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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

Picture of Norwood Principal 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

Centennial High School Principal 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

Photo Image of New Frazier Principal 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

Photo Image of New Taylor Elementary Principal 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

Photo Image of New Crossroad Principal 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.

Photo Image of New Hajek Principal Cretia Basham

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.