New Lanier Principal

Welcome, Principal Dave Wheat

The Lanier community is delighted to welcome Mr. Dave Wheat, as the new principal of Lanier Middle School. His first day at Lanier was June 3, 2019. Mr. Wheat has worked in education for 30 years and throughout the district for over 21 years. We are thrilled to welcome him into the Purple Pup family!

Dave Wheat began serving as the principal of The School at St. George Place in May of 2014. He began his career in education as an English teacher in the Deer Park Independent School District. In HISD, Mr. Wheat taught at Sharpstown Middle School and served as an assistant principal at both Westside High School and Hamilton Middle School before being named principal of Johnston (now Meyerland) Middle School in 2006.

Using a collaborative approach with students, teachers, parents, and the community, Mr. Wheat led Johnston to its first TEA Recognized rating in school history. The very next year, he led the Johnston school community to its first TEA Exemplary rating in school history. The crowning achievement for the Johnston school community under Dave’s leadership was being awarded the national Blue Ribbon Award in 2010, the most prestigious honor an American school can receive.

Mr. Wheat grew up in the Houston area and attended the Deer Park Independent School District, graduating from Deer Park High School. He completed both his undergraduate degree in English and his master’s degree in Administration and Supervision at the University of Houston.

Mr. Wheat believes that the International Baccalaureate approach to learning is the most rigorous and fun approach to learning available for all students, including gifted and talented students.

During his free time, Mr. Wheat enjoys taking his son fishing, jet skiing, swimming, and to the movies. Mr. Wheat is also an avid fan of the University of Houston Cougars and can be frequently be seen at football, basketball, and baseball games.

Here is the press release from HISD.