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Upland Heights Elementary School

Assistant Principals

Lara Nelson
Lara Nelson
Upland Heights Elementary Assistant Principal

My name is Lara Nelson, and I am honored to be the Assistant Principal at Upland Heights. I came to Upland Heights in 2017, and LOVE being at the best school around!  I look forward to getting to know the parents and the students better this school year and am here to help make this your child’s best school year yet!


I have been in the public education realm for over 14 years.  Before becoming an Assistant Principal, I taught everything from 1st Grade through 5th Grade and worked as a Reading Specialist for 2 years.  I love working with all different ages of students and know what it takes for kids to learn and have a good educational experience.


Before teaching, I attended Angelo State University where I met my husband, Jeff.  We have two children who both attend Frenship, and we all bleed blue and gold!  I hope that your family will be involved in the Frenship community and will be filled with Tiger Pride!


I am looking forward to working with each of you and your children this year. Please feel free to send notes, call, come by, or e-mail with any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you for all you do for your child! I know that we will have an outstanding year together!

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Misty Speck
Upland Heights Elementary Assistant Principal

My name is Misty Speck and I am excited to be one of the assistant principals at Upland Heights Elementary.  I look forward to getting to know the students and their families as well as helping students achieve their goals this year! 


I graduated from Texas Tech University and taught for a total of 12 years at both Canyon and Frenship ISD.  I then graduated from Angelo State University with a Master of Education degree.  When Upland Heights opened in 2016, I served as the school counselor for 4 years.  I also served as the assistant principal at Shallowater Middle School for the last 2 years. 


I am married with 3 children, and we have a Boston Terrier named Pixie.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends, shopping, reading, eating out, and watching my children in their various activities.  I love being a part of the Upland Heights family and want to thank you in advance for your support as we navigate through another wonderful year!