Assistant Director of Student Services Announced

Greg Bicknell

Birdville ISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Brown announced the appointment of Greg Bicknell as assistant director of student services. He is replacing Lori Dazy, who is retiring at the end of the 2018–19 school year. 

Bicknell has been principal at Porter Elementary since 2013. Prior to Porter, he was principal at Smithfield Elementary from 2007–13, associate/assistant principal at Birdville High School from  

2003–07, assistant principal at North Richland Middle School from 2001–03, a teacher/coach at Haltom High School from 1996–2001, and a teacher/coach at Watauga Middle School from 1989–1996. 

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Texas. 

Trustees Announced Five Administrative Appointments

At their regular meeting, Birdville ISD’s Board of Trustees announced five administrative appointments. Joseph L. Showell, Ph.D. was named executive director of student services. He is replacing Dr. Rick Kempe, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Monica L. Uphoff, Ed.D. was named director of planning, assessment and research. She is replacing Dr. David Holland, who is retiring at the end of the school year. LeAnn D. Carroll was named director of counseling services. She is replacing Donna Layer, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Tamara Pope was named principal at Birdville Elementary. She is replacing Cheri Wagoner, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Nathan Frymark was named principal at Stowe Elementary. He is replacing Mike Moon who is taking another position in the District.

Joseph L. Showell, Ph.D. has been executive director of student services in Lancaster ISD since 2018. He also was principal at Lancaster High School from 2012–17. Prior to Lancaster, he was an administrator and principal in Grand Prairie ISD from 2007–2012; principal and dean of instruction in Dallas ISD from 2001–2005; assistant principal and teacher/coach in Grapevine Colleyville ISD from 1996–2001; and teacher/coach in Hurst Euless Bedford ISD from 1993–96.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M Commerce, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Monica Uphoff

Monica L. Uphoff, Ed.D. has been the assistant director of assessment/coordinator of assessment in BISD since 2012. She also was an assistant consultant executive with HMH/Riverside from 2010–12; director of assessment and accountability with  Coppell ISD from 2007–10; secondary coordinator of mathematics in Denton ISD from 2006–07; and data analyst for research and evaluation, math skills specialist and teacher in Aldine ISD from 1989–2006.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Houston.

LeAnn Carroll

LeAnn D. Carroll has been the lead counselor at Haltom High School since 2010, and a counselor at Haltom since 2001. Prior to Haltom High, she was a secondary science teacher in Oklahoma from 1992–1999.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and master’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Tamara Pope

Tamara Pope has been assistant principal at Birdville Elementary since 2014. She split time as assistant principal between Birdville and Richland elementary school during the 2014–15 school year; third and fourth grades at Francisco Elementary from 2000–14; and elementary Spanish and fifth grade teacher at the Academy at C.F. Thomas from 1997–2000.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Wesleyan University and master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Nathan Frymark

Nathan Frymark, Ed.D. has been assistant principal at Haltom Middle School since 2016. Prior to Haltom Middle, he was the assistant principal at Stowe Elementary from 2015–16; assistant principal at Bowie Middle School in Irving ISD from 2013–15; dean of students at Austin Middle School in Irving ISD from 2012–13; and department chair, English as a second language teacher and Spanish teacher at Richland High School from 2008–12.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and master’s and doctorate degrees from Dallas Baptist University.