Conroe ISD names two educators as top administrators



The Conroe Independent School District on Tuesday promoted from within two long-time educators to serve the roles of principal of Hauke Alternative High School and assistant superintendent of secondary education.

Woodlands High School Principal Gregg Colschen, who has been at the campus since 2002, will now take on the role of assistant superintendent of secondary education for the district. Dr. John Williams, who has been the assistant principal at the Conroe High School ninth grade campus, will become the new principal at Hauke Alternative High School, replacing Paula Nicolino, who is stepping down this year.

Incoming Superintendent Dr. Curtis Null called Williams a “dynamic leader.” The board approved the move unanimously.

“I know he will lead that campus with pride and will do us all proud,” Null said.


Williams thanked the board for the opportunity to lead the campus and said he was humbled by the decision.

Melanie Bush, president of the CISD board of trustees, said choosing Williams and Colschen was the right decision.

“Colschen is such an icon of The Woodlands High School,” Bush said. “You cannot find a better high school principal than him. He has done such a fabulous job there. I’m excited for him to take this next step and lead the district’s secondary education.”

Bush said she was equally excited to welcome Williams as the head of Hauke Alternative.

“I am very excited for Dr. Williams taking the position of principal of Hauke Alternative School,” Bush said. “Hauke is such a hidden gem. A lot of districts don’t have the luxury of having an academic alternative school, so this touches those kids who would otherwise fall through the cracks. Williams understands that.”

Williams joined the Conroe ISD in 2001 as an elementary and special education teacher and community liaison at Anderson Elementary School, where he helped develop student-led after-school tutoring programs to teach underprivileged students.

In 2004, Williams became the assistant principal at Conroe High School. In 2016, he eventually moved to a role as assistant principal at the ninth grade campus.

Williams received his bachelor of science in 1978 from the University of Arkansas and his graduate degree from Sam Houston State University in 2004. In 2008, while Williams was at Conroe High School, he received his doctorate in educational leadership. Williams was on the Sam Houston State University Educational Leadership Advisory Board in 2010.

Colschen, 62, comes to the position with more than 32 years of public education under his belt. He has been the principal of The Woodlands High School for 16 years, having followed outgoing district Superintendent Dr. Don Stockton, who was head of the school from 1999 to 2002.

Colschen, who hails from Clinton, Iowa, joined the district after coaching and teaching for three years at a high school in the Aldine Independent School District. Colschen served five years as an assistant principal at Westfield High School, as well as various coaching and administrative roles in Spring Independent School District.

Colschen graduated from Carthage College in Wisconsin with degrees in history and physical education. He received his graduate degree from what’s now known as the University of Louisiana – Monroe.

As Colschen takes the role of superintendent of secondary education, James Kacur moves to assistant superintendent of operations and Dr. Chris Hines becomes deputy superintendent.

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