HISD leadership geared up the for the new school year, gathering at Delmar Stadium for the district’s annual Welcome Back meeting.
More than 1,500 principals, deans, assistant principals, and district leaders packed the general session to hear the breakdown of Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan’s strategic priorities, attend area breakout sessions centered on their campus goals for the upcoming school year and celebrate successes from the previous year.
“Last school year, we made great strides in closing the achievement gaps for students and turnaround efforts for our Achieve 180 program remain on an upward trend,” Lathan said.
Lauren K. Price has been selected as the new principal of
Marshall Elementary School. She most recently served as the dean of students at
Meyerland Middle School for the Visual and Performing Arts and assistant principal
at Crespo Elementary. Price relocated to Houston from California where she
spent eight years as a building principal in the Long Beach Unified School
District. She holds a bachelor’s in English from Spelman College and a master’s
in Education Management from the University of La Verne.
Beatrice Akala has been selected as the new principal of Sutton Elementary School. She began her career in Education as an English teacher in Kenya before moving to the United States. In the U.S., she started her career as a prekindergarten through fourth-grade teacher in private school. For the last fourteen years, she has served at HISD in various capacities, including as an ESL teacher at Sam Houston High School, teacher development specialist, assistant principal, and dean of instruction at Wisdom High School. As a member of the instructional leadership team at Wisdom, the school earned four distinctions in ELA, math, science and social studies. She holds a bachelor’s in Education from Moi University Kenya, a master’s degree in Education from the University of Houston, a master’s in Human Resource Management from Walden University. She is also currently working on a doctorate’s in Education at North Central University.
Mayte Garcia-Olivo has been selected as the new principal of Seguin Elementary School. She began her career at St. Charles Parish Public Schools and later moved back to the Houston area. She has served as a regular and bilingual teacher, peer facilitator, teacher specialist, and assistant principal. Her years in education has consistently increased academic performance at the schools she serviced. During her most recent tenure at Brookline Elementary School, the campus received an “A” rating and numerous distinctions. Olivo earned two bachelors’ in Operations Management and Marketing from the University of Houston and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans.
Jose Santos has been selected as the new principal of Middle College High School at Houston Community College-Fraga. For 18 years, he has served at HISD in various capacities, including as an assistant principal Sterling Aviation Early College High School. Prior to that, he served as dean of students at the Advanced Virtual Academy. He has also taught at East Early College High School and in 2008 received the Teacher of the Year Award. Santos holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Houston-Downtown and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University.
Mario M. Sandoval has been selected as the new principal of
Northline Elementary School. With 10 years of experience, Sandoval has served
as an assistant principal, teacher specialist, and elementary math teacher. In
2013, he was named Bilingual Teacher of the Year for the East Area and most
recently served as principal of Elite STEM Primary Academy. Sandoval holds a
bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Houston-Downtown and a master’s
in Educational Administration at University of St. Thomas.
Jasmine Giron has been selected as the new principal of
McReynolds Middle School. Giron has worked as an educator at HISD since 2009,
where she started as an associate teacher at Kelso Elementary School serving
first-grade bilingual students. From 2010 to 2014, she served as an IPC
teacher, biology teacher, AP environmental science teacher, and lead biology
teacher at Madison High School. In addition, she worked as a magnet coordinator
at East Early College High School and Booker T. Washington High School. Most
recently, she served as the dean of instruction at Milby High School. Giron
earned her bachelor’s in Psychology: Pre-med from Texas Southern University and
a master’s in Educational Leadership at Lamar University.
Sean McClish has been selected as the new principal of The
School at St. George Place. McClish served as a teacher, department chair, and
assistant principal at Byhalia High School in the Marshall County School
District. In 2013, he began working at HISD, where he has served as an
assistant principal and interim principal at Black Middle School. While at
Black, McClish collaborated with teachers, parents, and administrators to
transform the campus into one of the premier middle schools in HISD. He earned
a bachelor’s in Biochemistry from University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s in
Education Administration from Abilene Christian University.
Ana Aguilar has been selected as the new principal of Robinson
Elementary School. Aguilar began her educational career as a teacher at HISD,
where she has served as a teacher development specialist and assistant
principal at Lewis Elementary School. During her tenure at Lewis, she focused
on providing instructional support in reading and writing that led to academic gains
and supported the implementation of restorative discipline practices campus-wide.
Aguilar holds a bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from University of St. Thomas, a master’s
from Lamar University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from
University of Houston.
Carrie Flores has been selected as the new principal at
Durham Elementary School. An alumni of HISD, Flores has served as a teacher, gifted
and talented coordinator, as well as an assistant principal at Pilgrim Academy,
where she was involved in the transformation of Pilgrim into a PK-8 campus.
During her tenure, Pilgrim earned distinctions from the TEA and a recognition from
Children at Risk. Flores earned her bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies
from University of Houston and a master’s in Educational Administration from
California State University-Bakersfield.