With the first two weeks behind her, North Dallas High School Principal, Katherine Eska, continues to set her sights on the first day of school on Aug. 28.
She’s getting to know the building, the teachers, and the staff, as well as holding meetings, planning Teacher Professional Development, and setting the master schedule — all the same time. She’s working at least 12 hours a day, as she gets North Dallas ready for the new school year.
Eska is coming from Kramer Elementary where she was principal for the last three years. While at Kramer, she lead the school to complete the requirements to become part of the prestigious International Baccalaureate Programme.
Meanwhile, she’s no stranger to the high school level, after teaching math at Spruce High School right here in Dallas ISD. During her tenure there, she was head of the math department, as well as the cheerleading sponsor.
When she was in high school, Eska competed in gymnastics, diving and cheerleading. She completed her undergraduate degree in Finance at Notre Dame and earned her master’s degree in Education, Policy, and Management from Harvard University in 2013.
Eska took a few minutes to answer some questions about the upcoming year:
Q: What are your thoughts on being named the North Dallas High principal?
A. First and foremost, I’m honored to join the North Dallas community and become a part of our great legacy. Walking the building this past week, you can feel the amazing history that is both unique to this campus and intertwined with the city of Dallas. I look forward to building on the hard work of those before me, returning back to high school, and working with our community to build a North Dallas for the future.
Q: What message would you like to say to the students?
A. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. I want to see you not only working hard in the classroom; but also, representing North Dallas by competing in sports, performing in plays, winning UIL competitions, and working to make our community a better place. Every day, every minute, and every decision counts as you work toward your future, and I’ll be behind you every step of the way.
Q: What message would you like to say to the alumni?
A. I look forward to partnering with each of you to build upon the great work you have already started at North Dallas. So many alumni remain engaged with North Dallas, giving back after graduation, and I look forward to working with you all to bring even more opportunity to our current students.
Q: What are your priorities right now as you prepare for the school year?
A. First and foremost, I want to get to know my teachers, staff, and building such that tight systems are in place for the first day of school. I have been working closely with our leadership team to ensure our master schedule is ready, that every classroom has a teacher, and that tight systems are in place so that no precious instructional time is wasted.
Q. What are your thoughts on the collegiate academy?
A. I am extremely excited to open our P-Tech Early College this year. Months of planning and preparation, as well as building renovations have gone in to this effort, and I can’t wait to see what this cohort of students will achieve in their four years at North Dallas!
Q. What are some of your needs right now?
A. With just a little over a week on the job, I am working hard to learn about our campus to understand our most immediate needs. I am amazed to learn about the hard work that our partners like the Church of the Incarnation do to support our school, and I look forward to building relationships with them. In the meantime, I will never turn away a volunteer!
Q. What the best way to contact you?
A. Should you want to sit down with me, the best way to get on my calendar is through my amazing office manager, Rubi Chavez, who manages my calendar. Appointments are necessary, so please call the school at 972-925-1500 and ask to speak with Ms. Chavez!
Q. Any final comments?
A. I’m excited, honored, and extremely motivated to make this a lighthouse campus in Dallas ISD. Thank you for a warm welcome.