James Clark, Principal
Mr. Clark has lived or worked in Irving since 2001 and has served the Irving ISD since 2010 as a teacher, a Dean of Students, and a campus administrator. Mr. Clark earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Baylor University.
“I am excited to partner with our parents, staff, and community to help our students achieve academic success and prepare for life beyond Irving ISD. My goal is for every student to dream big and achieve even bigger."
Charlie Alday, Assistant Principal
Mr. Alday has a Bachelor of Science in Bilingual Education and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Texas Woman’s University. Mr. Alday is a member of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. He has served over 20 years as an educator, beginning as a first-grade bilingual teacher and moving to an administrator in 2004. Mr. Alday began his career with Irving ISD as an Assistant Principal in 2006 and has served at Lamar Middle School and Travis Middle School. In addition to his administrative role, Mr. Alday enjoys serving the community and spending time with his wife Gina, a science teacher, and his two beautiful daughters Sarah and Sophia.
Mr. Alday is excited to be part of the Johnson Middle School family and work with such wonderful kids, parents/guardians and staff. He believes that all students can achieve high levels of success and he accepts “No Excuses” from any student not to achieve success!
Anabel Coughlin, Assistant Principal
Anabel Ibarra Coughlin graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Texas and joined the Irving ISD team in 2010. Her first position was at Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center, an alternative education high school, where she taught Spanish 1, 2, 3 Honors, and AP 4. At Cardwell, she found her calling; she loved the classroom, her students and teaching. During this time, she was on the Campus Improvement Committee and a Spanish 2 curriculum writer. She joined Cardwell Prep’s leadership team as Instructional Technology Specialist in 2014 and enrolled at UNT, once more to earn her Master of Educational Leadership. As an ITS, she lead campus and district PD, served on the English and Social Studies curriculum writing teams, and on the campus PBIS committee. In 2015, she completed her Masters. She served as Cardwell’s ITS until 2017, and is now currently an administrator at Lady Bird Johnson Middle School. She was a proud eagle at UNT, she was a proud eagle at Cardwell, and she continues to be a proud eagle at Johnson Middle School.
LaTasha Whitaker, Administrative Liaison
LaTasha Whitaker was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. She moved to Texas in 2007 after getting married, and she loves being a Texas resident. She began to pursue her educational career in 2012 by completing the Texas Teachers certification program and landing a job as a Perm. Sub in Irving ISD and then moving on to be a TA for Uplift Education. After teaching two years in Fort Worth ISD, she returned to Irving ISD to continue her career path.
Mrs. Whitaker has a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management- Finance from DeVry University. In December 2016, she received her Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a Math Ed. Emphasis from UTA. She recently received her Principal Certification from Lamar University. She has experience teaching Science & Math, as well as being an Interventionist. She recently served in the role of AVID Coordinator at de Zavala Middle school. She is excited to begin her role as an administrator at Lady Bird Johnson MS and looks forward to continuing to grow as an educational leader as well as grow teachers for the continued academic success for all students.
Mrs. Whitaker’s educational philosophy is based on her uncompromising belief that all students can learn, given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community, a supportive family.
Tiffany Walker, Dean of Students
Tiffany Walker is an Irving, TX native as she attended J.O. Davis Elementary, Crockett Middle School, and is a graduate of Irving High School.
Ms. Walker has been in education for ten years, nine of those here in Irving ISD. 2020-21 will be her fourth year at Lady Bird Johnson. She began her teaching career as a permanent substitute at MacArthur High School. She taught 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts/Reading at Crockett MS where she served on the Campus Leadership Team, PBIS Committee, and as the English Department Chairperson.
Ms. Walker is excited to return to JMS this year in her new role as Dean of Students. She is currently working on and will complete her Master’s in Educational Leadership and is looking forward to working with staff and students in this capacity.
“One of the greatest gifts we can give to kids, is who we are!”