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District Leadership kicks off the 2019-2020 school year at Welcome Back

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. 

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Lauren K. Price named new principal of Marshall Elementary School

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 named new principal of Sutton Elementary School

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 named new principal of Seguin Elementary School

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 named new principal at Middle College High School at HCC-Fraga

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 Sandoval named new principal of Northline Elementary School

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 named new principal of McReynolds Middle School

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 named new principal of The School at St. George Place

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 named new principal of Robinson Elementary School

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 named new principal of Durham Elementary School

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.