Leadership Staff

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    Darla Williams | Assistant Superintendent 

    Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Federal Programs & District Testing Coordinator

    Mrs. Darla Williams is Assistant Superintendent, having served in the role since 2015.  She is responsible for Curriculum & Instruction, Federal Programs and is the District Testing Coordinator.  Mrs. Williams provides leadership, service, and support to District staff, parents and the Howe community and helps to focus the educational environment, practices and programs of the District on student learning, helping to ensure that each student becomes a successful member of society. As District Testing Coordinator, Mrs. Williams coordinates the administration and processing of state- and federally-mandated assessments, provides training and support for site test coordinators and principals, and ensures that appropriate test administration and security procedures are followed at all testing sites.  She also provides guidance on changes to the state assessment program and coordinates online testing. Prior to joining Howe ISD in 2005, Mrs. Williams spent 11 years in the classroom teaching middle school and elementary school students, as well as coaching.  In addition, she served as Dean of Students before becoming Elementary Principal in 2010. Mrs. Williams earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from East Texas State University and Master of Science in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  She completed her Superintendent’s Certification Program at the University of North Texas. Mrs. Williams and her husband are the parents of two children.

     


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    Julie Snapp | Business Manager 

    Julie Snapp is a long-time resident of Howe and is a 1995 graduate of Howe High School.  She worked in banking while attending college and immediately following college graduation, and joined Howe ISD in April 2002.  She was named Howe ISD Business Manager in November 2006. In her current position, Mrs. Snapp oversees finances for the District including the evaluation of accounting procedures, systems and controls for all District departments and the recommendation of improvements in their design, implementation and maintenance, ensuring that business operations support the District’s goals and objectives.  In addition, she assists the superintendent in preparation of the annual budget; organizes and conducts the annual financial audit; and serves as both an investment officer for the District as well as an election official for school board elections. Mrs. Snapp received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University in August 1999.  She is also TASBO certified as a Registered Texas School Business Administrator (RTSBA). Mrs. Snapp and her husband are the proud parents of four children.

     


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    Brett Williams | Director of Operations

    Brett Williams has 12 years of experience as a classroom teacher and coach, certified in mathematics, physical education and business. He also has 11 years of experience being a campus principal. Mr. Williams graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and a Masters of Science in Education Administration. In addition he is also certified in Educational Administration and as a Superintendent. Mr. Williams is happy to join Howe ISD in the 2017-2018 school year and hopes to use his experience in education to better the district and to continue to grow and improve personally. Mr. Williams and his wife are the parents of two children. 

     


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    Joe Gandillon | Technology Director 

    Joe Gandillon began his career at Howe ISD as the District’s system administrator.  He quickly proved his knowledge and dedication to serve the students and staff of Howe ISD.  With over 18 years of diverse experience in the information technology career field, Joe Gandillon brought a new outlook to technology at Howe ISD. In June of 2016, Mr. Gandillon was appointed Director of Technology and currently works to ensure the stability of the network as well as to provide support for instructional technology within the classroom. His goal is to increase the effectiveness of learning, to increase students’ learning potential through innovative technology and to prepare the students of today for tomorrow.  With Mr. Gandillon’s vast knowledge in the field and his determination, he strives to make Howe ISD a better learning environment. Mr. Gandillon graduated in 2005 from Texas A&M University and was a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. 

     


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    Angie Liss | Band & Music Director

    Mrs. Liss is a long-time resident of Howe and is a 1984 graduate of Howe High School.  The Liss Family is definitely a Bulldog Family as almost her entire family graduated from Howe High School, including her husband, parents, brother, sister-in-law, daughter, son and all of her aunts and uncles. Mrs. Liss joined Howe ISD in 1994 and is currently the high school band director and elementary music teacher. Mrs. Liss graduated with honors from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in music therapy, with a triple major in music therapy, music, and psychology.  She is a member of the Association for Texas Small School Bands where she is currently serving on the executive board as the 3A State Representative, and is also a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.  She and her husband are the proud parents of four children.

     


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    Zach Hudson | Athletic Director 

    Zach Hudson joined Howe ISD in May, 2013 as Athletic Director, Head Football Coach.  Prior to joining Howe ISD, he was Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Weimar ISD and a teacher and coach at La Grange ISD.  As Athletic Director, he oversees all of the Howe ISD athletic programs and facilities. Mr. Hudson strives to maintain a team of coaches with special abilities in their fields who will teach individual and group skills. He and the coaching staff encourage participation in all sports and instill a love for competition. They all work hard to field the best possible teams, yet always keep the welfare of the student athlete uppermost in their minds.  Stressing the purpose of the Howe ISD athletic program as an aid to the total educational process in developing young men and women into good, sound citizens of our community, state, and nation, the philosophy of the Howe ISD athletic program will be built around the student athletes involved. During Mr. Hudson’s tenure, the Howe ISD program has won Bi-District and Area Championships each year from 2014 through 2016. Mr. Hudson has a Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems and a Master’s in Education from Texas A&M Commerce. Mr. Hudson and his wife are the proud parents of two daughters.

     


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    Melissa Atchison | Library Director 

    Melissa Atchison received her Master of Library Science in 2005.  In order to meet the librarian certification requirements in the state of Texas, she began working in Van Alstyne ISD as a 6th grade Language Arts teacher. Those two years turned into twelve as her classroom experience was both enjoyable and fulfilling.  While attending the Texas Association of School Library Administrators (TASLA) conference in Austin in 2015, she realized that the library really was her first love and that she needed to go back to her original plan.  She was named Library Director for Howe ISD and the Howe Community Library in August, 2016. Mrs. Atchison has worked on keeping her library certification through CPE coursework over the years and has maintained a close network with school librarians. Her position in Howe is fairly unique as it is a school library that also serves the community, and she is enjoying the partnership and the happy situation of being able to experience the best of both worlds – while helping the students grow in literacy and knowledge during this exciting time of growth at Howe ISD. Mrs. Atchison and her husband have lived in Van Alstyne since 1994, where they raised two daughters.