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EMS ISD Welcomes Director of Student Services

Duane FishEagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD is pleased to announce that Duane Fish has been named the director of Student Services in EMS ISD. Fish brings a unique background to this role, with 16 years of experience in education and 13 years of experience in law enforcement prior to that. 

Fish began his career with the Seattle Police Department in 1993, serving as a patrol officer, field training officer, detective and public information officer, before finishing his law enforcement career working with youth. 

In 2006, Fish made the transition into education as a law and public safety teacher at the Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center in Michigan. In 2012, he took over as the principal of the Lawrence Jr./Sr. High School in Michigan. Fish has also served as principal of Bainbridge High School and most recently, Arlington High School, both in Washington state.  

"Throughout his career, in both education and law enforcement, Mr. Fish has excelled in building relationships,” said Chandra Turrentine, senior director of Student Services. “He is an excellent fit for the director of Student Services role, which has building relationships with students and parents at its core.” 

Fish earned his bachelor degree in Public Administration and Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University, and his master degree in Public Administration and Educational Leadership from the University of Michigan. 

“I feel incredibly blessed to join our team at EMS ISD,” Fish said. “I cannot wait to begin serving our students, staff and families.” Fish begins his new role on Wednesday, September 14. 

Fish has been married to his wife, Michelle Conor, for 31 years. She works for the Department of Family and Protective Services in Fort Worth, which brought the couple to Texas. They have two adult sons who both live in the Metroplex.