Canyon Ridge Middle School has a new leader at the helm. Vandegrift High School associate principal Wendy Sturdevant will take the reins as principal of CRMS. The Leander ISD Board of Trustees selected Sturdevant at Thursday night’s board meeting.

“I am excited to announce Wendy Sturdevant as the next principal for Canyon Ridge Middle School,” said LISD Superintendent Bruce Gearing, Ed.D. “Wendy is a strong leader who creates a positive learning environment for all, through input from students, staff and parents.  I feel confident that she will build upon the incredible work already happening at Canyon Ridge and only enhance the culture of excellence already established.”

Sturdevant served as associate principal at Vandegrift the past three years. Before coming to LISD, she spent 13 years in Lake Travis ISD, where she was a high school math teacher and department chair. She climbed the ranks at LTHS, her alma mater, to become an assistant, then associate principal. 

“I am extremely honored to become a part of the Canyon Ridge community and join the Eagles as we work together to continue to grow the success of all of our students,” Sturdevant said. “I look forward to meeting everyone in person, and until then, I am eager to see you online, get to know you and support you in your learning.”​ 

Sturdevant replaces Kimberly Waltmon, who was recently named LISD’s executive director of Special Programs earlier this year. District leadership is working on a transition plan for Sturdevant; further communication on when she will begin work at CRMS is forthcoming. 

Sturdevant earned both her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and master’s degree in educational leadership from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.