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JWE's Marlayna Zachary Named Regional Assistant Principal of the Year

January 30, 2024

marlayna zacharyMarlayna Zachary, Assistant Principal of Jacob's Well Elementary, has been named the 2024 Region 13 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). The peer-based award recognizes assistant principals from the 20 TEPSA Regions across the state for their commitment to student learning as evidenced by exceptional school leadership. Region 13 encompasses more than 50 public school districts.

Jacob’s Well Elementary Principal SueAnna Thomas nominated Mrs. Zachary for the honor, “Marlayna strives daily to ensure our students, staff, families, and community have the best experience possible at Jacob’s Well,” Mrs. Thomas said. “Her passion for learning, students, and teachers shines through her work. She builds relationships and a sense of community every day starting with morning duty and continuing throughout the day by visiting classrooms, talking to students at lunch, checking on teachers, attending meetings, making positive phone calls home, and afternoon car duty,” Mrs. Thomas added.

I am honored to be recognized by TEPSA as Assistant Principal of the Year for Region 13 and grateful to have been nominated for such an award among so many amazing educational leaders,” Mrs. Zachary shared. “I am truly blessed to serve the WISD community!”

Mrs. Zachary, who is in her fourth year at WISD, is now eligible to be selected as the 2024 National Assistant Principal of the Year for Texas, which will be announced later this spring. All regional winners will be recognized at the TEPSA Awards Dinner on June 12 at the Round Rock Kalahari.

Christi Moeller, WISD’s current Danforth Junior High principal, received the Region 13 Assistant Principal of the Year honor from TEPSA for the 2021-22 school year while at Blue Hole Primary and current Wimberley High principal Ryan Wilkes was honored as the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) Region 13 High School Assistant Principal of the Year for 2022-2023. In addition, Mrs. Thomas was named the 2023 Region 13 TEPSAN of the Year one year ago.