BISD Announces Watauga Elementary Principal

Jennifer Martin

Birdville ISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Brown announced the appointment of Jennifer Martin as principal of Watauga Elementary. She is replacing Sarah Upchurch who was named BISD’s Coordinator of Professional Learning on Thursday, March 25. 

Martin has been principal of David E. Smith Elementary since July 2017. Prior to joining Smith Elementary, she was assistant principal at West Birdville Elementary from  

2013–17 and was a math interventionist at West Birdville from 2010–13. Martin was a second- and third-grade teacher at Foster Village Elementary from 2005–10. 

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

Author Matt Cordell Speaks to BISD Students


Matt Cordell, an award-winning author, recently spoke to students at Holiday Heights, Porter, Walker Creek, Watauga, and West Birdville elementary schools. Cordell was recently awarded the Caldecott Medal, one of the most prestigious awards given to children’s book authors, for his book Wolf in the Snow.

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North Ridge Middle Wildcats and Birdville Hawks Help Watauga Elementary Wildcats

North Ridge Middle School Wildcats participating in Mark Rue’s Project Lead the Way-Gateway to Technology class recently assembled, sanded, and painted dismissal signs for Watauga Elementary. Additionally, Birdville Hawks Cecilia Cortez and Hannah Finch donated their time to paint Watauga Elementary teachers’ names and text on the dismissal signs.

Watauga Elementary Wildcats Cloe and Cameron Cortez thank Mark Rue, North Ridge Middle School’s PLTW-Gateway to Technology teacher, and his students for their work on the Watauga Elementary dismissal signs. #WeAreBirdvilleISD #BISDShines

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Trustees Approve Watauga Elementary School Principal


At their regular meeting, Birdville ISD’s Board of Trustees approved Sarah M. Upchurch as principal of Watauga Elementary School. She is replacing Justin Vercher, who recently accepted a new position in Northwest ISD.

Upchurch has been assistant principal at Watauga Elementary since 2010. Prior to Watauga, she was assistant principal at both Birdville and Smith elementary schools from 2007‒10; and a second-grade teacher from 2004‒07, first-grade teacher from 2003‒04, and fourth-grade teacher from 2001‒03 at Mullendore Elementary.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and master’s degree from Dallas Baptist University.