Eldred named Quitman Elementary principal


Quitman Elementary School has a new leader and she is a familiar face in QISD.

Brittany Eldred, who has been an academic advisor at Quitman High School for two years, will move west on East Goode Street to take over the reins as the principal replacing the retiring Mary Ann Nichols. 

Eldred, and her husband Steve, make their home in the Alba area. Steve is a firefighter for the city of DeSoto south of Dallas.

“We lived in the Metroplex for five years where I was an elementary teacher and curriculum writer for a few districts ranging from 1A to 6A in size,” she said. “We moved to East Texas to be closer to family. My experience has ranged from teaching special education to being a special education case manager to student advisor at the high school.”

Eldred received a master of education in educational leadership and principal certification from Stephen F. Austin University in December 2013 where she had a 4.0 grade point average. She also has a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies from Tarleton State University where she graduated in May 2011. She is a graduate of Waxahachie High School.

“It is truly an honor to become part of the elementary school family and community,” she said. “My last few years in Quitman have shown me what a special place it is and I am excited about our future. I am thankful for the opportunity given to me by Mrs. Rhonda Turner. I believe wholeheartedly that every student deserves a quality education that only happens when the school and the families work together for the best interests of our children.”

Eldred has taught and been a case manager in the Alba-Golden ISD as well as teaching at Brownsboro Elementary, Hubbard Elementary and Vista Academy of DeSoto. She is also an adjunct college instructor at Tyler Junior College teaching education.

Eldred is ready for the challenge. “I am truly blessed to be given this opportunity and look forward to immersing myself completely in our school and community,” Eldred noted. “I believe my main responsibility is to put our teachers in the best possible position to succeed, as they will in turn put our children in the best possible position to succeed.”