FROM STAFF REPORTS
MARBLE FALLS — When Erika O’Connor takes the reins at Colt Elementary School later this year, in many ways, she’ll be returning home.
O’Connor, who the Marble Falls Independent School District board approved as the next Colt principal during a May 16 meeting, comes to the job after a stint as the Bertram Elementary School assistant principal. But before heading for the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District campus this past year, O’Connor was a member of the Marble Falls Independent School District staff from 2000 to 2015.
In those years, she served in various teaching and leadership positions.
O’Connor expressed her excitement in returning to MFISD.
“Marble Falls ISD holds a special place in my heart. I have worked for Marble Falls ISD for years, and both of my children are graduates of Marble Falls High School,” she said. “I am committed to the students and their families, and I am thrilled and privileged to get to serve alongside them.”
O’Connor will replace Colt Elementary principal Keith Powell, who is retiring. Powell has been part of the MFISD staff for 16 years and has 31 years overall as an educator.
MFISD Superintendent Chris Allen recommended O’Connor to the board after an extensive search for a new principal. The process included staff, parents and community members helping set the search criteria for the principal. Based on that criteria, officials narrowed the applicants to six candidates, who all came in for interviews.
Based on those interviews, the search committee forwarded the top two candidates to Allen for further interviews.
“We listened closely to our staff and our Colt parents to match our new principal with what our community is looking for in their next principal,” Allen said. “Mrs. O’Connor’s experience as a teacher leader, teacher coach and educational leader with experience meeting the educational needs of Marble Falls students distinguished her as the top candidate for Colt Elementary.”