NEW LEADERSHIP NAMED FOR GISD CURRICULUM, SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS
April 12, 2021
Granbury ISD school board trustees approved appointments for new leadership in the district’s curriculum and special education departments at the April 12, 2021, monthly meeting.
New directors are Stacie Brown for the curriculum department and Shelly Curtsinger for the special education department.
”We are excited to promote both Stacie Brown and Shelly Curtsinger to these director positions and are excited about the knowledge and experience they bring to our team,” said superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn. “Both of these leaders will do a great job of building on the educational foundation that will keep Granbury ISD moving forward.”
The district’s new director of curriculum and instruction, Brown succeeds Sharon William who retired in January. Brown is currently the principal at the STEAM Academy at Mambrino and previously was principal at Brawner Intermediate School from 2009-2015.
With over 26 years in education, Brown began her career in 1994 as a teacher at Springdale Elementary School in Fort Worth. She joined GISD in 1999 as an instructional specialist at Acton Elementary School and later served as the school’s assistant principal for two years. Prior to taking the helm at Brawner in 2009, Brown worked in the curriculum department – first as an all-level math and science coordinator and then as an elementary coordinator serving all subject areas.
Brown earned a Master of Education in educational administration from Tarleton State University, and she received her bachelor’s degree from Radford University in Virginia. She was named Teacher of the Year for Springdale Elementary in 1998. Brown also received the Sue German Award for Excellence in 2005 and 2009 as recognition of her achievements as a trainer for the Abydos International writing program.
Trisha Suitt, who has served as interim director of curriculum, will be elevated to assistant curriculum director. She has worked in the department since 2013 as coordinator for federal programs and elementary education. Suitt previously served as principal at Nettie Baccus Elementary School and instructional specialist at both Acton Elementary School and Oak Woods School.
Shelly Curtsinger was named the district’s new special education director to succeed Diane Fullerton, who recently retired. Curtsinger has been the department’s interim director since January.
Curtsinger began her educational career in 1987 and has 33 years of experience. She taught for several years at the middle school, high school, and college level before becoming an educational diagnostician in 2003 for the Irving school district, where she worked for three years. Curtsinger came to Granbury ISD in 2006 as a diagnostician and later became the special education coordinator in 2016.
The new special education director holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Dallas and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Arlington.