Nacogdoches ISD made two key hires Thursday night when they approved Jonathon Kegler as the Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary School principal and Tim Mullican as Early College High School coordinator.
Both Kegler and Mullican take on new positions within the schools they already serve.
For the past year, Kegler as the BQJ assistant principal has learned the ropes of his new position from interim principal Janis Compton.
“It has been such a positive experience working with Jonathon,” Compton said. “He is dedicated to the service of children and one of the finest young administrators I have ever met. His knowledge of best practices and belief in servant leadership combine to provide ongoing support for teachers and an engaging learning environment for children. Students love and respect him and perform to their highest abilities because they know he truly cares about each one. “
The hiring committee selected Kegler from 17 applicants.
“This young man is talented,” said G.W. Neal, NISD assistant superintendent of elementary instruction. “He is committed to the BQJ campus, and that commitment will go a long way. He is focused on the team and his decision are student-centered.”
Compton came out of retirement in late October to serve as interim when the late Rachel Johnson became ill and could no longer work.
All but one year of Kegler’s career has been with BQJ where he has taught for three years and worked for the last year as an assistant principal. He also taught for one year at Port Arthur ISD.
The new Early College High School coordinator brings a wide knowledge base that made him the right person for the job.
NISD assistant superintendent of secondary instruction Ronny Knox noted Mullican’s connections to Nacogdoches, ability to work well with students and parents but most of all, understanding the target age group for the ECHS program.
Knox said as a 20-year NISD math teacher, assistant principal and ninth grade center assistant principal, Mullican “brings a ton of knowledge about high school freshmen.”
That grade is a pivotal one for the ECHS program, which selects qualifying ninth-grade students through a lottery system and allows them to take one college course each semester at Stephen F. Austin State University. Those students can continue taking courses at SFA through out their high school career.
Mullican was one of five applicants for the position.
“We wanted someone to continue our partnership with SFA,” Knox said. “Tim is extremely familiar with the concept of ECHS, and he believes in the program.”
ECHS is in its first year at Nacogdoches High School.
A grant through the Texas Guarantee Fund helps fund books, tuition, teacher professional development and enrichment trips for the students. While in high school, ECHS participants can earn as many as 60 college hours.