Eric Ogle, Principal
After earning degrees in Language and Composition and Communication Studies at the University of North Texas in 1998, Eric Ogle began working with young people as a youth minister. He joined Irving ISD in 2003 as an English and Communication Applications teacher. He taught for five years at Cardwell Career Preparatory Center then earned his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington. He began serving as an administrator, working for two years at Lamar Middle School, then he returned to Cardwell CPC as an Assistant Principal. In 2014, he moved to Nimitz High School to serve as an Assistant Principal for two years. In 2016, Mr. Ogle returned to Lamar Middle School as the Principal. Mr. Ogle believes the entire school community – students, educators, and parents – can always learn and grow, and he believes that we all should be involved in ventures that positively affect others, not just ourselves. Lamar Middle School is a community that cultivates these beliefs: learning, growing, and belonging for all.
Lauren Victor, 7th Grade Assistant Principal
Lauren Victor is originally from Springfield, IL. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with degrees in Latin American Studies and Spanish Language and Literature. She received her Master’s degree from Texas A&M Commerce in Educational Administration. She was a high school Spanish teacher in Garland ISD and then an administrator in Dallas ISD before joining the Lamar administration team in 2013. Ms. Victor loves working with middle school students because she sees how quickly students change and develop at this level. She wants her students to not only be successful in their academic challenges, but to grow and mature as individual members of society. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling with her family and getting to know new places. She is usually in the middle of a good book and treasures the time she spends reading to her two little boys.
Cynthia Erwin, 8th Grade Assistant Principal
Mrs. Erwin is proud to be a long-time Irving resident and a public-school educator. She is a graduate of MacArthur High School, Our Lady of the Lake University, and the University of Texas at Arlington. Since 2002 she has served the students in Irving ISD as a Classroom Teacher, Academic Specialist, Curriculum Writer, and currently as an Assistant Principal at Lamar Middle School. Mrs. Erwin firmly believes that regardless of her students’ different gifts and talents, they ALL have the potential to be successful. Because of this, she values building relationships with her students and families, so she can be a true partner in helping her students achieve those successes.
Rodney Player, 6th Grade Administrative Liaison
Mr. Player is excited to join Lamar Middle School as the campus Administrative Liaison. He received his Bachelors degree in Human Performance & Masters degree in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University. For six years, Mr. Player taught and served in various Special Education and behavior support programs at both the elementary & secondary levels near the Houston area. For the past two years, Mr. Player had the opportunity to serve as a Special Education Specialist at a High School in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Player is excited to bring his collaborative, research based, and open-minded approach to assist students, parents, and the Lamar community.