Tabitha Branum, who has worked in Coppell ISD for the past 8 years as a teacher,
curriculum director and currently as associate principal at Coppell High School, has
been named the new Principal/Director of the choice high school to open fall of 2008. Credentials for Ms. Branum include: a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in history and a minor in secondary education from The University of North Texas, a Master of Education degree with a major in educational administration from The University of North Texas, and her principal certification through the state of Texas. Branum, also a member of the Pinnacle 2010 committee that worked on recommendations for the design of the choice school, will assume the position full-time in January 2008.
"Ms. Branum will be a dynamic leader of this 21st century model high school," says
Superintendent Jeff Turner. "She has the benefit of contributing to the shared vision of the
Pinnacle committee and is dedicated to a mutually beneficial relationship between the choice
high school and Coppell High School."
Branum says the opportunity is bittersweet. "I am simultaneously sad about leaving Coppell
High School and excited about this chance to serve the students of CISD at this new school."
Because the district is partnering with New Technology Foundation (NTF), Branum has been
able to participate in a week-long principal residency at the original New Technology High
School in Napa Valley, CA and at the Sacramento New Tech HS site under the tutelage of
the 9-year veteran principal of Napa New Technology HS, Mark Morrison now Director of Leadership Development for NTF.
Ms. Branum has been impressed with the training and with the school noting, "It is gratifying
to see the vision of the Coppell community and the Pinnacle committee in action here at
Napa New Tech and at Sacramento New Tech! When I talk to these students and observe
the student workplace culture here, I get very excited about being able to offer this type of
educational choice to our students. With this option available, we will have two great high
school choices for Coppell students."