JISD Approves the Hire of Three New Administrators
The Joshua ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire three new administrators
for the 2020-21 school year during the regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday, May
Corey Hickerson was approved to become the district's Chief of Administrative
Services. He will oversee Operations, Child Nutrition, Transportation, Club eXcel and
Health Services, Safety and Security. Mr. Hickerson is an alumnus of Joshua High
School and most recently served as the Principal of Buffalo High School in Buffalo ISD.
As Principal, Mr. Hickerson helped lead his campus to the highest A-F ratings in the
county, maximized the athletic enrollment, CTE enrollment, and focused on a daily
intensive instruction period. He has also served in various other roles including as an
assistant principal, teacher, and coach for other districts. Mr. Hickerson received his
Masters of Business Administration from Tarleton State University and his Bachelor of
Science at Texas State University.
Tanya Chernow was approved as the new Principal at Caddo Grove Elementary. Mrs.
Chernow is currently the Assistant Principal at Elder Elementary. She previously served
as the Assistant Principal at Loflin Middle School. At both campuses, she served as the
504 Coordinator and T-TESS Appraiser. Mrs. Chernow also served as a teacher in
Crowley ISD. She received her Master's in Education in Teaching and Administrative
Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington. She received her B.A. in
Communications from Vanguard University in California. Mrs. Chernow made the
Dean's Honor List at both universities.
Jennifer Leonard is the new Assistant Principal at Plum Creek Elementary. She comes
to Joshua from J.R. Irvin Elementary in Midlothian ISD, where she was a Fourth Grade
Teacher. While at Midlothian ISD, Ms. Leonard used data to help with individualized
learning and appropriate content focus in small group instruction, along with Response
to Intervention. She also provided innovative learning by integrating technology to
support the 1:1 initiative and 21st-century learning. Ms. Leonard was also a
Kindergarten teacher at Irving Elementary, and received her Bachelor's of Science in
Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M Commerce, graduating with Cum Laude
Honors. She received her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the
The University of North Texas.