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Trustees Approve Hires for Jane Long Principal, Transportation Director

During the noon workshop Monday, the Bryan ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve the promotion of current Jane Long Middle School Assistant Principal Cody Satterfield to the lead role of principal. Trustees also unanimously approved the appointment of veteran school administrator Robert Welsh as transportation director. 
“We’re very excited to know that Ms. Satterfield will step into the role filled so well at Jane Long by outgoing Principal Lindsay Harris,” said Superintendent Tommy Wallis. “Under Ms. Harris, Cody had one of the best mentors in the district, and we know she will build upon Jane Long’s success by continuing to offer students a first-class education.”

“Mr. Welsh has a rich, unique and diverse background in public schools, having served in many different roles,” Wallis said. “He has been a coach, teacher, assistant principal, principal and superintendent at smaller districts. Most recently, he coordinated transportation and other student services in Melissa ISD. His military background gives him a strong foundation in planning and logistics, which are key aspects of running a school transportation system. We are pleased to welcome him to Bryan ISD.” 

Cody Satterfield, Principal of Jane Long Middle School

Cody Satterfield has served in Bryan ISD since 2006, and served as assistant principal for the high achieving INQUIRE Academy at Jane Long Middle School since 2012. Previously, she served four years as assistant principal at Sam Rayburn Middle School. Before working in administration, she was a successful chemistry teacher who was known for high rigor in her classroom and innovative teaching that engaged students in learning.

Satterfield earned a bachelor of science degree in animal science from Texas A&M University in 2000. She obtained a master’s degree in education from Texas A&M in 2003.

Robert Welsh, Director of Transportation

Robert Welsh comes to Bryan ISD from Melissa ISD, where he served as student services coordinator. He oversaw transportation, district hearings, instructional materials, the student code of conduct and other aspects of student services.

From 2009 – 2012 Welsh served as a principal and superintendent for Centerville ISD, overseeing all aspects of the district. Previously, he was an assistant high school principal in San Augustine ISD and an assistant principal in Westwood ISD. At Royse City, Welsh led the district’s alternative campus as the middle and high school principal. Additionally, he served as a biology and history teacher, coach and assistant principal for Mt. Enterprise ISD and Rose City ISD.

From 1986 – 1994, Welsh served in the U.S. Army, assisting with legal briefs and other aspects of legal defense and prosecution in the Army’s Civil and Criminal Court of Law.

Welsh attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and earned his bachelor of science degree in secondary physical education. He earned a master’s degree in health, kinesiology and sports studies from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Photo: Cody Satterfield, Jane Long Middle School Principal