Eileen Puente has been selected as the new principal of Rucker Elementary School. For the last 12 years, she has served as a teacher, reading interventionist, magnet coordinator and assistant principal. As an assistant principal at Patterson Elementary School, she led the campus to earn five TEA distinctions in 2017. Her recognitions include Teacher of the Year, ESL Teacher of the Year, and 2019 East Area Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year. Puente holds a bachelor’s in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin, master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Houston, and a master’s in Business Administration (MBAE) from University of St. Thomas.