Monday, December 4, 2023

Dr. Jim Calvin Named Walnut Grove Elementary Principal

During the Board of Trustees regularly scheduled Board meeting on May 3, the CISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to hire Dr. Jim Calvin as the new Walnut Grove Elementary School principal.

Dr. Jim Calvin has 32 years of experience in education and began his career as an administrator in Carroll ISD, where he served as the Assistant Principal of Durham Elementary & Intermediate School.  His wife, Nancy, is currently a teacher at Eubanks Intermediate School and they have three children that are current Dragons. Since leaving Carroll ISD 21 years ago, Dr. Calvin has been a principal in various districts throughout the DFW Metroplex.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Dr. Calvin to the Dragon family at Walnut Grove Elementary School,” said Superintendent Dr. Lane Ledbetter. “Dr. Calvin’s experience in education will be an incredible asset to the district, and we are confident that he will lead the team at Walnut Grove Elementary with excellence.”

Dr. Calvin earned his Bachelor’s degree in English Language Arts Education from Texas Wesleyan University, his Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas Christian University.  Dr. Calvin’s leadership experiences and professional memberships include:

  • Principal, Green Valley Elementary School – Birdville ISD (present position);
  • Principal, REALM Secondary School – Burleson ISD (2 years)
  • Principal, STEAM Academy at Stribling Elementary School – Burleson ISD (4 years)
  • Principal – Fort Worth Christian Elementary School (3 years)
  • Principal, Grapevine Elementary School – Grapevine Colleyville ISD (9 years)
  • Principal, Prairie View Intermediate School – Northwest ISD (2 years)
  • Assistant Principal, Durham Elementary & Intermediate School – Carroll ISD (3 years)
  • Teacher, Chisholm Trail Intermediate School – Keller ISD (4 years)
  • Teacher, Fossil Hill Middle School – Keller ISD (2 years)
  • Teacher/Coach – Fort Worth Christian School (2 years)
  • Professional Memberships;
    • Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA)
    • Stanford University d.School K12 Lab Network
    • Member of Board of Advisors for Educational Programming at The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
    • Alpha Chi Honor Society
    • Golden Key Honor Society

Dr. Calvin will be filling the principal’s vacancy created by the retirement of Mike Landers. He will begin his new duties on July 20.