Mikala Hill wins the 2018 Athena Leadership award
“That was a whirlwind of a day, I was extremely shocked,” Mikala Hill, recipient of the Athena Leadership award, said.
Hill, the communications director of Burleson ISD, grew up in Burleson started her career as a spanish teacher at Burleson High School. When Dr. Jimerson came to the district, he made Hill the assistant principal at Taylor Elementary School. Later, she was promoted again to the principal at Norwood Elementary School.
Hill said she has looked up to the Athena’s for a long time.
“Patsy Dumas gave me my first car loan,” Hill said. “Peggy Joans is a retired educator and was my assistant principal. I’ve already known who the Athena’s are, because they travel in this pack of graceful ladies. They came to one of our board meetings this year and donated $20,000 to the Burleson Opportunity Fund because they felt like it was a worthy cause. That’s their thing, they do good in our community.”
Hill volunteers with several organizations, such as the Character Council, Burleson Opportunity Fund and the Chamber of Commerce. She also volunteers with her daughter’s spartan athletic club, the concession stand at softball games and banquet planning.
“Being involved, I see it was those things that gave me the opportunity for the leadership award,” Hill said. “I look up to so many of the Athena’s for different reasons and when they named me that, I don’t consider myself to be worthy of that title, because these people have been role models for me for so long. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to embrace it.”
Hill has been the communications director for the district since 2015, when Dr. Jimerson decided the district would benefit from such a position.
“The district has always been partnered with community members and different groups, but not in the ay that we do now. Being in this position, I am able to be on the Character Council and put together things to fully support our district being a city of character,” said Hill.
Hill is also pursuing an education doctorate degree from Texas Wesleyan University and is currently writing her dissertation on the business of schooling.
“It’s critical that we share our messages with the public,” Hill said. “We are making sure we are personalizing ourselves in our community to say, ‘we have a voice.’ Telling the stories of our kids and teachers is so important.”