Houston ISD recently named new principals at some area schools.
Amanda Sebba is the new principal at Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet, 901 Sue Barnett Dr., and Juanette Green has the top spot at M.C. Williams Middle School, 6100 Knox St.
On the elementary school front, Bettina McKinney will be the principal next year at Highland Heights Elementary School, 865 Paul Quinn St., and Marcie Coleman will step into the role at Wainwright Elementary, 5330 Milwee St.
John Flowers is leaving Highland Heights Elementary to become the new principal of High School Ahead Academy, 5320 Yale St.
Sebba most recently served as the assistant principal at Braeburn Elementary for the past four years. An HISD news release said Sebba helped lead the school to academic gains in several areas, including reading, math and writing.
HISD also credits Sebba for spearheading efforts to strengthen protocols around interventions and data analysis during a time the school community was displaced for three years due to Hurricane Harvey damage.
Prior to her work at Braeburn, Sebba served as an instructional coach where she focused on providing individualized feedback and professional development for teachers. She began her career as a fifth-grade teacher at Bonner Elementary in HISD.
Sebba earned her bachelor’s degree at Columbia University and her master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Green most recently served as principal of Hines Caldwell Elementary. She joined HISD in 2014, when she served as dean of instruction at Hartman Middle School.
Green began her career in 2005 as a middle school teacher in North Carolina. In 2011, she became an assistant principal at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts, a grade 6-12 public magnet school in Guilford County Schools.
She earned her bachelor's degree in international business from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and her master's in teaching from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Green returned to UNCG for her post-master’s certification in school administration.
McKinney comes from Dogan Elementary, where she most recently served as an assistant principal. She also began her career at Dogan as a fifth-grade science teacher.
In between, she worked at Patterson Elementary, Whidby Elementary and Key Middle School.
McKinney holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Lamar University and a master's in educational administration from the University of St. Thomas.
Coleman’s new job was announced on Twitter by HISD school support officer Siomara Saenz-Phillips. She comes to Wainwright from MacGregor Elementary, a music and fine arts magnet, where she served as assistant principal and was recently named Northwest Area Assistant Principal of the Year.
Coleman introduced herself to the Wainwright community on a Facebook Live event where she described herself as a servant leader.
She said she began her HISD career as a pre-kindergarten teacher and worked as an interventionist and an instructional specialist.
“Each role has shaped me and developed me to take on this new adventure,” she said.
Flowers, who most recently served as principal of Highland Heights Elementary, began his career at Hohl Elementary as a second-and third-grade teacher.
He then served as the instructional coordinator at DeChaumes and Roosevelt elementary schools. Flowers holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Prairie View A&M University and a master’s in educational leadership from Lamar University.