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Experienced middle school administrator will lead G. W. Carver Middle School

WACO, TX (February 20, 2024)--At G. W. Carver Middle School students are seeing a new face who will be leading their campus when they return from Spring Break. University High School Associate Principal Dennise Wooden is selected as the principal and will begin in her new role on March 11, 2024. 

“We are pleased to have Mrs. Wooden leading G. W. Carver Middle School as part of the continued transition of Waco ISD resuming operational control of campuses supervised by Transformation Waco,” Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said. “Mrs. Wooden is a proven, collaborative leader with high expectations for students and staff. Her leadership experience, along with her extensive service at the middle school level, will be valuable assets in leading G. W. Carver Middle School to even greater heights in the future.”


Wooden, a current high school administrator, former instructional coach, program director, and teacher, has been in education for 17 years, 15 of those years in middle school education. A U.S. Army military spouse and daughter of military veterans, Wooden herself served a decade in the U.S. Air Force and will bring that same leadership, mentorship, and selfless service to the campus.


“We welcome Mrs. Wooden and look forward to her onboarding, where she’ll meet our dedicated staff and connect with students and families,” said Dr. Robin McDurham, Chief Executive Officer of Transformation Waco. “I’m grateful for the collaboration between interim principal, Bamma Moore, Mrs. Wooden, Waco ISD, and the Transformation Waco team as we work together to ensure a seamless transition for the next school year. This partnership is vital to maintaining the resources and services necessary for our students’ success.”


Wooden says that her objectives are clear: Lead the school by getting to know her students which will improve academic achievement, student behavior, and attendance.


“It is evident that the staff are focused on students through building relationships and have high expectations to foster academic success,” Wooden said. “I look forward to meeting the students and working with the families in the G. W. Carver community.” 


Wooden expects no major challenges caused by transitioning into the leadership role in the Spring semester, adding that she will be able to use her passion for supporting both students and staff to ensure their success.

“It’s really the pivotal point of school,” Wooden said. “I enjoy working with students that age, helping them, and figuring out what they want to do with their next steps in high school.”