New Tibbals Administration Shakes Hands with the Future
(Front, from left) Hermela Tamrat and Principal Jamie Fletcher (Back, from left) Melat Tamrat and Vice Principal Arley Barton.
New administration at Tibbals Elementary, Principal Jamie Fletcher and Vice Principal Arley Barton, held a well-attended meet-and-greet event, Popsicles in the Park. This was their third get-to-know-you event they held this summer. Fletcher said, “Mrs. Barton and I are both new and really wanted to start building relationships not only with our students, but with the Tibbals families. We also want the students to feel comfortable on the first day of school and for our faces to be familiar to them. What better way to do it than over a Popsicle!”
Fletcher graduated from Baylor University in 1999. Her first teaching job was as a third grade teacher in a tiny school district near Waco, Gholson ISD. She was there for six years before moving to Murphy, where she was a stay-at-home mom for four years. She was then hired at Groves Elementary in Wylie ISD as a first grade teacher. After two years at Groves, she went to Smith Elementary in WISD to teach third grade. Two years later, she was named as the assistant principal at Smith. She was the assistant principal for four years before being named as the principal at Tibbals.
Fletcher said, “Everything I heard about Tibbals was true. Mrs. Sarles has worked hard over the last 13 years building a strong foundation for academic success and it shows! The students, staff and families are everything one would want in starting at a new school. It is a wonderful blessing!”
Barton graduated from UNT in 2006 and started as a helping teacher in fifth grade at Bradfield Elementary in Garland ISD. The following year, she became the fifth grade science teacher at Bradfield. Over the course of the next five years, she taught fifth grade science for three years, fourth and fifth grade science for one year, and fifth grade math and science for one year along with obtaining her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. She transferred to Classical Center at Vial Elementary and taught fifth grade math and science for four years. During her last two years at Vial, she obtained her administrator certificate and participated in the Aspiring Administrator Academy that Garland offers. She said, “As much as I enjoyed elementary, I was intrigued by middle school, so I became an instructional coach for the math department at Lyles Middle School for the last two years I was in Garland. Now here I am at Tibbals Elementary!”
Thus far, Barton said her impressions are, “Tibbals is a great school with awesome community relationships already established. I look forward to building those relationships with our families as well. Everyone that I have met has been so welcoming and helpful. They have definitely helped with transitioning to Wylie easier. I can’t wait to see where this school year leads us! #tigerpride.”
Multiple upgrades and construction projects have been underway this summer at Tibbals. Fletcher explains, “It has been a wonderful summer for us at Tibbals! We were able to get all new carpet throughout the classrooms and hallways, as well as new flooring in the office and around the restroom areas. Just two weeks ago, construction began on the additional six classrooms being built at the north end of the school. We are grateful to the district for making the decision allowing construction to go ahead and begin now to avoid as much disruption as possible.”
There are 637 students currently enrolled for the 2018-19 school year. Last year, enrollment hovered around 665. This school year, there are 65 staff members, 37 of these are certified teachers. (Last year there were 38 certified teachers.)
If on the night of Popsicles in the Park, a passerby noticed this line of parents and children, they might have thought a jolly man from the North Pole would be the cause of the queue. Some people might think standing in line to see the principal is an action you want to avoid. However, on this unusually pleasant summer evening, as parents mingled with other parents in an orderly line formation, Tibbals Tigers played on the playground at Waters Edge Park, and for two hours, Fletcher and Arley shook hands with the future.