I am so excited to be joining the Coyle community as your new principal! As your principal, it is my sincere pleasure and honor to serve this community and its students. We provide the very best educational environment for all of our students. As the former principal of one of our feeder elementary schools, Pearson Elementary, I am honored to get the chance to work with some of our former Pearson students as well. I’m truly enthusiastic to serve Coyle Middle School and Coyle Tech in this capacity and to continue my journey as an educator!
I graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2007. I also hold two Master of Education degrees, from Texas A & M University at Commerce, in Educational Administration and Curriculum and Instruction. I am currently pursuing my Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision. As an educator for twelve years, my teaching experience spans positions such as serving as an assistant principal in Garland ISD, most recently at Vernal Lister Elementary and for three years at Vernon Schrade Middle School. I started my career at Walnut Glen Academy teaching music before having the great pleasure to teach various subjects to 3rd through 5th grade students. I have a deep love for teaching children and fostering a strong connection between the educational and social-emotional needs of each student!
My greatest initiative is to work together and with our families, to provide differentiated learning opportunities, continuing inspiration and academic challenges for our students with engaging experiences in and outside the classroom.
I look forward to meeting with each of you very soon!
I attended Kent State University for my Bachelors degree and Texas A&M Commerce for both my Masters and Doctorate. I was a coach and History teacher prior to becoming and administrator. My leadership experience began in the classroom, as I was a department head, I was a campus athletic coordinator and a head coach for track and field. I have also been a campus administrator at both middle and high school. I have also spent time at the central office level in Student Services.
I have been in education for 30yrs. I have spent time in 3 different school districts over the course of that time, the last 16 in GISD. I have 3 wonderful children McKenzie 27, Jace 18, and Greyson 8. I am an avid hunter, sports fan, lover of music and trivia, a good book and thoughtful poem. My parents tell me that I am a bit of a renaissance man, I enjoy having DIY projects and solving problems, working with both my mind and my hands. I am returning to my roots in coming to Coyle, I began my career at the middle school level. I am looking forward to all the great things happening at Coyle and excited to be a part of the future. Go Cougars!!
Tiffany Karns holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas Christian University, and a Master of Education Administration from Lamar University. She taught high school Psychology for 25 years in GISD, and has served as a department chair and as an assistant principal intern at Rowlett High School. Additionally, she has served in leadership roles for College Board in the AP Psychology course, including the AP Reading, the AP Psychology Development Committee, and in the course redesign. Tiffany Karns is married and has a 16 year old daughter, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends whenever possible. She loves good books, good movies, good music, and good people. As a former student at Coyle Middle School, Ms. Karns is excited to work with the Cougar students, families, and staff!
Mr. Johnson attended Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, as well as a Louisiana and Texas Teaching certification in 1996 for grades (EC-4) and (1-8). After teaching third grade for three and one-half years at Grambling State University Laboratory School, he then moved to Terrell, Texas. He served in many roles there, including third and fourth grade teacher, elementary and high school assistant principal, Head Start Director, and assistant basketball and baseball coach. During his time in Terrell ISD, he received his Mater of Education Degree in Mid-Management, as well as his Texas Principal certification from Texas A&M Commerce in 2011.
After fourteen years in Terrell he was blessed with the opportunity to serve two years as principal of the Clarksville Middle & High School campuses, located in Clarksville, Texas. After relocating back to the Dallas area in 2016, he secured a third-grade teaching position at George Washington Carver Elementary School here in Garland ISD. This year he will oversee 8th grade, Science, Social Studies, and Fine Arts here at Coyle. This will be the start of his 25th year in education, with this being his 5th at CMS.
Mr. Johnson is married to his beautiful wife of 24 years, Amanda, who is also an administrator in another district. They have two awesome children; Madison, who is a 19-year-old college sophomore attending Grambling State University, and Maddox who is a 12-year-old 7th grader attending Brandenburg Middle School here in GISD.