lokey is replacing Dr. Nathan Frymark, who was named principal of Green Valley Elementary. Strickland is replacing Dr. Dion Varnado, who has accepted another position in the District. 

Charlie Lokey

Charlie Ann Lokey has been curriculum coordinator at Lake Dallas ISD since 2020. She also was an assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at Lake Dallas Middle School from 2017–20, and an instructional coach and campus testing coordinator at Shady Shores Elementary from 2015–17. Her teaching experience from 2007–15 includes math and teen leadership, math intervention specialist, and English/Language Arts. 

Outside of school, Lokey currently serves as a youth sports coach with the Lake Cities Youth Sports Organization.  

She earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin and master’s degree from Lamar University. 

K. Strickland

Kristi T. Strickland, Ph.D., has been the principal at Lake Dallas High School in Lake Dallas ISD since 2010. During her tenure at Lake Dallas High, she was named the Texas High School Principal of the Year in 2016 by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. 

In addition to her leadership of Lake Dallas High School, Strickland also served as an instructor at the University of North Texas (UNT) and as adjunct instructor at North Central Texas College in Denton. She serves on the advisory board of the Texas Association of Math & Science at UNT.   

Prior to Lake Dallas, she was an associate principal at Ryan High School in Denton ISD from 2001–10, and a classroom teacher at Ryan High School in Denton ISD from 1996–2001. 

A native of Haltom City, Strickland attended South Birdville Elementary (currently, Major Cheney Elementary at South Birdville) and Haltom Junior High School (currently, Haltom Middle School). 

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tarleton State University and doctorate degree from the University of North Texas. 

Congratulations to the 2021 Teachers of the Year!

2021 Teachers of the Year Winners

Congratulations to 2021 Teachers of the Year! Courtney Maxwell, Smithfield Elementary, was named the District Elementary Teacher of the Year; Colby Blankenship, Birdville High School, was named the District Secondary Teacher of the Year; and Isaac Bradley, Stowe Elementary, was named BISD’s First-Year Teacher of the Year. 

Birdville ISD also congratulates the 2021 Campus Teachers of the Year. This group of individuals is one of the reasons #BISDShines so brightly in our community, state and nation. We are proud to honor you as part of the BISD family. #WeAreBirdvilleISD 


Molly Reyes, Binion Elementary 
Kris Fletcher, Birdville Elementary 
Nilsa Hernandez Pacheco, Cheney Elementary
Cindy Sawai, Foster Village Elementary
Abbie Symons, Francisco Elementary 
Darlene McCabe, Green Valley Elementary 
Katrina Kyser, Hardeman Elementary 
Beth Taylor, Holiday Heights Elementary 
Courtney Trevino, Mullendore Elementary 
John Seale, North Ridge Elementary 
Natalie Becknal, Porter Elementary 
Magaly Jackson, Richland Elementary
Kimberly Kime, Smith Elementary 
Courtney Maxwell, Smithfield Elementary 
Sally Frye, Snow Heights Elementary
Kathy Speers, Spicer Elementary 
Katterine Rojas Siu, Stowe Elementary 
Robin Le, Academy at C.F. Thomas Elementary 
Nicole Anderson, Walker Creek Elementary 
Randi Wheeler-Kurz, Watauga Elementary 
Kristin Autrey, West Birdville Elementary 


Veronica Schilowsky, Haltom Middle School 
Gina Chance, North Oaks Middle School 
Stacey Edwards, North Richland Middle School 
Sayde Smalls, North Ridge Middle School 
Malyn Bannister, Richland Middle School 
Aubrey Otero, Smithfield Middle School 
Ryan Ferrill, Watauga Middle School 


Joshua Gentry, Birdville Center of Technology and Advanced Learning 
Colby Blankenship, Birdville High School 
Cong Trinh, Haltom High School 
Chuck Wells, Richland High School 
Heather Kukuk, Shannon High School