Dr. John Villarreal, a 19-year education veteran with experience as an elementary and secondary school principal, was named Carroll’s Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Monday. He was recommended from among nearly 200 applicants who applied for the Carroll vacancy. In his new position, Dr. Villarreal will supervise Principals, Teaching & Learning Services, Special Programs and Technology.
“We are excited about adding Dr. Villarreal to our leadership team,” said Superintendent David J. Faltys. “He comes to us highly regarded, with experience as a former classroom teacher and coach, as well as an elementary and secondary school principal.”
Dr. Villarreal was named Region 12 Advocate of the Gifted in 2011 and has experience supervising curriculum and instruction, advanced academics, special programs, bilingual and ESL programs, as well as having a background in school and departmental budgeting using program evaluations.
“His supervision of campus-wide planning and accountability will be important as Carroll moves forward with ensuring excellence in the midst of a state funding crisis,” Dr. Faltys said.
Dr. Villarreal graduated from Tarleton State University with his Doctorate of Education in April 2011. He received his Bachelor of Behavioral Science with a minor in English from Hardin-Simmons University, where he also earned a Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development. He holds a Masters of Education in Educational Administration from Tarleton State and earned his Superintendent’s certification from there, as well.
Most recently Dr. Villarreal has been serving as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Temple Independent School District, where he has spent the last 17 years. He began his career as a teacher and coach at Abilene Cooper High School and spent a year teaching and coaching in Hereford ISD before landing a classroom position in Temple in 1994.
Dr. Villarreal – or JJ as he is known to most – served Temple as an English teacher, a baseball/football coach, a high school alpha counselor, as Teen Involvement Coordinator, principal, and as the District 13-5A UIL Athletic and Academic Coordinator. He replaces Dr. Lowell Strike who recently accepted the Deputy Superintendent’s position in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.
“I, along with my family, am very excited to be a part of Carroll,” Dr. Villarreal said. “I look forward to being a participant in the success of this district now and in the foreseeable future. I consider Carroll a lighthouse district, and I look forward to working with Dr. Faltys. I’ve followed his leadership from Navasota to Carroll, and I believe he is a great leader. I look forward to helping the district move toward attainment of its goals.”
Dr. Villarreal and his wife, Kim, have three school-age children, and family living in the North Texas area. He will begin his new duties in Carroll ISD in October.