TEXARKANA — The Pleasant Grove Independent School District board of trustees named Kristen Giles as their new principal at Pleasant Grove High School.
Giles ahs been with the district for 27 years and brings experience and familiarity to the position.
“Kristen Giles is dedicated, enthusiastic, and driven to motivate students and teachers to set the standard of excellence,” said Pleasant Grove ISD Superintendent Chad Pirtle. “She knows the students, staff, and community and has a foundation of trust with each group. She will continue to provide great leadership to Pleasant Grove High School. Her passion for our district will positively impact the students and staff of Pleasant Grove High School, and I look forward to seeing the great things that will come from high school under her leadership.”
Giles had recently been the assistant principal at the high school. From 2007-18, Giles helped the district pass three bonds and founded an Education Foundation as the Director of Business and Community Partnerships. Giles has also served as PG Middle School Assistant Principal, an Instructional Technologist, and a teacher for PGISD.
“Hawk Nation has always been my home, and I am honored to serve as the principal of Pleasant Grove High School,” said Giles. “My priority is to continue in our mission of ensuring high levels of learning for all students by building strong relationships with our students, staff, parents, and community members.”
Giles received her bachelor of science in education and master of education in administration from Texas A&M University-Texarkana, where she received the distinguished alumni award, and has served in numerous community organizations from the Junior League of Texarkana (where she served as president) to the United Way. Giles is also a past board member of First United Methodist Church in Texarkana, Arkansas.
Giles and her husband, Derick, have twin boys, Clark and Jackson (21).