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Belton ISD welcomes new Charter Oak Elementary School principal

Jennifer Conner

Charter Oak Elementary Principal Jennifer Conner

When Charter Oak Elementary welcomes its first students to school in August of 2019 they will be greeted by Principal Jennifer Conner. A familiar face to many in the district, Conner was introduced as the new campus’ leader during the Belton ISD Board of Trustees monthly meeting Monday. In addition, Hope Orsag was named the principal of Miller Heights Elementary, replacing Conner.

Conner has been the principal at Miller Heights Elementary since 2011. She has 25 years of experience in education including 13 years in Belton ISD. Before becoming a principal, Conner was a second-grade dual language teacher, instructional coach and elementary assistant principal. Sheearned a master’s degree in educational administration from Tarleton State University and abachelor’s degree from the Stephen F. Austin State University.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to continue my work as an elementary principal in Belton ISD,” said Conner. "I’m looking forward to laying the foundation for a strong campus culture at Charter Oak Elementary that delivers on our district’s mission to provide an education that challenges every student to excel.”

Hope Orsag

Miller Heights Elementary's new principal for the 2019-2020 school year Hope Orsag.

Orsag has been the assistant principal at Miller Heights Elementary since 2016. She has 17 years of experience in education all in Belton ISD. Before becoming an assistant principal,

Orsag served as a middle school science teacher, a third and fifth-grade math and science teacher, and a Title I Math teacher. She earned a master’s degree in educational administration fromTarleton State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Orsag said, “I love Miller Heights Elementary, and I’m excited about this new role. I look forward to building upon the success that our students and staff have already accomplished.”

Dr. Susan Kincannon, superintendent, said, “It’s exciting to name Jennifer and Hope for these keypositions. They know the district’s priorities and have worked diligently to increase studentachievement while building a strong school culture that supports the academic, behavior and social-emotional needs of our children. I appreciate their continued commitment to Belton ISD.”

Elizabeth Cox
December 18, 2018