Mrs. Hines is entering her 25th year with Garland ISD and fully embraces the honor of serving her fifth year as Principal of Garland High School. Her previous experience in Garland includes serving as Principal of Austin Academy, Assistant Principal of Garland High School, a science educator at Naaman Forest High School, district ESL Instructional Support, and a middle science school teacher at Brandenburg. Mrs. Hines is married to her husband, Corey, and is a proud step-mom of Carson (age 13). In their spare time, they enjoy going to the movies, traveling, watching sports, and making meals at home. Mrs. Hines enthusiastically supports the culture and tradition of Garland High School and looks forward to continuing to build off of the multitude of strengths and successes to best serve the students and community.
Dr. Fegraeus is very excited to be a part of the Garland High School family, joining GHS as an assistant principal in August 2016. She graduated from Baylor University and spent 16 years prior to 2016 as a middle school and high school math teacher and testing coordinator. Twelve of those years were spent teaching students in Garland ISD. Dr. Fegraeus earned her Master’s degree in Educational Administration in 2004 from Texas A&M Commerce, and she earned her Educational Doctorate from Dallas Baptist University. Dr. Fegraeus is very looking forward to an amazing year of helping students and teachers!
Mr. Klement is looking forward to continuing to serve the students and faculty of GHS, but now as Assistant Principal. His previous experience includes RTI Facilitator and 1:1 Instructional Coach here at GHS, and teaching math at Sachse and Sulphur High School (Southwest Louisiana). Mr. Klement grew up in the GISD system and graduated from NFHS. He went on to get his Bachelors Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from McNeese State University and his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. Outside of school, Mr. Klement enjoys quality time with his wife and 5 children. Some of the Klement family's favorite hobbies include playing/watching sports, board and card games, reading, building with Lego, puzzles, gardening, being outside, and traveling.
Mr. Klement is honored to work with the wonderful math department, help lead our ECHS program, and provide opportunities for students to earn their CCMR (College Career Military Readiness). Let's have a great school year working together!
Mr. Klement is entering his 12th year in education (6 years in Louisiana and 6 years in GISD). He is a proud product of GISD, graduating from NFHS in 2004. Mr. Klement taught high school math for 8 years, spent a year as an edtech instructional coach, and has spent the last 2 years as RTI (Response to Intervention) Facilitator at GHS. He is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer and enjoys presenting at educational conferences.
Mr. Klement is married to his wife, Hannah, of 10 years and is the proud father of 4 (three beautiful daughters and his only begotten son). They love spending time outside running and playing, reading books, playing board games, and having family movie nights. There is never a dull moment at the Klement household.
Mr. Klement loves being at GHS and is inspired by all the great teachers and students. He loves trying to help students that are struggling to be successful. Mr. Klement believes in second chances and never giving up on students.
Dr. John Poynter is beginning his 30th year in education. He joined GHS during the 2015-2016 school year, after being in the GISD Student Services Department since 2007-2008. Prior to this, he spent 10 years in Mesquite ISD and 4 years in Dayton ISD. In his career thus far, he has served in several roles. He was a History teacher at both the middle school and high school levels, a coach and an assistant principal at both levels and a central office administrator.
Dr. Poynter graduated from Kent State University with his Bachelor’s degree and Texas A&M Commerce with his Masters and Doctorate.
Dr. Poynter has three amazing children: Kenzie, Jace and Greyson. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and the outdoors, working out and being active, coaching his kids, watching sports and traveling whenever possible.
Dr. Poynter is extremely excited to be working with the students, parents and staff here at GHS and is looking forward to a great year.
Ms. Rischer has been working at Garland High School since 2013 in many different capacities. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, and her Masters of Education in School Administration from Concordia University of Texas. Ms. Rischer believes every student needs a champion, and she is dedicated to being just that for all in need.
Mr. Thomas is an Assistant Principal at Garland High School. He has been an educator in GISD for the past 16 years. His experience in Garland ISD includes serving as a math teacher, technology applications teacher and boys athletics coach at both Sellers Middle School and Lyles Middle School. Mr. Thomas has been an Assistant Principal at Sellers Middle School for the past 4 years and is excited to join the GHS administrative staff. He looks forward to working with the school community and all stakeholders at Garland High School.
My name is Aretha Adetumilara Akande and I’ve served in GISD since 2011. Both my kids graduated from Garland High: Lanre (my older/son) a senior at The University of North Texas studying Biomedical Engineering and Temi (my younger/daughter) a junior at Texas Christian University studying Nursing with the hopes of becoming a Psychiatric Nurse soon. We are a family that enjoys working out, cooking from scratch, and traveling. We are blessed to be who and where we are, remembering never to give up on being a positive light in someone's darkness.
Gina King is a product of Garland ISD. She went to Weaver Elementary, Sellers Middle School, and Garland High School (Gig'em!). Her experience includes 7 years teaching middle school ELAR, 4 years as an elementary librarian, and 4 years as a middle school librarian. She is a Google Level 1 and Level 2 educator, she just became a Google Certified Trainer, and she is working on getting her Google Certified Coach credentials. Technology, research, reading, and writing are her jam! She loves putting all that together to inspire students to love learning and go into adulthood with wonder and passion. She loves spending time with her husband and teenage daughter. She is so happy to be back at GHS, and a place who appreciates her extensive owl collection.
Garland High School has been home for Ms. Sampson for the past 18 years. She has had many roles in her tenure at GHS, such as: Math Teacher, Avid teacher, Lead Teacher, Mentor Teacher, Varsity Soccer Coach, and Assistant Coach. Her accolades include being voted Garland High School Teacher of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year, and being named Garland ISD’s All-District Educator of the Year in 2012, presented by GISD’s Special Education Department. She received her B.S. in Management Information Systems, and a M.B.A, from Texas A&M University – Commerce. In 2021, she also completed a Principal Certification Program from Lamar University. The moto for her new role as RTI Facilitator is: The Best Intervention is Prevention.
Mr. Schmidt is new to Garland High School and has taught on-level and AP History and created/coordinated College/Career and Dual Credit programs at his previous campuses. He received his BS in History from Texas A&M-Commerce and his M.Ed in Gifted Education from LSU in Baton Rouge, LA. His education philosophy centers around information literacy, access to programs/resources, individualism, and equal opportunity. He echoes the sentiments of the previous IBDP Coordinator, Ms. Tisdale, who has a very similar mindset - "I am passionate about students. I am a believer in creating challenging inquiry environments that stimulate learning and think that being a teacher is the best profession on earth."