Popular Local Educators Make Moves to Join P.G.I.S.D.


Two popular local educators have made moves to the Pleasant Grove Independent School District. Carla Dupree, most recently Principal at Texas High will be the new Assistant Superintendent of Schools. Matt Fry will be leaving L.E.I.S.D. for the position of Director of Operations.

Press Release:

The Pleasant Grove ISD Board of Trustees approved Carla Dupree for the position of Assistant
Superintendent of Schools on Tuesday, May 11 at their regular called board meeting. Dupree joins
Pleasant Grove ISD with 21 years of administration experience, most recently serving as the principal of Texas High School for the past three years.

“We are excited for Mrs. Dupree to join the Pleasant Grove Independent School District as Assistant
Superintendent,” Superintendent Chad Pirtle stated. “Mrs. Dupree brings an exceptional level of quality to our school district and her impact on ensuring high levels of learning for all students will radiate throughout our district and positively change the lives of our students.”

Dupree brings to the position 26 years in education. Her career began in 1995 as an English and speech teacher at Queen City High School in Queen City ISD. From 2007-2014, Dupree was the Queen City Elementary School Principal, and from 2014-2017, Dupree served as the Queen City High School Principal. Dupree moved to Texarkana ISD in June 2017 to serve as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, and in July 2018, Dupree became the Texas High School Principal. Dupree serves on the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) Board of Directors, is the Region 8 TASSP Coordinator, and was named the 2020 TASSP Region 8 Principal of the Year.

Dupree received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Speech Communication from Stephen F. Austin State University. Dupree holds a Master of Education and Principal Certification from Texas A&M University- Commerce. Dupree and her husband, Scott, have one son, Davis, who is a student at Texas A&M University- Texarkana pursuing a BSN.

The Pleasant Grove ISD Board of Trustees approved Matt Fry for the position of Director of Operations on Tuesday, May 11 at their regular called board meeting. Fry brings 17 years of experience in education to the position and will oversee daily operations including maintenance and transportation for the district.

Superintendent Chad Pirtle stated, “Mr. Fry has been a leader in education and in the Texarkana area for many years. I am excited to bring his experiences, leadership, and energy to the Pleasant Grove Independent School District. I feel certain his leadership will positively impact our ability to achieve our mission of ensuring high levels of learning for all students.”

For the past nine years, Fry has been the Director of Communications for Liberty-Eylau ISD. From
2007-2012, Fry taught at Liberty-Eylau High School and served as the District UIL Coordinator. From
2004-2007, Fry taught journalism, graphic design, and Spanish at Liberty-Eylau Middle School. In 2006, he earned the Liberty-Eylau Campus Teacher of the Year Award.

A member of the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA), Fry has earned “Best in Category” for his designs and marketing campaigns. Fry serves on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards for Northside Church, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Salvation Army, and the Boys and Girls Club. Fry is the President Elect of the Wilbur Smith Rotary Club, the President of the Board of Directors for the Liberty-Eylau Fire Department, and a graduate of the Leadership Texarkana Class of 2014.

Fry received his Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Texas A&M University- Texarkana and his Master of Science in Educational Technology Leadership from Lamar University. Matt’s wife, Amber is a teacher at Pleasant Grove Intermediate School. Matt and Amber have two children, Mason (11) and Addison (12), both students at Pleasant Grove ISD.


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