PTISD Welcomes New Assistant Superintendent to the Team

DDH HeadshotThe Pine Tree ISD School Board named Daya Hill, Ed.D. as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in a special board meeting, May 29, 2013.

“I am elated to join the PTISD community of lifelong learners.” said Hill. “I look forward to serving as a member of an organization that encourages innovation and embraces academic excellence and high standards for all.”

Dr. Hill is currently serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Center Independent School District.  She assumes her role at PTISD starting in July.

During a seventeen year career in both the public school and university setting, she has served in various instructional and administrative capacities including district and campus level administration, program coordination, and direct instruction.  Dr. Hill received a Bachelors degree with an emphasis in Mathematics and a Masters degree from Texas A&M University-Texarkana.  She received certificates to serve as Texas Principal and Superintendent also at TAMU Texarkana.

In 2010, Dr. Hill earned a Doctorate degree in Education in the area of Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Areas of interest include curriculum alignment, disaggregating standardized test results, and deconstructing test items. She received Curriculum Management Audit training in Tuscan, Arizona, and in 2006 served on audits in Washington, Missouri and Texas.

“We welcome Dr. Hill to Pine Tree ISD,” said Dr. TJ Farler, Superintendent of Schools.  “She brings with her significant skill and experience along with a fresh perspective.  The core business of any school district is the delivery of instruction and the implementation of a research-driven curriculum. Dr. Hill has the important task of monitoring and supporting all instructional initiatives designed to improve the academic performance, and achievement for grades K-12.  We believe she will greatly enrich our team. Her leadership abilities will help our district reach the goal of academic excellence for all.”

Hill succeeds Dr. Nate Carman, who resigned in May to serve as Superintendent of Schools in Teage ISD.

Board of Trustees Reorganize Leadership

Three Pine Tree ISD Trustees were sworn in at the May 20th special Board meeting.  Official election results were canvassed, showing that voters re-elected incumbents, Terre Dunn, Place 4 and Charley Peck, Place 5.  Voters also voted in Will Adamson for Place 3, which was vacated by Linda Davis, who resigned after serving the PT Board of Trustees for 6 years.

The Board also elected officers for 2013-2014 to include: Charley Peck, President; Terre Dunn, Vice-President; Pat Noon, Secretary.

For more information about the PTISD Board of Trustees, go to the District Webpage,

PTHS Academic UIL Team Returns Home with State Awards

download (1)The students in the Pine Tree High School UIL Academic Team returned to Longview this week from the Austin State competition with accolades and awards.

The Calculator team won the First Place 4A award for state.  Members of the team are Amanda Wallin, Beth Jones, Davin Siu, and Lindsey Sutton.  Amanda Wallin placed 1st as an individual in Calculator and Beth Jones placed 6th  as an individual.

The  Number Sense team placed 2nd in state competition. The Number Sense team members are: Ginah Han, Jaeho Han, Davin Siu, and Amanda Wallin. Jason Zhang earned 2nd place in Computer Applications, and Sarah Wood earned 5th in Headline Writing.    Mathematics and Science is coached by Bonnie Edmund, Computer Applications is coached by Wendy Carter and Journalism by Susan Duncan.

“We are so proud of these students and their accomplishments,” said Principal Cindy Gabehart.  “The students and their teachers devote a great amount of time and effort to reach these goals, so we are very proud that they are recognized in this way.  As our students know, the benefits and rewards of competition such as this are only possible through the dedicated partnership of their teachers and parents. We are grateful to have this support in Pine Tree ISD.”

Vanessa Robinson Named Principal for PT Junior High

V. RobinsonThe Pine Tree ISD School Board named Vanessa Robinson as principal of Pine Tree Junior High School in a special board meeting, May 20, 2013.  Robinson, is a native of Longview and completed her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and Master of Education in Leadership from University of Texas at Tyler.

“I am honored to have been selected as the new principal for the Pine Tree Junior High School,” said Robinson. “Pine Tree not new to me.  I have two daughters, Casey and Amber, who began Kindergarten in Pine Tree ISD and continued their education here through graduation. I believe that all students can be successful when family members, teachers and administrators work together as a team.”

She brings with her 16  years of experience in education: three years as an education counselor with the federal TRIO program, eight years teaching Math and Science at the Middle school level, and two years as an assistant principal at the Pine Tree Junior High School. The last three years, she has served as an assistant principal at Pine Tree High School.

