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Killeen ISD honors first female African-American principal

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by Brandi Powell, News 8 Austin

alicedouse1Retired principal Alice Douse made history, and the Killeen Area Alliance of Black School Educators is honoring her work.

She broke barriers in the Killeen Independent School District, and she’s impacting generations to follow.

Thinking back to all the memorable moments when Douse was principal gave local educators something to smile about.

They said this legend of sorts paved the way for them.

Douse hired Donna Campbell to work at Hay Branch Elementary.

“She was really helpful and motivating, and I really enjoyed my experience,” Campbell said.

In 1975, Douse became the first female African-American principal in the KISD.

Former students said she was a trailblazer of sorts.

“She was definitely a trendsetter in the area,” former Haynes Elementary student Lynette Martin said. “She’s paved the way for a lot of minority teachers and principals in the area.”

Martin said she’s switching careers to become a teacher and credits Douse as a motivating figure.

Former students and teachers said Douse had an impact on them in the past. Now, Douse is looking to the future.

“Now there’s something happening in Killeen that I am excited about,” Douse said. “There are more administrators — African-American administrators — and I think it’s so important because kids need to see images that remind them of them, or look like them.”

Former Haynes student Brett Williams said he wants to leave an impression like Douse did for him and wants younger generations to follow in their footsteps.

“I want five, 10, 15 years down the road, when the next kid comes along that looks like me, I want that same group of people to say that reminds me of a young Brett Williams, that reminds me of a young Alice Douse,” he said.

The KISD said this year, of 45 schools in the district, eight have African-American principals.

Six of those Killeen ISD principals are African-American women.

For her efforts, the Killeen Area Alliance of Black School Educators will honor Douse at their annual event Tuesday.


Written by Symphony

December 4, 2008 at 12:08 am

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  1. Who was the first female African-American teacher in Chicago Public School District, and when, and who was first female African-American principal in Chicago Public School District and when?

    Erlinda Castro

    December 16, 2008 at 11:31 pm

  2. Alice Douse made a difference in my teaching career. She was one of the best principal I worked for. I loved her because she was there to support her teachers, community and friends.
    I will always remember you, Alice Douse.

    Kathleen Cruz-Moyet

    February 10, 2009 at 5:41 pm

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