Superintendent of Schools Jose L. Parra, Ed.D. named Eric Ogle, a 13-year employee of Irving ISD, principal of Lamar Middle School at a faculty meeting on June 1. Ogle is currently the associate principal at Nimitz High School where he assists with all areas of leadership, including the oversight of instructional programs, facilities management and administrative responsibilities. He will begin transitioning to his new position at Lamar Middle School this month.
Having worked at Lamar Middle School as a teacher and administrative intern from 2008 to 2010, Ogle is very familiar with the Lamar community. His other positions in Irving ISD include serving as assistant principal and dean of instruction at Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center, summer school principal at Nimitz High School, teacher at Cardwell (when it was known as the Union Bower Center for Learning) and as a site director for the 21st Century Community Learning Center.
“I had the opportunity work at Lamar for two years, and I’m excited to return,” says Ogle who describes this as a bit of a homecoming. “I know what a special place Lamar is, and how much pride the students and staff have in their school. It is my desire to continue building on that pride, to work collaboratively with faculty, and to positively impact the entire school community.”
Ogle says he is focused on working collaboratively with the faculty at Lamar to be the best version of themselves, consequently guiding students to be the best version of themselves. “I’m excited to lead the students through the challenges and adventures that they’ll face in middle school, high school and beyond,” he says.
“Mr. Ogle is an exceptional school leader who has the experience, skills and commitment necessary to lead Lamar Middle School to greater levels of success,” says Associate Superintendent of Academic Services Adam Grinage, Ed.D. “His belief that all students deserve the best educational opportunities available to them drives him to perform every day. The administration is confident that Mr. Ogle will serve the students, staff and parents well as its new principal.”
Prior to joining Irving ISD in 2003, Ogle taught at Boswell High School in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, managed several restaurants and served as a youth minister for a church in Decatur.
Ogle holds certifications in secondary English, secondary communication applications, English as a second language and educational administration. He earned two bachelor’s degrees (one in language and composition, the other in communication studies) and a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of North Texas in Denton. Ogle also earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.