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Fort Bend Taps 2015 Principal of the Year to Lead Heritage Rose Elementary
August 12, 2015
Westin Homes

Exciting news for children moving into the newest Sienna Plantation community of Saw Mill Lake!

Heritage Rose Elementary School is welcoming a new principal, Fort Bend Independent School District 2015 Elementary Principal of the Year, Lavanta Williams.

Also new to the school is Tommy Bellard, who joins incumbent Nancy Sanchez as assistant principal at the school, one of four elementary schools that serve Sienna Plantation.

Williams brings 19 years of experience to Heritage Rose, first as a science specialist and teacher in Louisiana and then in administrative positions in Fort Bend ISD elementary schools. He joined the school district in 2008 serving as assistant principal first at Ridgemont Elementary and then, a year later, at Blue Ridge Elementary.

In 2011 he was named principal at another Fort Bend school, Ridgegate Elementary. During his tenure there, he was instrumental in dramatically raising math and reading scores. He was chosen Elementary Principal of the Year by his peers in 2015 in recognition for his outstanding leadership, service and dedication to students, faculty and staff.

Williams said he is excited to join the Heritage Rose family. He envisions a future where parents, teachers and students work together to achieve academic success.

“This is going to be a team effort,” Williams said. “It’s a collaboration between the community, the parents, the kids, my staff and myself. We are planning to increase parental involvement, increase afterschool programs and do everything we can to help each child reach his or her full potential.”

Bellard joined Fort Bend ISD in 1998 as a fourth-grade teacher at Sienna Crossing Elementary School. He taught there for nine years until being named assistant principal at Highlands Elementary School in 2006. Three years later, he joined Lantern Lane Elementary in the same capacity.

Bellard says he is thrilled to be joining the Heritage Rose staff and the school’s vision for academic success mirrors his own philosophy.

“Throughout my teaching career I have embraced the ideal that each and every child deserves an opportunity to grow to their greatest capacity,” Bellard said.

Nancy Sanchez, who joined the school in 2014 as an assistant principal, said she was very excited to be working with both Williams and Bellard.

“I’m very excited for the coming school year,” Sanchez said. “It’s been a blessing, if parents could see what is going on behind the scenes they would be just as excited.”

Lavanta Williams
Lavanta Williams


About Sienna Plantation

Sienna Plantation is a 10,000-acre, award-winning master planned community by The Johnson Development Corp, just minutes southwest of Houston’s employment, entertainment and cultural centers via the Fort Bend Parkway. One of the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities in 2014 according to the John Burns Real Estate Consulting Group, Sienna Plantation offers new homes ready for move-in from the $300s to the millions. Families enjoy three water parks, including the south’s largest private water adventure park, 36 parks and playgrounds, the Camp Sienna Sports Complex, the Sienna Plantation Golf Club, tennis courts and lakes for fishing and kayaking. Plus, residents enjoy activities planned by a full-time Lifestyle Director. Children attend schools within the highly acclaimed Fort Bend Independent School District, including five located within the community. For more information, go to www.siennaplantation.com.