TEMPLE, Texas — The Temple Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved Sara Bartlett as the district’s new Director of Career and Technical Education (K-12) at the board’s monthly meeting Monday night (November 13).
Bartlett comes to Temple from Waco ISD, where she currently serves as Dean of CTE Academies for Waco High School. In that position, Bartlett coordinates programs of study for CTE, to include student certifications and work-based learning opportunities for students. Bartlett also organizes and leads an advisory board with business and industry partners for the benefit of the CTE program. She has also been a classroom teacher, counselor/lead counselor for intermediate and middle school campuses, and counselor for CTE. Bartlett has also worked for Burleson ISD and Midway ISD.
“Temple ISD is so excited to welcome Sara Bartlett as our new CTE Director. She has vast experience in working CTE pathways, community partnerships and academies, combined with her proven track record working in districts our size or larger,” Dr. Bobby Ott, superintendent of Temple schools said. “The applicant pool was very competitive due to the reputation of the Temple ISD CTE program our teachers, students, and business partners. Sara is looking forward to supporting our amazing teachers, connecting with our business partners, and taking the CTE program to yet an even higher level. We are blessed to have her, and she is equally excited.”
Bartlett graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. She earned a Master of School Psychology and Counseling from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and also holds a principal certification. Bartlett and her husband, Brian, have four children.
“Whether our students are headed directly into the workforce, or into college, the foundation principles of CTE are beneficial for all,” Bartlett said. “Temple ISD is so blessed to have a strong relationship with business and industry partners. I plan to continue to extend and promote these relationships to benefit the students of Temple High School, as well as benefit our local partners by supplying well trained and prepared students.”
Temple ISD’s CTE department features classes in thirteen different career clusters and twenty programs of study. TISD CTE students earned 368 industry-based certifications and completed 575 service-based learning projects and events during the 2022-2023 school year.