Dr. Merl Brandon, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Administration
Merl Brandon, an educator for 23 years, became Assistant
Superintendent for Student Services for Belton ISD on July 1, 2014. Dr. Brandon started his career in education
teaching math and computer classes and has been a school administrator for the
past 17 years. Dr. Brandon has served as
principal in Irion County, Miles and most recently as principal of Lincoln
Middle School, a campus of just over 1,000 students in San Angelo ISD.
In 2012, Dr. Brandon was recognized as the Texas
Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) Texas Secondary Principal of the
Year. Other recognitions include the HEB
Excellence in Education State Finalist and the Angelo State University Outstanding
Alumnus Award. Dr. Brandon attributes
his success to the wonderful teachers, students, parents, and community members
he has had the opportunity to work with.
Phil Haggerty, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
Phil Haggerty has been involved in public education for the past six and a half years. He became the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services on September 15, 2014. Mr. Haggerty began his career in business upon graduation from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990 with a degree in accounting. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1992. Mr. Haggerty has been a partner of a CPA firm, the Director of Internal Auditing for Central Texas College as well as a senior financial manager for various business operations in the Central Texas region.
Mr. Haggerty graduated from Central Texas College while on active duty with the U.S. Army at Fort Hood assigned to the 47th Ordnance Detachment (EOD). He received an honorable discharge from the Army in 1986 and began classes at the University of Texas that fall. He later returned to school and earned his MBA from Tarleton State University Central Texas in 2004. Mr. Haggerty is a member of the AICPA, the Texas Society of CPA’s and is an active Rotarian.
Mr. Haggerty says, “Education and dedicated educators have opened paths that I never could have imagined coming from rural, northeastern Montana. All the success I have ever known can be directly attributed to the educators that have taken their time to teach me. I look forward to many more years of being associated with this fine group of individuals.”
Dr. Deanna Lovesmith, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Deanna Lovesmith, an educator for 22 years, became Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Belton ISD on July 20, 2014. Dr. Lovesmith started her career in education teaching math at the middle school level. She has been a school counselor and served in school administration for the past 16 years. Dr. Lovesmith has served as a Director of Federal Programs and Curriculum in the Waco area and most recently as principal of Belton New Tech High School @Waskow in Belton ISD.
Dr. Lovesmith attended Baylor University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education and Masters of Science in Educational Psychology. While attending Baylor, she was one of two students awarded the President's Award. In 2009, she earned her doctorate from Texas A&M University in Educational Administration. Her focus work was on school design in relation to student learning.
In 2011, she came to Belton ISD to open Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow with a focus on project-based learning. In just three years, the campus was recognized as an Apple Distinguished School and a demonstration site for the New Tech Network. Dr. Lovesmith contributes this success to teachers that are lifelong learners committed to excellence and students who love to learn and lead others.