- Burleson ISD
Meet the Principals
Meet the Principals
Burleson ISD announces its new and returning veteran principals. Parents, students, and staff will be invited to celebratory meet-and-greet events in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for details.
Norwood Elementary - Christy Strayhorn
Strayhorn has 39 years of education experience, 16 of which have been in BISD. Most recently serving as the Director of Early Childhood for the district, Strayhorn is a former elementary school teacher and administrator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music, with Elementary Certification, from Texas Wesleyan University and a Master of Education in Administration degree from Tarleton State University.
Centennial High School - Ikie Holder
Holder has 17 years of experience in education, serving most recently as Academic Principal at a career and technology high school in the Mansfield school district. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree in school counseling from Lamar University, and is currently earning a doctorate in educational leadership from Tarleton State University.
Frazier Elementary – Tricia Lyday
Lyday has nearly 17 years of education experience, 5 of which have been in BISD. Most recently serving as the Academic Assistant Principal of Hughes Middle School, Lyday is a former elementary school teacher and testing coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Taylor Elementary – Ana Ketcham
Ketcham has 24 years of education experience, 14 of which have been in BISD. A former Academic Assistant Principal at Hughes Middle School for two years, Ketcham most recently served as the district Bilingual and at-risk coordinator. She also taught Spanish for 17 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in Spanish from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Tarleton State University.
Crossroads High School – Marcus Canonico
Canonico has 24 years of education experience and joined BISD in 2017. A former teacher, coach, and administrator, Principal Canonico most recently oversaw career and technical education for the district. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, a master’s degree from Dallas Baptist University, a Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan School of Law, and is working on a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Abilene Christian University.
Hajek Elementary – Cretia Basham, Ed.D.
Following her passion for being a school principal, Dr. Basham is excited to return to Hajek Elementary, where she served as the principal when it opened in 2008 until 2013. Dr. Basham has been a teacher and administrator and most recently served as the district elementary instructional leadership supervisor. Dr. Basham holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Texas Christian University, a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas Wesleyan University. Dr. Basham has been with the district since 1991.
Hughes Middle School – Dena Schimming
STEAM Academy at Stribling Elementary – Rebekah Hinkle
REALM – Jim Calvin, Ed.D.