“We are very happy to announce that Vanessa Robinson will serve as principal at Pine Tree Junior High campus,” said Dr. TJ Farler, Superintendent of Schools.  “She is an outstanding leader who will continue to build on the strengths of the campus and the district, by advancing a strong vision for the students and staff.”

Robinson succeeds Clay Gillentine as principal, who resigned earlier this month.

Holiday Closing for Memorial Day Weekend

Pine Tree ISD campuses, tax office and central administration will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

Classes and offices will resume business on Tuesday, May 28th.  Save the date for ExCEL High School graduation, May 30th and Pine Tree High School Graduation, Friday, May 31st, which is also the last day of school for all students.


PTISD School Board Election 2013-Unofficial Results

School Board Election:

Following the closing of the polls, unofficial election results show voters reelected incumbents, Terre Dunn, Place 4 and Charley Peck, Place 5.  Voters also voted in Will Adamson for Place 3, which was vacated by Linda Davis, who resigned after serving the PT Board of Trustees for 6 years.

Elections results will become official upon canvassing at the May 20, 2013, School Board Meeting.

Place 3
Will Adamson – 657
Barton Lee Owens Sr. – 194

Place 4
Terre Dunn – 686

Place 5
Charley Peck – 663


Donation of Trees Planted at PTJH

Pine Tree Junior High campus was the recipient of a generous donation of five trees, which were planted by the Junior High School students in Communities In Schools for Arbor Day. The students plan to take turns watering the trees twice a day for the rest of the year.

“We wanted to give back to the school,” said Taylor Goggans, Community in Schools Site Coordinator.  “We appreciate the partnership with Lowes to make this happen.”

Pine Tree’s Alley, Hallsville’s Jackson Bound for State

brycePine Tree’s Bryce Alley finished second and Hallsville’s Devin Jackson tied for third at the Class 4A Region II Golf Tournament — both players earning trips to the UIL State Golf Tournament with their performances.  Alley finished two shots back of Highland Park’s Scottie Scheffler to earn his second straight trip to the state tournament. Scheffler had rounds of 70 and 68 for a 138, and Alley followed Tuesday’s 72 with a 68 on Wednesday for a 140.

Jackson had rounds of 71 and 75 for a 146 to tie Charlie Click of Highland Park.  The event took place at Waterchase Golf Club.  Highland Park Blue won the team title with a 581. Highland Park Gold and Prosper finished with 613s. Texas High was sixth (632), Sulphur Springs seventh (641), Whitehouse eighth (646) and Lindale 10th (666).  The UIL State Golf Tournament is set for April 29-30 at the Onion Creek Club Golf Course in Austin.  Fans can keep up with Bryce as he competes in the state golf tournament today and tomorrow.  He starts April 29th at 10:12am, and scores are updated every 3 holes.  Go to this link and then to Boys – 4A:

Banquet Celebrates Outstanding Pine Tree ISD Educators

PTHonors8The PT Education Foundation will host a dinner in honor of a select group of Pine Tree teachers tonight, April 25, 2013 at 6:30pm at the PTHS Pirate Center.  This event is the culminating activity of a yearlong celebration of the Pine Tree ISD Teachers of the Year, and recently awarded Beacon Teachers.  New this year will be a recognition of teachers retiring from Pine Tree ISD.  VIEW PHOTOS.

2012-2013 Teacher Honorees include:

Teacher of the Year

Primary Campus- Lori Ashby*

Elementary- Rachel Benton

Intermediate Campus- Rhonda Chinn

Middle School Campus- Susan Curtis

Junior High Campus – Karen Darby

High School Campus- Bonnie Edmund**

*District Elementary Teacher of the Year- Lori Ashby

**District Secondary Teacher of the Year- Bonnie Edmund


2012-2013 Beacon Award Winners

Primary Campus: Student- Zahira Ramirez; Teacher- Esther Zaragoza

Elementary Campus:  Student- Jamie Green; Teacher- Charlotte Haygood 

Intermediate Campus:  Student- Afoma Muojekwu; Teacher- Suzanne Fry

Middle School Campus:  Student- Sarah Grissett; Teacher- Susan Curtis

Junior High Campus:  Student- Joel Ramirez; Teacher- Mark Perry

ExCEL/PACE Campuses:  Student- Maria Lopez; Teacher- Debbie Jackson

High School Campus:  Student- Evan Estes; Teacher- Dana Walters, and

Student- Makenzie Smith; Teacher- Dr. Joe Kirchoff

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