Three familiar faces are taking on new roles in Pearland Independent School District.
Thanks to appointments by the district’s board of trustees May 19, Pam Wilson and Kelly Holt are taking the reins as executive director of the Special Programs Department and principal of Dawson High School, respectively.
In addition, beginning this fall, Dana Miles will serve as principal of Pearland Junior High West.
Collectively, the three women have worked in education more than 55 years.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in business, Wilson originally pursued the fields of human resources and finances. When those careers left her unfulfilled, she began substitute teaching and fell in love with every classroom assignment she had.
She went on to get her teaching certification and later a master’s degree in education.
In Pearland ISD, Wilson has served as a Sablatura Middle School teacher, campus instructional technology specialist and assistant principal and principal of PJH West, where she won the Pearland ISD Secondary Principal of the Year Award in 2010.
Most recently, Wilson has worked as a Special Programs specialist and interim executive director since January. She looks forward to working collaboratively with campus staff and other departments to serve students with special needs.
“I am here to serve, and I believe if everyone is a servant, we can make the most difference for our students,” Wilson said.
Holt began her educational career as a high school science teacher, taking pride in turning students on to chemistry and inspiring some to become teachers themselves.
In Pearland ISD, she has served as assistant principal of the former Ninth Grade Center and associate principal of DHS since it opened in 2007. She holds a master’s degree in instructional technology.
With eight years of experience at DHS already, Holt looks forward to continuing the legacy of success and creating an environment where students love to learn. She has served as interim principal of DHS since January.
“I want to build a school where students know they are loved and feel part of a family, and I want to build a campus where teachers know they are valued and feel part of a team. I want my students and staff to know I care about each of them,” she said.
Miles holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and is currently pursuing her doctorate.
In addition to experience as a teacher and assistant principal, Miles has served as principal of Rogers Middle School for the past five years. In 2013, she was named the Pearland ISD Elementary Principal of the Year.
Although she loves teaching, she finds her true passion in educational leadership.
As a U.S. Army veteran from Desert Storm, she applies the same attitudes of determination, diligence and discipline to the campus.
“I enjoy empowering staff and students to value their contributions to something bigger than just the right here and right now. My passion is to inspire staff to work hard and serve students, and I love when students recognize that what they do every day determines their future,” she said.
In her new role as PJH West principal, Miles plans to build on the campus’s strengths while encouraging a growth mindset of working hard and never giving up.