Longtime Abilene ISD administrator Royce Curtis has agreed to serve as interim principal at Bonham Elementary School after Principal Kathy Horner announced her resignation to accept a position at the Texas Center for Educator Effectiveness.
Curtis, who retired from Abilene ISD in 2010 as Associate Superintendent for Personnel, will begin immediately. During his long career in the district he served as a principal at three elementary schools, Franklin Middle School, Woodson Skill Center and for 14 years at Abilene High School.
Horner’s resignation will be effective September 4.
“Mrs. Horner will be missed – she has served our district extremely well for many years, as a Career and Technology teacher, as an assistant principal and most recently as a principal,” said Superintendent Dr. Heath Burns.
“We are fortunate that Mr. Curtis is willing to return to support our students and teachers by serving as an interim principal,” Burns added. “Mr. Curtis is a capable and energetic leader and will serve as a great bridge as we work through the selection of a new principal. I hope the new leader can be in place for the second semester, but we will not rush. We want the right leader.”
Principal at Bonham since 2010, Horner begins her new position as the Principal Leadership Coordinator at the Texas Center for Educator Effectiveness (TxCEE) on Sept. 5. TxCEE is an educational service organization housed in Austin, but Horner’s home base will remain in Abilene. TxCEE’s mission is to equip educators to improve student achievement through the alignment of district resources, campus leadership training and strategies to increase teacher effectiveness.
Horner has been with Abilene ISD for 19 years and previously served as associate principal at Madison Middle School, a district-wide technology integration specialist, a family and consumer sciences teacher at AHS and spent time in the district’s payroll and accounting department.
Curtis still works part-time as an adjunct education instructor for Hardin-Simmons University and serves on the elected board of the Abilene Teachers Credit Union