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The Kennedale School District has new principals at three schools this year, although one is not new to the district as principal. Cari Blackstone has moved from Patterson Elementary to James Arthur Intermediate as principal. Taking her place at Patterson is Khourie Jones while Kari Pride takes over at James F Delaney Elementary.? {{more: continue …}}
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The following information about each were provided on campus websites.
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Khourie Jones – Principal R.F. Patterson Elementary …
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Ms. Jones graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a minor in psychology. In 2013, she earned a Master’s degree from Texas Christian University in special education along with receiving her Principal’s Certification. She is currently working on her doctorate in educational leadership from Texas Christian University.

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Ms. Jones is entering her 20th year in public education and has worked in Kennedale ISD for the past five years where she served as the Assistant Principal at James F. Delaney Elementary. She will now serve as the Principal of R.F. Patterson Elementary. Prior to working in administration, Ms. Jones had fourteen years of teaching experience in the area of special education.
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Ms. Jones is committed to a vision that provides an engaging child-centered environment that promotes creativity and innovative thinking. Our goal is to collaboratively maintain high expectations where ALL children experience maximum growth and success in their social, emotional, physical, and academic development.
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Kari Pride ? Principal James F Delaney Elementary …
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I am Kari Pride, the new principal at James F. Delaney Elementary, and I am absolutely thrilled to be here! We have had an exceptional start to the new school year and are anticipating great accomplishments and celebrations in the upcoming weeks and months!

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I am starting my 22nd year in education. Wow, that sounds like a lot! Although I am new to KISD, I have previously been a principal in AISD for the past 4 years, prior to that an assistant principal for 7 years, a school counselor for 5 years and a special education teacher for 5 years. In all of my various roles, my passion has been working with students and the school community to promote lifelong learners, positive citizenship and empowering students to reach their full potential.
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My other passion in life is my family. I have 3 amazing sons that I love spending my down time with: Richard who is 28 years old, Reid who is 26 years old and Ross who is 22 years old. In addition to my 3 sons, I have two furry family members – Bob the Cat and Bailey the dog.
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I look forward to a fantastic school year! I am so excited to be at James F. Delaney Elementary!

Cari Blackstone – Principal Jame A Arthur Intermediate …

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It is my pleasure to serve as Principal of James A. Arthur Intermediate. I served as Principal of R.F. Patterson Elementary for 6 wonderful years and I am excited for this next chapter at JAA.

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We have so many wonderful programs and activities for students to feel success as they learn and grow. The teachers and staff at James A. Arthur Intermediate work above and beyond to reach every student with their expertise in education.
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My experience in education is in the field of Special Education. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Texas Christian University. The first nine years of my career I taught various courses in the Special Education Department at Martin High School in Arlington. From there, I served as the Assistant Principal at Mary Moore Elementary in Arlington.
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My goal is for every student at James A. Arthur Intermediate to grow academically and learn great new things each year. The individual progress of each student unites the student body to excel to new levels of success.

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