Leander ISD’s nearly-completed 27th elementary school, located in the Larkspur development, has its principal.
Leander ISD Superintendent Dan Troxell announced late last month that Tracie Montanio, current principal of the district’s Westside Elementary, will become the principal at the still-unnamed school.
“I am proud to welcome Tracie as the inaugural leader of LISD’s new elementary school,” Troxell said. “Tracie has demonstrated an ability to create a campus learning culture that sets high expectations and promotes learning for all students, teachers and staff. I am confident she will cultivate a positive learning environment that will establish a strong foundation for this campus.”
Elementary School 27 is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. Neighborhood codes 110, 1005 and 1110 previously zoned for Plain Elementary School will attend Elementary School 27.
A district release stated that Montanio has worked her entire educational career in Leander ISD, beginning as a teacher at Giddens Elementary in 2004 and later serving as an instructional coach at the same campus. In 2012, she joined River Place Elementary School as an assistant principal. Montanio has been the principal of Westside Elementary School since 2014.
“I am beyond excited for this opportunity to partner with the community to open a wonderful new school,” Montanio said. “I look forward to building traditions, a positive school culture and high expectations for students. I have no doubt that together we can create another amazing school in Leander ISD!”
Montanio earned a bachelor’s degree in education — and later dual master’s degrees in elementary education and educational leadership — from Texas State University.
The district release also stated, “LISD is committed to ensuring that Westside is in good hands and will begin working to find Westside’s next leader.”
Montanio will remain at Westside during the transition and will begin her new role as the principal of Elementary School 27 on Jan. 7.