Sammy the Star

Dobie Pre-Kindergarten School

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Principal Kirstyn Hart

Mrs. Hart is the Principal of Dobie Pre-Kindergarten School which consists of 30 Early Childhood classrooms in the Richardson High School Learning Community in Richardson ISD.  She has 27 years of experience in the field of education and has served as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal at Arapaho Classical Magnet, assistant principal at Dobie and principal at Dobie.  This is her 13th year as the Dobie Principal.   

Mrs. Hart grew up in New Mexico, but moved to Abilene, Texas to attend McMurry University where she earned a bachelors degree with a major in elementary education.  While working as a teacher in RISD, she earned her masters degree in education administration from Texas A&M Commerce.  

Mrs. Hart is passionate about early childhood education and helping children build a strong foundation in academic skills and emotional intelligence.  She has a strong belief that all students deserve access to high quality early childhood education.   

Mrs. Hart and her husband have two children. Their oldest child is a graduate of Richardson High School and their youngest child is currently attending Richardson High School.  They love to cheer for the RHS Eagles, especially the RHS Golden Eagle Band!  Away from Richardson, they love to spend time in the mountains and visit family out of state.   

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Assistant Principal Paige Korte-Arata

Mrs. Korte-Arata is the Assistant Principal for Dobie Pre-Kindergarten School.  She has over 15 years of experience in the field of education, 14 of them in RISD.  She has served as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, reading interventionist,  and assistant principal of Dobie.   Mrs. Korte-Arata has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and received her Texas Teacher Certification in Dallas.  She received a Masters of Spanish Language and Culture from the University of Salamanca and her Principal Certification from the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Mrs. Korte-Arata is passionate about literacy and has a strong belief that it is imperative that parents and educators work together to foster the love of reading in the early childhood years.   

Korte-Arata grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Dallas in 2008.  She is an avid reader and enjoys spending time being active outdoors with her husband, Patrick, and their dog, Scarlett.