Principal: Jeanne Goka
Jeanne Goka began her career in education at Cullen Junior High, an urban school within the Houston Independent School District. Before becoming the first principal of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Ms. Goka was the director of Austin ISD’s Kealing Middle School Magnet Program for Advanced Academics. During her tenure, the program added a sixth grade and doubled the number of magnet applicants. Her students scored the highest in the district in all of the subtests of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests in 2006. She also served as the academic dean and taught English at St. Michael’s Academy in Austin.
Jeanne was the community’s choice as a guest Mother Ginger in Ballet Austin’s Nutcracker performance, was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America of Central Texas, received the Corazon Community Award from Con Mi Madre, and was featured in the Austin Woman Magazine August 2011 issue. She was recently selected to serve on the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools as the first representative of public all-girls schools. She lives with her husband, writer Lou Dubose, and is proud of her children, Michael of Austin and Emiko of Portland, Oregon. She also considers herself the surrogate mother and now Mother Ginger to her students, faculty, and staff.
Director of Middle Grades: Texanna Turner
Texanna Turner has completed 33 years as an educator in the Austin Independent School District. Prior to becoming the Director of Middle Grades at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, she served as a special education teacher at Pearce and Covington Middle Schools, and as Principal of Mary Jane Sims Elementary. During her time at Sims, the school moved from Low Performing to Recognized in the State Accountability System, a first for an East Austin campus. As an administrator at the Ann Richards School, she has become part of a team that ensures the success of girls by empowering them to become leaders of the future. Texanna is the proud mom of 29 year-old Justin Grady, who frequently reminds her of how proud he is of her dedication to educating children, and for pushing him to become the best man he can be.
Assistant Principal for High School: Kristina Waugh
Kristina Waugh has been an educator for 23 years. She began her career as a high school teacher and coach in the Killeen Independent School District. Mrs. Waugh has taught Psychology, Sociology, and Special Education at both the high school and middle school level. Prior to joining the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders Mrs. Waugh was the lead guidance counselor for Crockett High School in Austin. Mrs. Waugh is married and has two children.
Asssistant Principal for Middle School: Anah Sikorsky-Wiersema
Anah Wiersema began her career as an educator 10 years ago as an art teacher at a K – 8 school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and received her bachelors degree in Art Education. Following her time in Milwaukee, she taught bilingual 1st grade at an International School in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. After teaching in Honduras, Anah was an art teacher in Round Rock, Texas, and eventually the curriculum coordinator of the International Baccalaureate program at the school. While teaching in Round Rock, Anah pursued her Masters degree at the University of Texas at Austin in Educational Administration. Her background in art education and interdisciplinary teaching has made her an effective proponent of Project-Based learning and Maker education. Ms. Wiersema is married and has two very spoiled dogs. She loves Austin’s great outdoor culture and all it has to offer.