Dr. Andra Penny is currently a practicing elementary school principal at Cottonwood Creek Elementary in Coppell, Texas. She has served as the principal of the school since its inception in 1996. Cottonwood Creek Elementary has been awarded the state’s highest “Exemplary” rating by the Texas Education Agency for all 16 years. Prior to leading Cottonwood Creek, she was an assistant principal in Coppell ISD and Denton ISD, both Texas public school systems. Dr. Penny taught Kindergarten for seventeen years and Gifted and Talented education for one year. She has a total of almost 40 years in Texas public schools. Andra received her BS in Elementary Education, MEd in Early Childhood Education, and PhD in Early Childhood Education/Public School Administration from the University of North Texas. For the past seventeen years, Dr. Penny has been an adjunct professor at UNT where she has taught in the departments of Educational Administration, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Curriculum and Instruction.Dr. Penny is also an adjunct professor with Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University. Andra has served on the state board of Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association for 10 years, and served as the President of the association in 2009-10. TEPSA is the largest organization for elementary principals in the nation. She is the recipient of many awards and honors including the UNT Outstanding Alumnae for two years and National Distinguished Principal finalist. Dr. Penny is a frequent keynote speaker and presenter.