Curtis Mauricio, Principal
Curtis Mauricio joined Nimitz Nation in 2014, after serving as principal at Irving ISD’s Cardwell Career Preparatory Center for nine years. Mauricio began his career in Irving ISD as a CTE teacher at Bowie Middle School in 1998. After teaching there for three years, he was named assistant principal of de Zavala Middle School, where he served from 2002 to 2005.
“What I have is a passion for student success and meeting the needs of students. Our future depends on their success. We’re a team at Nimitz, and we’re going to be successful together,” says Mauricio.
Mauricio earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and his master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Mary Kay Dixon, Associate Principal
Mary Kay Dixon is passionate about education and Irving ISD. She - as well as her parents, husband and both sons - graduated from Irving High School. It was in a fifth-grade classroom at Schulze Elementary where she wrote a research paper about being a teacher that she first felt that she wanted to follow in her grandmother’s and mother’s footsteps to be a teacher. She is proud to say that she is a third-generation Irving ISD educator.
She graduated from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education. Later in her teaching career, she decided to pursue an administrative position and returned to TWU to complete her principal certification.
She was passionate about completing her student teaching in Irving ISD with an assignment to teach second grade at Barton Elementary. This just so happened to be the same school which she attended first, second, and third grade and where her mother taught fourth grade. She was so excited to return to Barton for a second-grade teaching position for 17 years. While at Barton, she took on leadership responsibility as second-grade lead teacher and vertical team leader. For the next nine years, she served at Brandenburg Elementary as lead special education teacher, intervention teacher, center manager for 21st Century Learning Center and instructional specialist, before moving into the assistant principal position. She was assistant principal at the Wheeler Transitional Development Center for four years before moving to Nimitz High School. She is excited to serve at Nimitz High School this year as associate principal.
Anne-Lauren Marrs, Assistant Principal
As a graduate of MacArthur High School, Anne-Lauren Marrs is passionate about the opportunities growing up in Irving ISD can provide students. She believes that all students have the right to a quality education, and teachers and administrators are charged with making sure that happens each and every day.
Mrs. Marrs began her career in Irving in 2005. Prior to joining Nimitz, Mrs. Marrs served Irving ISD as the English I academic specialist, Austin Middle School academic specialist, English language arts and reading teacher and SpringBoard trainer at deZavala Middle School, and English I-IV and reading teacher, department chairperson, and varsity cheerleading sponsor at Irving High School.
Mrs. Marrs earned her Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of North Texas and her Master of Education in administration from Lamar University. When she’s not at school, Mrs. Marrs loves traveling with her husband and two sons, shopping at Target, and reading historical fiction.
Lee Parker, Assistant Principal
Mr. Parker started in Irving ISD in 2003. Prior to becoming a Nimitz Viking, he served at Cardwell Career Preparatory Center as an assistant principal, at MacArthur High School as an assistant principal, and at Travis Middle School as athletic coordinator.
Mr. Parker received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Arlington and his Master of Education from Lamar University. When Mr. Parker is not at school interacting and building relationships with teachers and students, he enjoys hunting with his daughters, Texas Rangers baseball, and the Dallas Cowboys.
Wendy Trammell, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Trammell knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was 6 years old. Inspired by her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Webb, Mrs. Trammell would play school with the kids on her street where she grew up and was always the teacher. Her mother bought her a gradebook, and she used it every summer in her neighborhood class.
Mrs. Trammell became a Nimitz Viking in 1996. She is truly dedicated to the students, parents and staff at Nimitz. During her years with Irving ISD, she has served as a Career and Technology Education teacher, government teacher, intervention coordinator, dean of students, administrative liaison, summer school assistant principal, summer school principal and assistant principal. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor of Science in government and business administration and from Lamar University with a Master of Education in educational administration. She has served on several committees at the school and district level throughout her time in Irving ISD. Mrs. Trammell has an open-door policy for parents, staff and students and enjoys helping anyone who needs assistance.
When Mrs. Trammell is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her husband who she has been married to since 1994 and her daughter. She has a French bulldog named Piper whom she adores. Her favorite three places to visit are her childhood home, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and New York City.
Jamie Simpson, Administrative Liaison
Ms. Jamie Simpson began her career as a special education resource teacher in Edmond, Okla. After her first year of teaching, she relocated to Texas, where she served as a special education resource teacher in Garland ISD for three years. She then served as an ARD vice chair in Mesquite ISD, a behavior intervention teacher trainer a Wheeler Transitional Center in Irving ISD, and, most recently, as dean of students at Nimitz High School.
Ms. Simpson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma with a focus in special education. She was also fortunate enough to complete two study abroad programs in Puebla, Mexico, during this time. She later earned her master's degree in educational leadership from Lamar University.
Ms. Simpson is passionate about ensuring all students have a positive school experience in order to achieve success. She believes that a collaborative school environment is the key to creating successful teachers and students. She also believes strong positive partnerships with parents and the community are essential to enriching the experience for students, teachers and administration at Nimitz High School.
In her free time, Ms. Simpson enjoys spending time at the dog park with her dogs, Boone and Cooper, exercising, reading, cooking and traveling.