The Stephenville Independent School District board of trustees approved the hiring of three assistant principals for the 2011-12 school year Friday. The new administrators will take on their new positions July 1.

The approvals mean a familiar face - a current teacher at Hook Elementary - will advance her position while two new faces - one from Lipan and the other from Huckabay - join SISD.

While Jill Heupel, Drew Howard and Stephanie Traweek received the news following the Friday morning meeting, that is not all they have in common. They all earned bachelor's degrees from Tarleton State University and each will soon complete - or have already obtained - their master of education from the university.

The new hires will fill vacancies that were left by recent promotions and resignations that will shift current assistants to higher principal posts in July. The assistant principal opening at Gilbert Intermediate is due to the advancement of Kelly Magin who will serve as principal at Central Elementary following the retirement of Judy Walker. Lisa Miller, current assistant at Henderson Junior High, recently resigned from the district leaving an opening at that campus. The opening at Stephenville High School was created when Renee Goodwin was promoted to principal at Henderson Junior High to replace Bob Cervetto, who recently left SISD to serve as athletic director at Dublin ISD.

Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd said he is excited about the new hires.

"After an in-depth application process, an interview committee comprised of teachers, principals and central office administrators came to consensus on these three candidates as being the best fit for these campuses," Floyd said on Friday. "Each of them brings a unique set of skills and abilities that will serve the students of SISD well. I am confident that all of them will be successful in the role of assistant principal on their respective campuses.

Gilbert Intermediate

Jill Heupel has served as an elementary teacher within the district since 1996. She previously taught at Central Elementary and currently serves as a physical education teacher at Hook Elementary.

Heupel said she is "extremely excited" about the opportunity to take her career to the next level.

In addition to having a teacher/student relationship with many of the students she will help guide in the upcoming school year, Heupel said she is already acquainted with many of the educators and parents she will work alongside. Her son, Seth, who attends sixth grade at the campus will be graduating from Gilbert in May. Meanwhile, her daughter, Maddie, will advance to fifth grade at Gilbert in the fall semester.

"Maddie is going into the fifth grade, so I will know a lot of the students at Gilbert since they have been (my daughter's) classmates," she said. "I have developed relationships with many of the students and parents and I feel that will be a benefit."

Henderson Junior High

Drew Howard is currently employed by Lipan ISD, where he has worn a number of hats. But on Friday, Howard said he is ready to bring his never-die blue and gold spirit - the colors of Lipan and Stephenville ISDs - to the City of Champions.

"I view Stephenville as being committed not only to having a winning sports program but also as a district that strives for academic excellence," Howard said. "Stephenville ISD goes above and beyond a lot of other schools and I look forward to joining those high expectations and achievements."

Howard and his wife, Carrie, currently reside in the Lipan area and are awaiting the birth of their second son, Ryder. They are also parents to Carter, almost two years old.

He is currently the director of student services, but has also taught science and physical education and coached basketball, baseball and track.

Stephenville High School

Stephanie Traweek currently works as a student advisor at Huckabay ISD for kindergarten-12th grade. Traweek has been part of HISD since 2003 and previously worked within Bluff Dale ISD (1999-2003) where she was a physical education and classroom teacher.

"All of my education and teaching experience has been in Erath County," Traweek said. "I came to attend Tarleton and have remained since I finished school. I really love Stephenville and enjoy the community. I completed my education and took the next steps, but I have always wanted to work within Stephenville ISD. I have always wanted to be a part of the district's tradition of excellence."

When she leaves Huckabay ISD - and trades one Superintendent Floyd for another - Traweek will also bring her son, Grayson, a third grader to the district, which will soon be the educational home to her four-year-old son, Tyler, who is currently enrolled in Tarleton's Child Development Center.

Traweek will serve as assistant to Principal Travis Stilwell and alongside current Assistant Principal Jan Vaughn.