El Paso ISD officials announced Friday that longtime educator Haidi Appel will be the principal of the new Coach Don Haskins PK-8 School — the EPISD Bond consolidation of Lincoln Middle with Mitzi Bond and Roberts elementary schools.
Appel, who currently serves as principal at Lincoln, will lead the transition into the new campus, which is expected to open for students in the fall.
“Ms. Appel is a proven leader with a track record of success at both the elementary and middle-school levels,” said Interim Superintendent Vince Sheffield. “Her career has been spent serving the children of this specific community for more than 20 years, so we are confident that she will do a great job in bringing these three campuses together effectively and successfully.”
Appel has been principal at Lincoln since 2014. She served as principal at Bond from 2002-2014. Other assignments in EPISD include stints as assistant principal Bond, the former Alamo Elementary and teaching positions at Morehead Middle and Western Hills Elementary.
Appel has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Texas at El Paso and is a recipient of the Barbara Livermore After High School Comes College Award from No Excuses University and the Hibbard Polk Scholarship from the Association for Childhood Education.
Her leadership positions include terms as president of several education and civic organizations, including the El Paso Chapter of the Association for Childhood Education, the Texas Association for Childhood Education, the Desert-Mountain Region Hadassah and the Jewish Federation of El Paso.