Francisco Miranda, Principal
Principal Francisco Miranda is happy to be the leader of Nimitz after four years as principal of Crockett Middle School. In addition to his high school and middle school leadership experience as an Associate Principal, Mr. Miranda taught at the elementary school level, serving as a bilingual reading, language arts and social studies teacher for fourth and fifth grades.
Mr. Miranda was born and raised in Dallas, Texas in the South Oak Cliff area. He attended all Dallas ISD schools and graduated from South Oak Cliff High School. Principal Miranda received his bachelor’s degree from Northwood University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He looks forward to continuing a positive and collaborative relationship with the Irving community and is very proud to be a Nimitz Viking.
Samuel Hernandez, Associate Principal
Mr. Hernandez began his teaching career in 2013 in Dallas ISD as a high school science teacher at Moises E. Molina High School. He has worked in four educational capacities: teacher, dean of students, attendance administrator and assistant principal. Within these fields, he has had the opportunity to serve with parents, connect with students and improve the instructional capacity of teachers. He also served as curriculum and test writer for DISD before pursuing a leadership role in Irving ISD.
Mr. Hernandez is committed to building strong community ties and serving students to make them college, career and life ready. Mr. Hernandez holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University.
It is an honor for Mr. Hernandez to be part of Nimitz as an Associate Principal. He has much to offer in the way of leadership, creating collaboration opportunities and establishing ongoing, open communication.
Amanda Brown, Assistant Principal
After 15 years in Education, Amanda Brown believes in the power of collaboration among teachers, administrators, parents, and community stakeholders to ensure that all students can learn and have the right to a quality education.
Before moving to Texas with her family, Mrs. Brown taught English, Theatre, and Dance in Connecticut, West Virginia, and Mississippi where she was named Mississippi Theatre Teacher of the Year in 2009. While being in Irving ISD, she has served as an English teacher, department chairperson, and campus Academic Specialist at Nimitz. She is excited and honored to remain a Viking as she transitions into administration as an Assistant Principal.
Mrs. Brown earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Education from West Liberty University in West Virginia and her Master of Education in Educational Administration from Lamar University. When she’s not at school, Mrs. Brown loves spending time with her husband and three sons, reading biographies, and traveling to NYC to enjoy the latest Broadway debut with her mother.
Vanessa Smith, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Smith is excited to be returning to Nimitz this year as an assistant principal, having taught Culinary Arts here between 2010-2014. She is beginning her thirteenth year in education this year and served as the administrative liaison for one year and as assistant principal for two years at DeZavala Middle School prior to coming to Nimitz. Mrs. Smith is excited to build teacher capacity and get to know the students here at Nimitz.
After high school, Mrs. Smith served eight years in the United States Marine Corps before heading to college. Mrs. Smith has a bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University in Family Consumer Science, a master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Human Sciences-Hospitality Administration and received her principal certification from Lamar University.
Outside of school Mrs. Smith likes to spend time with her husband, four children and twin sister, and travel as much as possible. The best place she has visited so far was Amsterdam, where she got to tour the Anne Frank House. She looks forward to visiting Panama, Iceland, Rome and Spain soon!
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.
Lisbeth Valdez, Assistant Principal
Lisbeth Valdez is excited to return to her alma mater, Nimitz High School to serve as an Assistant Principal. It is her mission to cultivate and promote an environment that fosters success for students and teachers.
Before becoming an Assistant Principal at Nimitz High School, Ms. Valdez served most recently as Academic Specialist at Irving High School. She also served in an instructional capacity as an Algebra 1 teacher.
Ms. Valdez received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington and her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas.