Midlothian ISD has a new principal in town. Frank Seale Middle School officially welcomed Kristopher Vernon to campus just before the summer began.
“I am beyond excited about joining Midlothian ISD and being a part of the great staff of Frank Seale. I cannot wait for the school year to begin,” Vernon emphasized.
For Vernon, the family-feel of MISD appealed to him. So far, the district, campus and the community have been incredibly warm and welcoming. He said the staff at Frank Seale is fantastic and is eager to start collaborating with them. On May 29, Vernon had the pleasure of meeting the staff, which made him anxious to meet the students and their families.
Vernon strives on his mantra, “Do what is best for the kids.” He believes this mindset is what sets him apart from other principals. This has always been a focus for him, even I his teaching days. His idea focuses on building school communities centered around students. Vernon said this is paramount to both student and teacher success.
“MISD is known for its legacy of excellence, and my goal is to continue inspiring excellence in everything we do,” he elaborated. “When we inspire excellence every school day, our students grow to become their best selves - academically and socially.”
Before working within Midlothian ISD, Vernon served as the principal of two middle schools with Plano ISD. With four years of leadership under his belt, Vernon learned that being a servant leader and modeling that for the students is essential to the job.
He recognized “excellence through purpose” as a core value of MISD. For him, this “is about being intentional in every decision, which focuses on the importance of making the correct decision versus the quickest decision. It's not about how fast we do things, it's about the purpose and then how well we do them.”
Along with his leadership experience as the principal, he also taught Texas history, social studies and broadcast journalism in Carrolton-Farmers Branch ISD. During that time he also became a middle school administrator.
Vernon earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Texas A&M University and his master’s degree in educational leadership from Dallas Baptist University. He started his career in 2004 in DeSoto ISD as a Texas history teacher.
Vernon is a family man and spends most of his weekends with his wife, Kristin, as they cheer on their two young boys that keep the parents very active. Both of his sons, Karson, 8, and Knox, 5, compete in swimming, soccer, basketball and football. The boys get their competitive nature from their parents as they participate in sports, too. Kristen plays in a competitive tennis league and Vernon compete in a men’s soccer league.
“Most Saturday's in the fall you can find us, all of us, down in College Station cheering our Aggie football team. We are also very active in our church and providing philanthropic support where we can,” Vernon assured.
In the meantime, Vernon is relocating his family to the area, which is where his extended family already resides. He expressed how this is an exciting time for the entire Vernon family.
“We are excited to have Mr. Vernon as the new Frank Seale Middle School principal and welcome him to our MISD family,” Midlothian ISD Superintendent Dr. Lane Ledbetter stated. “He will foster an environment where every child feels inspired and supported to grow their unlimited potential.”
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