At Monday night’s meeting of the Stephenville Independent School District (SISD) board of trustees, Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd presented the lone finalist chosen to replace Debbie Hines. Hines, who works as the assistant superintendent for personnel/instruction, recently announced that she will retire from the district after 28 years of service.

Carie Dunnam, who is now serving as the assistant superintendent with Big Spring ISD, was present at the meeting, and said she is excited about her future with the district.

“My long term goals include being a good example to students through learning. I believe that educators should be teachable themselves and should model a love for teaching and learning by continuing their own educations,” Dunnam said. “I plan to eventually further my own education and am excited to be moving to a community that boasts having a university that offers a doctoral degree in education.”

Dunnam, who is now serving her ninth year with the BSISD, touts an impressive resume including a bachelor of arts degree in literature with an elementary teaching certification, which she obtained in 1982 from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB); a master of arts degree in education with a specialization in administration and mid-management certification obtained from UTPB in 1999; and superintendent certification, completed in 2006.

Dunnam, who has been in education since 1985, began her career with the Coahoma ISD as a kindergarten teacher and also worked as a third, forth and fifth grade teacher until she was hired as the assistant principal for Big Spring High School in 2002. In 2003, she continued to advance and was named principal of Marcy Elementary in Big Spring, where she served until being named assistant superintendent for the district in February 2007.

“My father, a retired superintendent, instilled in me a desire to serve others through the field of teaching and learning,” Dunnam said. “I was reared in a home where education and educators were highly valued and respected. Although I began my career as an elementary teacher, I always had aspirations to move into administration because I saw the difference my dad made in the lives of students.”

If a person’s success can be measured by the success of their children, Dunnam’s accomplishments can also be seen through those of her children. Her son Cliff is a graduate of Tarleton State University and currently works as a loss mitigation counselor in Dallas. Chad, another son, is a graduate of the University of North Texas and works in purchasing for Parker Hydraulics of Big Spring. Her youngest child, Caylie, is currently attending the University of Texas Austin, where she is pursuing a future in nursing.

Dunnam said she has already secured housing and plans to make the move to Erath County before the end of the month.

“Moving closer to most of my family was a big factor in my applying for a position with Stephenville ISD, Dunnam said. “Stephenville is known as a first-rate district and that was also a big motivating factor in applying for the position.”

Dunnam will begin training alongside Hines in the next week. Her employment with the district will take effect June 1.

Dunnam was one of six finalists chosen from 63 applicants for the position.