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Assistant Principals

Meet the Assistant Principals



Mrs. HanleyHello Wildcats! My name is Mrs. Hanley and this is my first year as one of the assistant principals at Justiss. I taught third grade for five years here at Justiss and then served as the Campus Technology Specialist for six years. 

Seven years ago, I was honored by being named Justiss Elementary Teacher of the Year, Paris ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Region 8 Teacher of the Year. Every job I've had has involved working with children. I have ALWAYS known that this is what I am meant to do! 

I attended Paris ISD from K-12th Grade and am a true Wildcat! I graduated from Paris High in 2007 before attending the University of North Texas in Denton. I graduated in May of 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6, graduated August 2016 with my Master’s degree in Educational Technology Leadership from Texas A&M-Commerce, and am certified as a Principal and in ESL and SPED.

I married my high school sweetheart, Matt, in August 2010 and could not be happier! I have two precious boys, Gavin and Jackson and two cats, Mac and Mia. My hobbies include technology, drawing, reading, watching movies, listening to music, playing board games, and spending time with my amazing family.  I am looking forward to getting the year started! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Go Wildcats!



Mr. SmyersHello, my name is Dustin Smyers, one of the Assistant Principals working alongside Mrs. Elmore, Principal and Mrs. Hanley, Assistant Principal.  I am so glad to be here...actually to be back! I completed my student teaching here at Justiss over 20 years ago in Mrs. Hooten’s classroom and Mrs. Meredith’s classroom.  After completing my student teaching and receiving my Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M - Commerce in 1998, I began working at Chisum Elementary.

I was a Reading Recovery, 1st grade, and 2nd grade teacher before becoming their Assistant Principal. While teaching, I received my Master of Education degree from Texas A&M - Commerce in 2003. I left Chisum after 7 years and moved to Tyler, Texas, with my daughter, and worked as a school administrator with Tyler ISD at Clarkston Elementary for 10 years. When I moved back to Paris in 2016, I became the Principal at Roxton ISD for 1 year before arriving here at Justiss Elementary.    

My daughter Emery, who is my pride and joy, is a Senior in High School.  She loves to play volleyball and I enjoy watching her play. She’s a pretty cool kid!  My favorite things to do are snow skiing, sitting on the beach, hanging out by the swimming pool, working out on my land, and being with family.  

I am so excited to be a member of the Justiss team!