Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Walnut Grove Elementary Principal Announces Retirement


Dr. Betty McIlvain

Dr. Betty McIlvain, who led the opening of Carroll ISD’s newest elementary campus in 2011, has announced her retirement from public education.

McIlvain has been a principal in Carroll ISD since 2003 when she moved from a position in Tulsa, Okla. to become principal at Durham Elementary School. She held this position until the Durham Elementary was closed and transitioned to the new Walnut Grove Elementary on North White Chapel Road. She helped lead the campus, which is based on green initiatives and multi-use areas.

“Betty has been an integral part of the Dragon leadership team and will be missed by the Durham Elementary and now Walnut Grove Elementary families,” Carroll Superintendent Dr. David Faltys said. “It is always a bittersweet moment for us to say goodbye to our long-time Dragon educators. We wish Betty the very best in this new phase of her life.”

She served more than 40 years combined in public education in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. McIlvain worked in elementary education since 1975 and also served as a Vocal Music Specialist during her career. She also taught junior high in Tulsa and started in the Wichita, Kansas Public Schools. During her career, McIlvain won many awards and was heavily involved in the community.

McIlvain will retire in December and her replacement is expected to be named in early February. A hiring committee will be created and include administrators, teachers and parents.