Spring ISD names Stacy Rodgers Smith principal of Virtual Learning Academy, fills other key leadership roles

From left: James Golden has been named principal of Spring ISD, while Stacy Rodgers Smith will serve as principal of Spring ISD's Virtual Learning Academy and LeFredrick Smith will serve as principal of Ponderosa Elementary. (Courtesy Spring ISD)
From left: James Golden has been named principal of Spring ISD, while Stacy Rodgers Smith will serve as principal of Spring ISD's Virtual Learning Academy and LeFredrick Smith will serve as principal of Ponderosa Elementary. (Courtesy Spring ISD)

From left: James Golden has been named principal of Spring ISD, while Stacy Rodgers Smith will serve as principal of Spring ISD's Virtual Learning Academy and LeFredrick Smith will serve as principal of Ponderosa Elementary. (Courtesy Spring ISD)

Spring ISD officials named Stacy Rodgers Smith the principal of the district's new Virtual Learning Academy via social media April 30. Rodgers Smith currently serves as principal of Dueitt Middle School.

As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, SISD is planning to open a full-time virtual academy for students in third to 12th grades for the 2021-22 school year, pending full funding for the Texas Legislature. While the new school would be similar to the remote learning option SISD offered in the 2020-21 school year, the Virtual Learning Academy would offer a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction while allowing students to stay connected with their zoned campus through virtual clubs and in-person extracurricular activities.


In addition to Smith's new role, district officials also filled several key leadership positions within the district through promotions. According to the post, James Golden will serve as principal of Spring High School, while LeFredrick Smith will serve as principal of Ponderosa Elementary School. Additionally, Sylvia Wood will serve as the district's chief communications officer, while Diaka Melendez will serve as executive director of curriculum for SISD.
By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.