Haltom High School Principal Announced

E. Dion Varnado, Ed.D.

Birdville ISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Brown announced the appointment of E. Dion Varnado, Ed.D., as principal of Haltom High School. He is replacing David Hamilton, who accepted a position with the Region 12 Education Service Center in Waco. 

Varnado has been principal at M.L. King Middle School with Beaumont ISD since 2016. Prior to Beaumont, he was an assistant principal at Lancaster High School with Lancaster ISD from 2013–16, principal at Barnett Junior High with Arlington ISD from 2010–13, and academic associate principal at Mansfield High School with Mansfield ISD from 2008–10. He has been in various other administrative and teaching positions since 1999. 

He earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, master’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, and doctorate degree from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. 

Two Principals Appointments Announced

Birdville ISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Brown announced the appointments of Chad Paris as principal of W.A. Porter Elementary and Jody Fadely as principal at Richland Middle School. Paris is replacing Greg Bicknell, who was recently named assistant director of student services; and Fadely is replacing Mark McCanlies, who was recently named principal at Richland High School. 

Chad Paris

Paris has been the full-time assistant principal at Porter Elementary since 2017. Prior to 2017, he split time as assistant principal between Richland and Porter elementary schools from 2015–17, and assistant principal at Binion Elementary from 2010–15. Paris also taught at Hardeman Elementary from 2008–10 and North Ridge Elementary from 1997–2007. 

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and master’s degree from Dallas Baptist University. 

Jody Fadley

Fadely has been the principal at Foster Village Elementary since 2016. Prior to Foster Village, she was principal at Brown Middle School in Forney ISD from 2008–16, assistant principal at T.H. McDonald Junior High School in Katy ISD from 2000–08, assistant principal at Mayde Creek Elementary in Katy ISD from July 1998–2000, and assistant principal at Splendora Intermediate School in Splendora ISD from 1991–98. Fadely also has nine years teaching experience in grades 4-8. 

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University and master’s degree from The University of North Texas. 

Trustees Approve Administrative Appointment

At their regular meeting, Birdville ISD’s Board of Trustees approved the administrative appointments of Katie Moran as principal of Grace E. Hardeman Elementary School. Moran is replacing Lindi Talbott, who is also retiring at the end of the school year.

She has been an assistant principal at Mullendore Elementary School since 2015. Prior to being full-time at Mullendore, she was an assistant principal between Cheney and Mullendore elementary schools from 2013–15; a Title I reading teacher at Birdville Elementary from 2012–13; and a teacher at Birdville Elementary from 2002–12.

Moran earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and master’s degree from Dallas Baptist University.

Trustees Announce Holiday Heights Elementary Principal


At their regular meeting, Birdville ISD’s Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Mike Dukes as principal of Holiday Heights Elementary. He is replacing Michael Wamsley, who recently left the District.

Dukes retired from Birdville in August 2015. Dukes was principal at Snow Heights Elementary from 2010–15, and principal at Spicer Elementary from 1999–2010.

He received his master’s degree in educational administration from the University of North Texas and his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Trustees Approve North Oaks Middle School Principal


At a special called meeting, Birdville ISD’s Board of Trustees approved Jennifer M. Klaerner, Ph.D., as principal of North Oaks Middle School. She is replacing Bob Koerner, Ed.D., who recently took a position with another district.

Klaerner began her career in 2006 as a math teacher at Haltom High School. She then became the campus testing coordinator from 2009–2012, and most recently, the dean of instruction from 2012 to present.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, master’s degree from Dallas Baptist University, and doctorate from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Board approves two administrative appointments

At their regular board meeting, the Birdville ISD Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Cecil “Skip” Baskerville as associate superintendent for human resources, governance, and support services and Darrell Brown as principal of Major Cheney Elementary at South Birdville. Baskerville will replace Joe Cammarata, who is retiring from BISD, and Darrell Brown will replace Han Arthurs, who took a position in BISD’s Special Education Department.


Baskerville has worked in education for more than 20 years. He began his career in 1996 in Stafford ISD. Baskerville was a coordinator of human resources from 2002–16 and currently serves as interim executive director of human resources in Katy ISD.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1995 and two master’s degrees from Houston Baptist University in 1999. He holds a mid-management certification.


Darrell Brown

Brown began his career in 1991 as a teacher in Northwest ISD. He then moved to Ponder ISD, where he taught for five years. Brown returned to Northwest as a teacher at Northwest High School from 1997 to 2000, was Pentamation Finance coordinator from 2000 to 2001, and director of curriculum and technology from 2001 to 2005. He has also worked in Lewisville ISD from 2005 to 2008, Carroll ISD from 2008 to 2011, Eagle-Mountain Saginaw ISD from 2011 to 2014, and most recently, as director for curriculum for HEB ISD from 2014 to present.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University and master’s degree from Southwestern Seminary.

Both Baskerville and Brown will begin in BISD in July.