Derek Zandt, Principal
2018 - Present
2401 Brown Street
Waxahachie, Texas 75165
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Derek Zandt, a 1997 Waxahachie graduate, served as both a regular education teacher and coach for Waxahachie ISD before moving to administration for the district. During his time in the classroom, Zandt was a social studies and reading teacher at Turner, Clift, and Finley Junior High. In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Zandt was nominated seventh grade teacher of the year for Finley. Also in 2015, he was nominated Finley teacher of the year for the district.
In 2016, Zandt was named Assistant Principal at Finley Junior High. Zandt was responsible for improving instructional programs, building a positive culture, and providing discipline for the students at Finley Junior High. In 2017, Mr. Zandt was awarded Ellis County Top 40 under 40 Business Leaders in the Ellis County community. In 2018, Zandt was honored and named principal at Finley Junior High where he continues to create a safe and positive learning environment where all students are challenged and successful.
Mr. Zandt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Educational Leadership from Lamar University. He is also the Region 10 District Coordinator for the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) and member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). Mr. Zandt has served on the Waxahachie ISD Innovative Design and Long Range Planning Committees.
Mr. Zandt lives in Waxahachie and is married to Hillary (WHS Class of 2000), where she teaches third grade at Northside Elementary. They have two children, Hannah (Finley student) and Hayden (Northside student).