Canyon Ridge Middle School Principal Kimberly Waltmon’s passion for special education is coming full circle. After earning recognition in the field as a classroom teacher and a campus administrator, the Board of Trustees announced Waltmon’s selection as the district’s first executive director of special programs and services.

Waltmon will take the lead on developing and implementing programs and services for special education, administration of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) section 504, and dyslexia. 

“We are thrilled to have Kimberly Waltmon taking the lead as the new Executive Director of Special Programs and Services,” Chief Academic Officer Matt Bentz said. “Her experiences in the field of special education coupled with a proven track record of partnering with families to develop welcoming, inclusive school communities as both an elementary and middle school principal in LISD make her the perfect leadership fit for our system.” 

Waltmon started her career with LISD as a special education teacher at Giddens Elementary. Six years later, she became the assistant principal at Stiles Middle School before being named principal of Parkside Elementary. She spent the last two years as principal of Canyon Ridge Middle School. 

“As an educator, I have a heart and passion for supporting all students reach their full potential,” Waltmon said. “I am excited to partner with students, staff and families and to create inclusive communities where every student can be successful.” 

Prior to Waltmon’s selection for this new role, the programs she will lead fell under the state and federal programs department. Superintendent Bruce Gearing, Ed.D. created the new position as part of a re-organization in December. She will remain at CRMS during the transition process.

Waltmon holds both bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies and master’s in Educational Leadership degrees from Texas State University.