From Bear Den to Raider Nation

Birmingham head of staff named new Associate principal for 2019-2020


photo credit courtesy of B&E Photography

Doolen does it all // Currently the Birmingham Elementary principal, Tiffany Doolan will take over Mrs. Janet Wyatt’s position as Associate Principal starting the 2019-2020 school year. Doolan is excited for her future endeavors at East and plans to make her mark on students. “I felt honored and thrilled for this opportunity,” Doolan said. “My hope is that I leave a mark of positivity, hope and servant leadership. I want to be the smile that brightens your day, and the voice of encouragement to tackle any task.”

writer Liz Harkins, Copy Editor

As of May 6, the current principal of Birmingham Elementary, Mrs. Tiffany Doolan, is the newest addition to the school administration for the 2019-2020 school year. Doolan is taking over Mrs. Janet Wyatt’s duties as the new associate principal. To give students a better sense of who she is, Doolan answered some of the school’s burning questions.


Q: How long have you lived in Wylie and how long have you taught in Wylie?

A: My family and I have lived in Wylie since 2007. The 2018-19 school year [is] my 12th year in Wylie ISD and my 16th year in education.


Q: What’s your family like?

A: I’ve been married to my wonderful husband, Ben, for 15 years and we have two beautiful children, Ryleigh and Brayden.


Q: Where did you attend college and what degrees did you earn?

A: I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, and a Master of Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University.


Q: How did you react when you were named the new Associate Principal [at East]?

A: I felt honored and thrilled for this opportunity.


Q: Are you excited to work with Mr. Williams and the other APs?

A: I’m not sure I could be more excited about learning from and with Mr. Williams and the assistant principals. I know the collaboration of our strengths is going to make for a superhero-type team!


Q: Is this your first time working in a high-school dynamic? Do you prefer a specific level of education to work in?

A: My first years in Wylie I served as a Special Education teacher at Wylie High School. I can’t say I prefer one level of education over the other. I enjoy the learning process and supporting teachers, students and the school community at all levels.


Q: Are you going to miss your position at Birmingham? If so, what will you miss most?

A: I’m most definitely going to miss my Birmingham Bears and our families. They have been a large part of my life for the last five years. We have tackled many goals together [at Birmingham] in such a short period of time. And I can’t even begin to tell you have much I have learned from the teachers, students and families at Birmingham. I’m looking forward to seeing them as Wylie East Raiders very soon!


Q: How do you plan on leaving your mark on students here at East?

A: My hope is that I leave a mark of positivity, hope and servant leadership. I want to be the smile that brightens your day, and the voice of encouragement to tackle any task. I want students, teachers and the #RaiderNation families to know that I’m here to serve. I’m here to ensure the Raiders are successful in all of their endeavors.


Q: Any advice for freshmen entering high school, the new senior class of 2020, or other WEHS students?

A: Channel your confidence! Believe in yourself and know that ANYTHING is possible. Be YOU and be the BEST you in all that YOU do. YOU. ARE. GREATNESS.


As for Mrs. Wyatt, she will assume a position at Achieve Academy during the 2019-2020 school year. The current Assistant Principal of Birmingham Elementary, Tracy Halligan, will replace Mrs. Doolan’s position as Principal and hopes to continue on the legacy Doolan left behind.

“I am honored to have been named the principal of Birmingham Elementary,” Halligan said. “I look forward to continuing the legacy established by Mrs. Doolan and former principals.”