Stephen Pollard, Principal
After receiving a Bachelor in Business Administration in 1990, and a Masters of Arts in Spanish Culture and Civilization in 1996, both from the University of North Texas, Pollard accepted a position working for the non-profit agency, Communities in Schools. There he worked in an elementary school in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, helping children and their families through a variety of social and academic services. Previously, Pollard had taught first and second year Spanish courses at the University of North Texas as part of a teaching fellowship. As he worked more closely with elementary students and students in bilingual education specifically, Pollard knew he had found an area where he could serve children for the better. He applied and gratefully accepted a teaching position at J. O. Schulze Elementary beginning in August of 1995. Pollard immediately became a vocal advocate for English language learners. The children in his classroom consistently impressed him, and their learning inspired him to constantly improve as a teacher.
By 2004, Pollard had moved from the classroom to become the Bilingual Instructional Specialist at Britain Elementary. The following year he became the assistant principal where he quickly learned to be an advocate for all children including those in special education, gifted education and those who are learning English as a second language. At this time, Pollard also completed the required graduate courses for his certification in administration. He served 7 years as assistant principal at Britain, and in 2012, Pollard moved to Davis Elementary as the assistant principal where he continued to learn from new experiences. He moved to Johnston Elementary in 2014 as Assistant Principal. Since 2015, Pollard has served as principal where he continues to promote strong relationships between school, student, and family.
Mariana Gómez, Assistant Principal
Ms. Gómez received her Bachelor's in Business Administration from University of Texas at Arlington and her master's degree in Educational Leadership from the Concordia University in Austin. Ms. Gómez started her career in Irving ISD as a third grade bilingual teacher at Otis Brown Elementary. During her time at Brown, she also taught second and fifth grade, served as both a Special Education and support teacher. She provided intervention for K-5th grade students, coaching for teachers, and facilitated trainings and professional learning communities before becoming an Assistant Principal at Johnston Elementary.
Ms. Gómez feels truly blessed to be serving as an Assistant Principal at Johnston Elementary. She looks forward to supporting our students, teachers, parents, and community as we strive towards our goal of creating critical thinkers, leaders, and contributers in a diverse and competitive world.
Katherine Young, Assistant Principal
Katherine Young began her career in Florida as a middle school content area teacher. She transitioned to a district behavior resource teacher after four years in the classroom and then went back into the classroom as a special education English Language Arts and math teacher at an elementary campus.
Ms. Young and her family moved to Texas in 2005 and was hired at Johnston Elementary as the inclusion/resource teacher. In addition, she served as a curriculum writer and trained teachers on effective teaching practices. She was also a mentor to several student teachers.
Ms. Young spent four years in Arlington ISD as an instructional coach and RTI facilitator beginning in 2016. In February 2021, she came back to Johnston Elementary as an assistant principal. Ms. Young's passion is to work collaboratively with the community, parents, teachers, and staff so that at school students experience the best learning environment possible.
Ms. Young holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in special education from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas in Arlington.