DHS, Jamison and Silverlake welcome new principals
Dawson High School, Jamison Middle School and Silverlake Elementary welcome new leaders this fall.
Named by the Pearland ISD Board of Trustees during the May meetings, the three principals collectively hold more than 58 years of experience in education.
Erin Hamann, Dawson High School
The associate principal at Dawson High School for the past five years, Erin Hamann has dedicated 26 years to education so far, all of them at Pearland ISD. He started as a math, algebra and geometry teacher for a total of 11 years at Pearland Junior High West and Pearland High School, and moved on to become an assistant principal at the former Pearland Ninth Grade Center (now Turner College and Career High School) and then Dawson High School.
“I look forward to the incredible responsibility and honor to keep this amazing school climbing the ranks of the best high schools in the nation,” Hamann said. “My role is to hire the best staff and empower them to meet the needs of our amazing, diverse culture here at Dawson. Every student in the Dawson family deserves a fair chance at reaching untapped potential they never even considered before they walked through our doors.”
He believes that whatever is best for the students is worth fighting for.
“To understand where students can go, you need to first understand where they came from before. By investing in individual relationships and being able to empathize with students and staff, together we can soar to unexpected heights,” he said.
Hamann holds a master’s degree in educational administration from The University of St. Thomas and a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematical sciences from Texas A&M University.
Amanda Gordon, Jamison Middle School
Prior to joining Pearland ISD, Amanda Gordon served as an associate and assistant principal in Crosby ISD, a director of ELA in Spring ISD and an instruction specialist at Galena Park ISD. She began her career in education teaching 8th grade reading and 10th grade English, and brings more than 12 years of experience to the district.
Gordon looks forward to partnering with passionate and talented staff and spending her days with students who are full of energy and curiosity.
“I believe that it is the people that create the heartbeat of a campus,” she said. “I hope to make a difference by harnessing the energy and excitement that comes from new partnerships and turning it into the passion, perseverance and pride that are integral to true achievement.”
Gordon holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in communications Southwestern University.
“It is such a challenging time to be an educator but there are so many small moments throughout each day that bring joy,” Gordon said. “When leading my campus, I am going to be an example of having joy for each day and the chance to tackle any obstacles with positivity.”
Stacie VanLoenen, Silverlake Elementary
Stacie VanLoenen is no stranger to Pearland ISD as she was an assistant principal at Shadycrest Elementary from 2013-16 and a curriculum specialist for the district from 2010-13.
Most recently an elementary school principal in Alvin ISD, VanLoenen has 20 years of experience in education, beginning her career as a 3rd and 4th grade teacher and instructional coach in Pasadena ISD.
“My vision for Silverlake Elementary is to create an environment where students feel safe and loved, and are able to reach their full potential. I believe that students learn best from teachers and staff that are invested in building a positive relationship with them and in classrooms where they feel safe to take risks. I will do my best to model this each and every day,” VanLoenen said. “As principal, I will strive to provide the Silverlake teachers and staff with frequent opportunities for professional development, reflection and collaboration. I will also work to empower them to make instructional decisions that will meet the needs of their students.”
One of her favorite quotes by Theodore Rosevelt is “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
“I strive to live by this motto, focusing on building strong relationships with the students, staff and families I serve,” she said.
VanLoenen holds a master’s degree in education in administration from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Harding University.