Author Archives: HISD Communications

Santrice Jones named new principal of Neff Early Childhood Center

Santrice Jones has been selected as the new principal for Neff Early Childhood Center. Jones has served HISD for the past eight years, beginning her career as a classroom teacher at Wesley Elementary School and also at Fonwood Early Childhood Center. More recently, she has served as  teacher specialist and assistant principal at Neff Early Childhood Center. Jones earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia and her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University.

Karina Lopez named new principal of Edison Middle School

Karina Lopez has been selected as the new principal of Edison Middle School. Lopez has been with HISD since 2010. She began her career at Revere Middle School as a seventh-grade math teacher, then became math department chairperson and a campus instructional coach. While at Revere, she received the Teacher of the Year award and the 2012 Elizabeth Brand Teacher Excellence Award. She has also served as magnet coordinator and assistant principal at Hartman Middle School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Houston and her Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Michael Niggli named new principal of Waltrip High School

Michael Niggli poses for a photograph, April 4, 2016. (Houston ISD/Dave Einsel)Michael Niggli has been selected as the new principal of Waltrip High School. He most recently served as associate principal for Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center. With 21 years in HISD, Niggli’s  experience includes English teacher, debate coach, and basketball coach at HISD’s Austin High School and Heights High School. Niggli earned his Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University and his Master of Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.

Michelle Shoulders named new principal of Pin Oak Middle School

Michelle Shoulders has been selected as the new principal of Pin Oak Middle School. Shoulders has served HISD for 14 years and has 28 years of experience in education in Houston, Fort Worth, and the Denver area. Her teaching experience spans elementary, middle, and high school in math and theatre. Most recently, Michelle served at Bellaire High School as both school improvement facilitator and assistant principal. She has actively supported the professional learning communities (PLC) on campus while supervising the English and ESL departments. For the past three years, Michelle has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston in the Teacher Preparation Program. Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in Education from Abilene Christian University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Opal Harrison named new principal of Deady Middle School

Opal Harrison poses for a photograph, November 7, 2016. (Dave Einsel)Opal Harrison has been selected as the new principal of Deady Middle School. Harrison began her teaching career in HISD in 2005 as a science teacher at Jones High School. Harrison has served as an administrator at Milby High School for the past six years, most recently as the dean of instruction. While at Milby, Harrison was named the HISD Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Physics from Xavier University of Louisiana and Master of Science in Microelectronics-Photonics from the University of Arkansas. Harrison is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Learning in Organizations at Vanderbilt University.

Alicia Puente-Sanchez named new principal of Durkee Elementary School

Alicia Puente Sanchez poses for a photograph, November 7, 2016. (Dave Einsel)Alicia Puente-Sanchez has been selected as the new principal of Durkee Elementary School. Puente-Sanchez started her career 18 years ago as a bilingual teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School. She has served as a magnet coordinator at The Rusk School K-8 and teacher interventionist at Barrick Elementary School. She went on to be an assistant principal at McReynolds Middle School, Wisdom High School, and Marshall Middle School. Most recently, Puente-Sanchez served as a program manager with the Leadership Development department. Puente-Sanchez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston Downtown and Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University.

Mikia J. Barnes named new principal of Osborne Elementary School

Mikia J. Barnes has been selected as the new principal of Osborne Elementary School.  Barnes began her 15-year career as an elementary teacher in Aldine ISD. She has served as a team leader, middle school teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal. For the past four years, she was as an administrator in Spring ISD, where she most recently served as associate principal of Bailey Middle School. Barnes holds a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University, a Master of Education from Lamar University, and a Bachelor of Science from Alcorn State University.

Erica Tran named new principal of Bonham Elementary School

 (Milton Durango)Erica Tran has been selected as the new principal at Bonham Elementary School. Tran is returning to HISD, where her career began as a teacher at J.C. Mitchell Elementary. Tran previously served as a third-grade teacher at Harlem Elementary School in Goose Creek ISD. Tran then became the campus reading specialist for grades 3-5 and later an assistant principal at Gentry Junior School. After three years as an assistant principal, Tran was named principal at Horace Mann Junior High School, where she led the school in continuously meeting state standards. Tran earned her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and master’s in Education from Lamar University.

HISD meets state accountability standard for 2017-2018

Under new accountability rating system, the number of schools with “Improvement Required” rating
declines to lowest number since 2012

Although the Houston Independent School District received a “Not Rated” label for meeting the state’s criteria to qualify for the Hurricane Harvey waiver, the district was calculated to have earned an overall B rating under Texas’ new school accountability system, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced Wednesday.

According to the ratings released today by TEA, 91 percent of HISD schools (251 out of 275 rated campuses) earned a “Met Standard” rating for the 2017-2018 school year.

“I’m elated about the progress we’ve made,” Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “It shows that the allocation of additional resources for critical staffing, student supports, and wraparound services encompassed by Achieve 180 is working. Though we are excited about the news we’ve received today, we know we still have work to do.” Continue reading

Renesiaha Marshall named new principal of Reynolds Elementary School

 (Milton Durango)Renesiaha Marshall has been named as the new principal of Reynolds Elementary. Marshall is a product of HISD, having attended Petersen Elementary School, Dowling (now Lawson) Middle School, and Madison High School. She started her teaching career in HISD in 2005 as a first-grade teacher at Montgomery Elementary School. While at Alcott and Foerster elementaries, she served as reading interventionist and teacher specialist. Most recently, Marshall served the Almeda Elementary School community as a school counselor and assistant principal for three years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Houston.