GISD Announces New GJH Leadership Team
GISD is proud to announce the new administrative team at Gainesville Junior High. Krista Beal will take the lead of the campus as Principal and Hokkina Hong will join GJH as the Assistant Principal.
Beal is not a new face to GJH as she has been a leader at the campus for the past two years, first as Assistant Principal and then Associate Principal. Principal David Glancy has accepted the Principal position at Gainesville High School.
“It has been a tremendous learning opportunity to work with Mr. Glancy these past two years,” Beal said. “He has set a high standard of excellence for the staff, students and parents that we will continue to strive for and work towards every day.
Prior to coming to GJH, Beal was the Dean of Instruction at Chalmers Elementary for one year and her teaching career of 8 years included Grapevine-Colleyville, GISD, and Whitesboro teaching 3rd and 4th grade.
Beal stated she is “honored” for the new opportunity to serve as the Principal of Gainesville Junior High. “I am blessed to work with a wonderful team of leaders and teachers at GJHS that support and care for each other and our students,” Beal said.
Although not new to GISD, Hokkina Hong is new to the role of campus leader. Hong previously taught Special Education at GHS for two years, including the role of Department Chair his second year. Hong left GHS to work with Wise County Shared Services as a Life Skills teacher at Bridgeport High School. This past February, he assumed the position of Acting Behavior Coordinator with WCSS.
“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to come back to where my education career started,” Hong said. “The two years I was gone, I missed the town of Gainesville and missed the diversity of the school. I am ready to get back here.”
Hong earned his degree from Old Dominion University, followed by a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M - Commerce and in May obtained a Principal certification.
Hong also is looking forward to working with Mrs. Beal and learning the ropes under her guidance. “There will be a learning curve, but I’m not afraid to ask questions and to grow in the process.”