Please welcome Zach Allison to the Bastrop ISD family. He is Gateway's new principal for the 2020-2021 school year. Zach Allison’s career in education began in 2005 at Carthage High School as a teacher and coach, the same school where he graduated from four years prior and was a standout athlete. He spent five years in Carthage before moving to DeKalb ISD in 2010. Following a two year stint in DeKalb, Allison transferred to Rusk ISD where he continued to teach and coach. During his four years in Rusk, he developed a passion for working with at-risk students as the administrator of the Alternative Education Placement (AEP) program. Since 2018, Allison has worked directly with students assigned to Disciplinary AEP in Hudson ISD, while also teaching and coaching.
“My family and I are excited to join Bastrop ISD. I have 16 years of experience working with at-risk youth as a teacher, coach and administrator, and I look forward to continuing that path at Gateway to help students reach their potential regardless of their circumstances,” said Allison. “Together with the outstanding Gateway team, we will bring structure, dedication, discipline and compassion to the students and families we serve.”
Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from Texas State University, where he played basketball, and an MBA from LeTourneau University. He earned a principal certification from Lamar University. Accolades include having coached collegiate players, six playoff appearances as a coach, two state titles, and earning the 4A coach of the year award in 2018-2019. He and his wife Chartaesia will be moving to the Bastrop area this summer, along with their two daughters, six-year-old Emery and two-year-old Maliah.