Catherine Gregory

Celina ISD Makes Staffing Announcements

Recently, the Celina Independent School District named Laura R. Carter as the new Transportation Services Director. Carter begins her role with CISD on Monday, Nov. 27. Carter comes to CISD with more than 35 years of experience in Texas public schools, most recently as the Assistant Transportation Director in Rockwall ISD before joining Bobcat Nation. She has served in RISD in that capacity since 2018. Before RISD, she served in Greenville ISD as Transportation Coordinator beginning in 2008 and then was promoted to Transportation Director in 2011. Prior to GISD, Carter served Royse City ISD as a Routing Coordinator and bus driver from 2002 to 2007.

“We are excited to have Laura join our district,” Dr. Tom Maglisceau, Superintendent of Schools, said. “She brings best-in-class practices for student transportation, as well as a strong customer service background. As our district continues to experience exponential growth, we know Laura will be able to help our district serve our current students while preparing us for the future.”

Additionally, the district named Catherine Gregory as the Coordinator for Professional Learning. Gregory comes to CISD from Allen ISD where she currently serves as Coordinator for Strategic Initiatives. In her new role, she will partner with district leaders to help ensure high-quality professional development aligned to district goals. Gregory has served Allen ISD since 2013 in a myriad of roles, including math teacher and department math chair, instructional coach and instructional specialist. Before joining the AISD team, she served as a math teacher at Wylie High School and then at Rockwall-Heath High School. Gregory will begin in CISD on Monday, Nov. 27.

“Catherine is known for supporting administrators, specialists and teachers in all content areas to improve learning,” Dr. Maglisceau said. “As our district continues to grow and our student needs vary, we want to ensure our teachers and staff have the professional development necessary to ensure every Bobcat reaches their full potential. We are excited to have Catherine join our district.”

With these two announcements, the district has realigned two positions within the Teaching and Learning Department to provide better support for teachers and position the district for ongoing growth. These realigned positions will allow for a stronger PreK-12 curriculum alignment, which will help improve academic outcomes for students.

Lisa Burgin has been named the Director of Teaching and Learning, effective immediately. Prior to this announcement, Burgin served as Director for Elementary Education. Burgin has more than 30 years experience in education and is currently in her fourth year in CISD. 

“During my time in CISD, I have had the honor to work alongside our elementary teachers and provide resources in every PreK-5th grade classroom. Now, I am honored to serve all Bobcats, as well as ensure we continue to provide high-quality curriculum development, implementation, and support.”

Additionally, Lei Ann Stovall has shifted to Coordinator of Literacy for PreK-12. Stovall was the Elementary Literacy Coordinator before being named to her new role. Stovall has been in education for 28 years and is in her 12th year in CISD.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to support literacy development of PreK-12 students in Celina ISD,” Stovall said. “Literacy is a topic that I am passionate about and have devoted most of my career to improving the literacy of all learners.  I consider myself a learner and a teacher through and through, and I am excited to come work with our fabulous students and teachers to support, inspire, and empower them. Go Read, and Go BOBCATS!”

We would also like to welcome Raquel Pierce to CISD central office as our new receptionist and administrative support to our business and technology offices. Pierce begins her new role on Monday, Nov. 27. She has been a Bobcat for three years and currently serves as the administrative assistant at Martin Elementary School.

“I look forward to continuing to serve our Bobcats in this new role,” Raquel Pierce said. “I am excited to provide support that impacts all learners in our district.”