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Ms. Collings - Assistant Principal

Kristina Collings earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Southern Methodist and her master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University.  She has been a member of Walnut Hill Elementary for sixteen years. During her time at WHE she has taught reading, math, science and social studies in the PreK, 2nd, 3rd, and 2nd/3rd mixed age grades. She also held the position of Campus Instructional Coach for three years.  In addition to teaching and coaching, Ms. Collings is the Campus Activity Coordinator, UIL Coordinator, co-coach of Lone Star Challenge and UIL academic teams, and member of Campus Instructional Leadership Team (CILT), Site Based Decision Making (SBDM), and Lighthouse.

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Ms. Dueñes - Assistant Principal

Nancy Dueñes started her career as an educator in 2004 in her hometown of El Paso, TX.  After three years as a bilingual teacher, she uprooted and moved to Dallas in 2007 to find new opportunities. Ms. Dueñes taught in grades K-4 as a Bilingual teacher in a self contained setting for eight years. She worked as a literacy instructional coach for the past five years.  Ms. Dueñes earned her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Currently, she is part of the Aspiring Leaders program, where she is finishing up her second master’s degree in Urban Educational Leadership through Southern Methodist University (SMU) partnership with Dallas ISD. She is very excited to be part of the Walnut Hill Hawks and is committed to striving for excellence.  Ms. Dueñes is a proud parent of 3 Walnut Hill Hawks graduates.