Category Archives: Staff updates

HISD names new chief financial officer

The Houston Independent School District has selected Rene Barajas as the district’s new chief financial officer.

Dr. Barajas currently serves as deputy superintendent and chief financial officer of the Garland Independent School District, with more than 20 years of central administration experience in public schools. He has eight years of experience as a chief financial officer.

He previously served as an assistant superintendent for business and support services for the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District as well as a business manager and internal auditor for other public school districts in Texas.

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Angel Wilson named new principal of Cornelius Elementary

Angel Wilson has been selected as the new principal of Cornelius Elementary School. Wilson has served as a teacher and Teacher Development Specialist, and she has a wide range of campus leadership experience in diverse communities such as Durkee Elementary, where she was dean of instruction; Thompson Elementary, where she was assistant principal; and Lanier Middle School, where she was also assistant principal. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Educational Administration. Both degrees are from Prairie View A&M University.

Mayra Romero named new principal of Shearn Elementary

Mayra Romero has been selected as the new principal of Shearn Elementary School. Most recently, she served as assistant principal at Wainwright Elementary School. Romero began her career in 2010 as a kindergarten teacher at John F. Kennedy Elementary School. She also served as a HUB Teacher Development Specialist training teachers districtwide. Romero has a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Texas Pan-American and a M.Ed. in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas. 

Jeffrey Whitaker named new principal of McGowen Elementary

Jeffrey Whitaker poses for a photograph, April 4, 2016. (Houston ISD/Dave Einsel)Jeffrey Whitaker has been appointed new principal of McGowen Elementary SchoolMost recently, he served as assistant principal at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School for three years. Before that, Whitaker taught at Sutton and Burbank elementary schools, where he was lead teacher, department chair, and threetime winner of Teacher of the Year. Last spring, he successfully completed HISD’s Principal Candidate Development Opportunity program for aspiring leaders. Whitaker has a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Houston and a M.Ed. in educational administration from the University of St. Thomas. He grew up in the area surrounding McGowen and is excited to have the opportunity to serve as principal.

 

Luis Landa named new principal of Sutton Elementary

Luis Landa poses for a photograph, November 7, 2016. (Dave Einsel)Luis Landa has been selected as the new principal of Sutton Elementary School. Most recently, he served as assistant principal at Austin High School and teacher specialist at Patrick Henry Middle School. Landa taught at McReynolds Middle School, where he was a lead teacher, department chair, and teacher of the year. For the last two years, he has served on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council, where he provided support on national education initiatives. Landa earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas. He is in the process of completing his Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of Houston.  

HISD schools office organized by region under 7 chief school officers 

HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza recently announced the reorganization of the district’s schools office. HISD’s 287 schools have been divided by region and placed under the stewardship of seven chief school officers, all of whom report directly to Deputy Superintendent Dr. Samuel Sarabia. Continue reading

Bryan Bordelon named new principal of Sharpstown International School

Bryan Bordelon poses for a photograph, November 7, 2016. (Dave Einsel)Bryan Bordelon has been selected as the new principal of Sharpstown International School. He began his teaching career as an English Language Arts teacher at Scarborough High School in 2007. Bordelon served as an ELA Teacher Development Specialist, the principal of Mandarin Immersion Magnet School, and assistant principal of Westbury High School. Most recently, Bordelon was an assistant principal at Austin High School. He graduated from the University of Texas and holds a master of arts in Chinese studies from the University of Michigan and a master of arts from the University of Texas in educational administration.

Travis Johnson named new principal of Hartsfield Elementary School

Travis Johnson has been named the new principal of Hartsfield Elementary School.  His educational career at the Houston Independent School District began at Codwell Elementary School, where he served as a teacher and team leader. Currently, Johnson serves as the assistant principal at Blackshear Elementary School.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Science Education from Langston University and completed his graduate studies in Educational Administration at Prairie View A&M University. He is the proud parent of two HISD students.