Crandall HS principal set to expand role in Tyler ISD as district’s Director of Special Education

May 19, 2020

Crandall High School Principal Jeannia Dykman has been named Director of Special Education in Tyler ISD. The TISD school board approved Dykman for the new role, which will provide her the opportunity to reach students across the district, at last night’s regularly scheduled board meeting.

Ms. Dykman has served as principal at Crandall HS since 2016. She said the decision was difficult but she will take her memories and experiences with her as she moves to East Texas. Overall, she has served CISD for 19 years at both the elementary and secondary levels.

“Accepting this unexpected and unique opportunity was a difficult decision, yet is best for my husband and me, as we are relocating to East Texas later this year to be closer to family on a full-time basis,” Dykman said. “It also allows me to positively impact students, teachers and principals in a larger capacity while serving on a district-wide level.”

CISD Superintendent Dr. Wendy Eldredge praised Dykman for her impact on students and families, and also understood the opportunity was one she could not pass up.

“Ms. Dykman is a fixture in our Crandall ISD community and has been for almost 20 years,” Eldredge said. “That speaks volumes about her dedication and passion for what she does. Countless students have taken her lessons—as both a teacher and campus leader—and bettered their lives with what she has shared.

“She can now reach a broader audience from the district level and Tyler ISD is blessed to have her. I know she will have much success and do great things in this new role.”

Dykman will finish the school year at Crandall HS and said it is fitting that one of her final duties as principal will be seeing this year’s senior class cross the stage at graduation.

“I have been with these kids four years,” she said. “Some I have known since my time as principal at Walker Elementary School. It will be uplifting to see the culmination of their K-12 education, certainly in overcoming the challenges of this year, as they graduate next month.”

Tyler ISD maintains a total of 36 campus and auxiliary facilities, and serves more than 18,000 students. The district is comprised of two high schools, an Early College High School, Career & Technology Center, five middle schools, 17 elementary schools, two alternative schools, and one special education campus.