Echols Named as HSSD Assistant Superintendent

Echols Named as HSSD Assistant Superintendent
Posted on 06/24/2019
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The Hot Springs School District Administration and School Board are pleased to announce

that after a special called Hot Springs School District (HSSD) Board Meeting, Mrs. Taryn Echols has been selected as a new HSSD Assistant Superintendent beginning July 1, 2019. 

A native of Helena, Arkansas, Mrs. Echols has served in administrative roles within the HSSD since 2013. Echols was an assistant principal at Hot Springs Intermediate for two and a half years before she moved to Langston Magnet School to serve as principal in 2016.  Her most recent tenure was leading as principal of Hot Springs World Class High School since 2017, where she was instrumental in establishing a culture of learning through collaboration. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff,  Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Harding University and Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Arkansas. She will earn her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership P-20 in December, 2019 from Harding University, where she is an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership program.


“We are very excited to add Mrs. Echols to our core leadership team at HSSD. She brings well-rounded expertise and experience that will be invaluable to us as we continue to grow and change as a district in the heart of Hot Springs,” says HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus. “Her dedication, integrity, and hard work are a wonderful example for our students and staff members. We will begin immediately working with Mrs. Echols in her new position to streamline K-12 curriculum, focus on best instructional practices, and foster continued growth through professional learning communities at all schools.” 

“I am honored to have the opportunity to help continue leading at this wonderful school district. I believe in the success of all students, and know that engagement through collaborative work with the entire school community is the key to achieving success,” says Mrs. Echols. “I am proud to come from a long line of educators who are committed to changing the lives of students. I look forward to continue empowering our HSSD staff members to lead through service to our students and community. Our focus will continue to be creating the best educational experience for students.”

Before coming to the HSSD, Mrs. Echols started her educational career as a science educator at Ted Polk Middle School in Carrollton, Texas and then moved to Watson Chapel Junior High in 2009.  There she taught science and later was named assistant principal. She is married to Rodney Echols, Director of Athletics, Maintenance, and Transportation for the HSSD. They have two children, Ethan(8) and Emory (3).

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