Texas City Independent School District is pleased to announce some promotions and title changes for the 2014-15 school year. 

Susan Myers has a new role as deputy superintendent. Myers has faithfully served the district for 33 years. Her knowledge, experience and wisdom enhance the instructional programs and the operations of the district. She will serve as “second in command” to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cynthia Lusignolo. She will continue as the chief instructional officer in the area of curriculum and instruction. Under her leadership, the district looks forward to continued improvement in our instructional programs and student achievement.

Marcus Higgs will join the senior level of the district’s administrative team as assistant superintendent of human resources after serving as director of human resources for the last nine years. He possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience that results in the smooth operation of his department, and that is no small endeavor in a district of about 875 employees. Before coming to central administration, Higgs served as an assistant principal and then 9th Grade Center principal at Texas City High School.

Dr. Terri Burchfield, who serves as the director of special programs, will have the title of executive director of instruction programs. She will continue to oversee the bilingual and federal programs, compensatory education, summer school, accountability, Gifted and Talented and advanced academics like pre-AP and AP programs. 

She has been in the district for 14 years. Ten of those years were in campus administration at Kohfeldt Elementary, and the last four have been in central administration. Her career in education spans 24 years.

Texas City High School Assistant Principal Courtney Ramirez will take on the role of dean of instruction. In her new position, Ramirez will supervise the testing coordinator, adjust the master schedule and supervise credit recovery and tutorial programs. She will support Principal Holly LaRoe in improving scores in English, algebra, biology and U.S. history.  

A Texas City High School graduate, Ramirez joined the district professionally in 2010 as the instructional specialist for secondary math. In 2011, she became an assistant principal at Levi Fry Intermediate. This past school year, she moved to assistant principal at Texas City High School. Ramirez’s 13-year career in education also includes teaching math and science in Dickinson ISD.

Blocker Middle School Assistant Principal Thad Spears will be Texas City High School’s assistant principal working with seniors. Spears had been an assistant principal at Blocker since 2007. He previously taught at Blocker before earning his master’s degree from the University of Houston at Clear Lake and becoming an administrator. 

Spears was the 2013 president of the Texas Middle School Association, a large professional organization in Texas. He also is a committee member on the Texas Schools to Watch.

Melissa Tortorici is the Director of Communications for Texas City ISD.

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