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Duke’s dream as new district HR director

Karen Duke is Coppell ISD’s new govt director of human sources. Duke has led human useful resource groups at numerous faculty districts for the previous 17 years, and began working for CISD on Feb. 12, changing Kelly Mires.

As they get nearer and nearer to highschool, center schoolers are sometimes confronted with the query, “What do you wish to be once you develop up?” 

In response, they may say “I don’t know but.” Nonetheless, that was not the case for center faculty Karen Duke. As an alternative, she would proudly say, “A trainer.”

When earlier govt director Kelly Mires accepted the chief human sources officer place at Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, there was an area within the HR division for CISD. Duke, working at Area 10 Schooling Service Middle, utilized for the job.

On Jan. 22, Duke was named Coppell ISD govt director of human sources. Her first day on the job was Feb. 12.

”Particularly due to the timing of this open place, we felt like we would have liked somebody who may hit the bottom operating,” CISD HR specialist Michelle Minnick stated. “[We wanted] somebody who has served on this world earlier than or in comparable capability.”

The district’s HR govt director is tasked with managing operations and serving to information district workers.

“We talked to principals, division administrators and supervisors,” CISD administrative providers assistant supervisor Kristen Eichel stated. “All of them stated they wanted somebody who was approachable, knew all of the elements of HR and cherished college students, academics and the varsity atmosphere.”

Duke met these {qualifications}. Following her childhood dream profession, Duke initially began in schooling as a biology and anatomy/physiology trainer in addition to a basketball, cross nation and tennis coach at Crandall Excessive Faculty in Crandall ISD.

“I knew in eighth grade what I wished to do,” Duke stated. “I wished to be a trainer and make a distinction in college students’ lives.”

As time went on, Duke climbed the executive ladder. After being an assistant principal at Boswell Excessive Faculty in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, Duke entered the world of human sources the place she has remained for the previous 17 years, serving in a number of districts and regional headquarters.

“Human sources is type of like a puzzle,” Duke stated. “Every campus has a unique have to be met and you need to discover these particular wants.”

Duke labored for 5 years within the Area 10 Schooling Service Middle’s Human Assets division which helps its area faculty districts with HR duties such because the hiring course of and coaching of recent workers members. Nonetheless, her coronary heart was elsewhere. 

“She wished to work with college students, academics and workers,” Eichel stated. “Duke simply has a love for schooling and doing what’s proper for college students.”

After taking over the work of overseeing faculty districts, Duke missed being part of one. She wished to really feel a connection that comes with being in a college district. Thus, she utilized for CISD’s govt HR director place which she discovered about via a community of colleagues.

Duke made it via an utility course of that dwindled from a pool of fifty potential candidates to a pool of about half the scale, and additional narrowed down to 5 finalists. Then, on Jan. 18, Duke interviewed for a remaining time with the CISD HR division. 


“As a result of I used to be part of the interview committee, I had the advantage of listening to all of the candidates that we chosen for that interview,” Minnick stated. “Due to her background, her skillset, her expertise and her ardour, she rose to the highest of the applicant pool.”

Within the month since Duke was admitted into workplace, she has attended conferences, solved time-sensitive points and has embodied her function as the manager director of human sources.

“Our district simply known as out to her,” Minnick stated. “That is the place she wished to be.”

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