Principal’s Corner

Principal’s Message – 28 Aug, 2018

David Crissey

David Crissey

Hello Kiker Comets,

My name is David Crissey and I am so very proud and excited to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year. My 24 year journey as a public educator started in Rochester, New York, where I grew up and eventually earned a Bachelor of Arts in History.  After graduation I moved to Pensacola, Florida where I studied at the University of West Florida and earned my Master of Arts in Special Education.  I was a special education teacher for nine years prior to moving into my administrative career.  I spent two years working as a district administrator supporting school campuses by creating and managing programs for students with behavioral challenges.  I subsequently moved into school-based administration and spent eight years as an elementary school administrator, four as assistant principal and four as principal. Additionally, I served as an adjunct professor at the University of West Florida for over a decade teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses.  We moved to Austin three years ago and upon arrival I proudly served on the administrative team at William B. Travis Early College High School.  I was announced as Kiker’s fifth principal on April 30, 2018 and I have been absolutely amazed at the warm and genuine support I have received during the past few months.

Bernice Kiker Elementary School is an exceptional school and I am humbled to serve alongside such a distinguished group of passionate students, educators, parents, and community partners.  The 2017-2018 Texas Education Agency accountability ratings were recently released placing Kiker Elementary firmly in the #1 spot of all elementary schools in central Texas.  Kiker Elementary is a living and breathing example of how everything is truly bigger and better in Texas.

I am here for you. If you ever need a moment with me please do not hesitate to contact the main office or simply drop me a line at [email protected].  Your children, their educational success, and their well-being and safety is of the utmost importance to me; nothing is more precious than your child and I will do everything in my power to ensure their happiness.

I am what’s right with Kiker Elementary and so are you.

Together we are Kiker.


David S. Crissey
Principal – Kiker Elementary School