November 19, 2018
Good morning to the Mora Family;
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we should be grateful for what we have. As we progress into the season, we will see displays throughout the halls to highlight our students’ successes. Last week we enjoyed the turkey dinner that was prepared by our wonderful cafeteria staff. The dinner was great, and I truly enjoyed it. During our Thanksgiving break we should feel with our hearts, a strong sense of gratitude for those in our lives.
What a great family that I have joined with the Mora Independent School District. I am beginning to see the dedication to the students that we serve daily. Please understand that I appreciate your hard work. Their success reflects the commitment you demonstrate as an instructional leader within the classroom and district. The students are the reason that we are here.
I am thankful for your creativity and innovation, your patience and kindness, your devotion and determination. We share so much each school year, laughter, tears, success, disappointment, frustration and satisfaction. Together, we persevere on a mission of utmost importance. Future generations are counting on us!
As we move forward together, I understand that my character and reputation have come into question. Please be assured that everything you see and hear is not accurate. I am proud of my accomplishments. My former school, Elder Middle School, was the second largest in the Ft. Worth District with 1,200 students and 120 faculty and staff. Before I was Principal, it had a 55% performing rate and under my tenure increased to 98%.
Having been in education since 1989, I have worked hard to earn a highly respected reputation. I am known as a problem solver that was hired to work in the worst performing schools in Texas and Oklahoma. My job was to bring these schools up academically to meet State and Federal standards. In 1995 I completed my Superintendent Internship with the Dallas Independent School District. I worked on the committee that passed a $1.5-billion bond. We also opened sixteen new schools to meet the needs of the 155,000 students. DISD was the largest employer in the city of Dallas, TX.
In 2008, I graduated with a Doctorate degree from New Mexico State University in Curriculum and Instruction. I love conducting professional development to enhance teachers’ instructional strategies. This is my passion and it works because every school I lead always has growth. As an administrator in large urban school districts, I relied on support and hard work of both teachers, staff and students to move the school forward academically. Before moving to Fort Worth, I was Principal at Hamilton Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was one the worst performing schools in the State with only a 17% passing rate. In 2 years, the school was recognized by the State of Oklahoma for moving to 59% passing with the largest academic gains. A great honor I had is when five teachers from Tulsa moved to Fort Worth, to work under my leadership. How many of your past leaders would you follow?
Please review this partial list of my accomplishments, committees, and certifications that I have acquired throughout my career. Administrative Certifications: New Mexico Level 3 Prek-12 Administrative License (Expires 2022); New Mexico Level 3 Instructional Leader Prek-12 Special Ed, (Expires 2022); Oklahoma Superintendent, (Expires 2022); Oklahoma Special Education - K-12, (Expires 2022); Texas Mid-Management Certificate – (Life) Texas Teaching Certificate - Special Education, Pre K-12-(Life); Educational Certifications Diploma in Six Sigma (2015); Diploma in Human Resources (2015); Diploma in Quality Management (2015); DuPont Training, Total Quality Management, Volunteer Activities: Rotary Assistant District Governor (2018-2019); Ruidoso Rotary Club President (2018-2019); Ruidoso Rotary Board- President Elect (2017-2018); Ruidoso Rotary Board- Membership Director (2016-2017); Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Blanca Board Member (2014-2015); North Fort Worth Rotary Club Member (2008-2013); Cambridge Strategic Committee (2009-2010); FWISD District Business Committee (2008-2010); FWISD Secondary Principal’s Advisory Committee (2008-2009); FWISD Administrators’ Association (2006-2010); Junior League of Tulsa (2004-2006); Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (2000-2006); PTA Board (1989-2018 various Schools); Dallas School Administrators Association, Superintendent Advisory Committee, Clint ISD, Rotary Paul Harris Fellow (2017, 2018); Cambridge Who’s Who (2010); Cambridge Think Tank Committee (2008-2010); TEA Recognized School Academic Achievement (2007-2010); Associations of Office Professionals (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007); FWISD Parent Engagement (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007); State of Oklahoma Highest Academic Gains for a Low Performing School (2005 & 2006); New Mexico State University EMD Department (2003, 2004). I invite you to come and view my professional vita at any time.
Lastly, as a dedicated Rotarian for over 10 years, I strive and live by the four-way test. Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendship? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? I have also received 3 Paul Harris Fellows. This is one of the highest honors a Rotarian can receive. I love giving back to the community by demonstrating “Service above Self”.
I appreciate you taking the time to read this lengthy letter, and know I truly am grateful that I am a part of the Mora family. I wish you and yours a fulfilling (and filling) Thanksgiving, and a wonderful and safe holiday season.
Dr. Carla Spaniel, Interim Superintendent Mora ISD
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