Southwestern Leadership Appointments

  • Good Shepherd Episcopal School (Austin, TX)

    Sheila Abio Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Sheila will join GSES after ten years as a Division Head at St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School in Kansas City. Prior to entering the Independent School world, she worked as a Family Advocate Specialist from 2007 -2008 at the Kansas City Public School District. Shiela began her career as a Community Support Specialist at a Mental Health facility. She has also held positions as an Intensive In-Home Specialist and the Director of Therapeutic Child Care Center. She holds a BA in psychology from Southern Methodist University, and MS in Counseling Psychology from Avila University, and an MA in Educational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University.

    Founded in 1945, Good Shepherd Episcopal School (“GSES”) is a parish day school ministry of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.  Located just west of downtown Austin, Texas, GSES currently serves 146 children from age two through Kindergarten and employs a staff and faculty of 32 professionals. GSES’ educational philosophy centers around a play-based, character-enriching early childhood program focused on educating the whole child. In 2015, the school opened a brand-new facility, completed as part of a $22 million, shared capital campaign with The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.

  • Greenhill School (Addison, TX)

    Lee Hark Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Lee will join Greenhill School following a ten-year tenure at Durham Academy in North Carolina, where he has served as Associate Head of School and Upper School Head. Previously, he served as Student Activities Director, Student Dean, and Asst. Upper School Head at Providence Day School, also in North Carolina. He has also held positions at Darlington School and Choate Rosemary Hall. Lee holds a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MEd in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.

    Greenhill School is the leading independent, co-educational day school in the greater Dallas area serving 1257 students in grades Pre-K through 12. Greenhill School provides a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum that involves the integration of academic, artistic, athletic and social service in a positive and open atmosphere.

  • Hockaday School (Dallas, TX)

    Karen Coleman Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Karen will join Hockaday following an extensive career in higher education. She began as a residential life officer at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and moved into an Asst. Residential Director role at University of Vermont. She later served as a Dean at George Washington University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. Her most recent office held was that of the Vice President of the University of Chicago. Karen holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MEd from the University of Vermont, and an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Hockaday School believes in the limitless potential of girls and develops resilient, confident women who are educated and inspired to lead lives of purpose and impact.

  • St. Clement’s Parish School (El Paso, TX)

    Frederick "Rick" Betts Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Rick comes to St. Clement’s Parish School following three years as Head of St. Benedict’s Episcopal Day School in Georgia. Previously he served, in turn, as Assistant Lower School Head, Lower School Head, Associate Head, and Acting Head at Holy Innocent’s Episcopal School. He began his career in education as a teacher at Pace Academy in Atlanta. Rick holds a BA from Presbyterian College and an MEd from The State University of West Georgia.

    Within a nurturing Christian environment, St. Clement’s Parish School provides a superior academic experience for a diverse student body by developing each child’s spiritual, moral, intellectual, artistic and physical growth.

  • St. Thomas High School (Houston, TX)

    Aaron Dominguez Principal, Appointed for 2017

    Aaron will join St. Thomas High School following a career in Texas public schools. He first began teaching in 2001, before being appointed Student Dean and eventually Principal of an elementary school. Aaron holds a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston.

    St. Thomas High School is a Roman Catholic college preparatory school for young men in grades 9-12. The school builds well-rounded, exemplary members of the community through a rigorous education, fraternal camaraderie, and consistent support from a community of over 10,000 alumni.

  • Trinity School of Midland (Midland, Texas)

    Shelby Hammer Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Shelby Hammer will join Trinity School of Midland after a 7-year tenure at River Oaks Baptist School in Houston. There, she served as Middle School Head from 2011-2017 and will serve as Assistant Head of School for Special Projects until her departure. Prior to River Oaks, Shelby was Head of Middle School at Highlands School in Alabama. She started her career as a teacher at the Randolph School in Alabama and has since held roles as a writer and communication specialist at a healthcare group as well as the Associate Dean of Faculty, Director of Financial Aid and Associate Director of Admission at Indian Springs School in Alabama. Shelby holds a BA in History from Duke, an MA in History from University of Alabama, and an M.Ed from Columbia University.

    Trinity School has been serving the needs of students and families in the Midland metropolitan area for nearly 60 years. Trinity has an enrollment of 600 students and is a mission-driven school, which means that Trinity makes significant decisions, such as hiring faculty and staff; selecting curricula that best meet the needs of our students; implementing school programs; and fostering the development of technology, the sports and arts programs, and many others–viewed through the lens of the school’s mission:  “The mission of Trinity School is to be a college preparatory community that provides a nurturing environment to enrich the mind, strengthen the body, enliven the soul, and inspire student leadership.”

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