Category Archives: Staff updates

Michele Rawson named new principal of Twain Elementary School

Michele Rawson

Michele Rawson has been selected as is the new principal at Mark Twain Elementary. Rawson began her career in Fort Bend ISD, where she taught at the elementary level for a total of ten years. Fifteen years ago, Rawson joined HISD at Mark Twain Elementary.  She taught fourth grade for six years and was also the GT coordinator. She has been the Assistant Principal at Mark Twain for the past 8 years.

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Anna Montalvo named new principal of Looscan Elementary School

Anna Montalvo has been selected as is the new principal of Looscan Elementary School. Montalvo has been an educator for 9 years and has served HISD as a teacher, interventionist, and teacher specialist. She has been the Assistant Principal at Looscan since 2018. She was recently named, “Assistant Principal of the Year” for the North Area. She helped Looscan Elementary out of Improvement Requirement (IR) status to having the highest TEA Rating of all Achieve 180 schools in 2019.

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Michelle Thomas named new principal of Martin Luther King, Jr. Early Childhood Center

Michelle Thomas

Michelle Thomas has been selected as the new principal at Martin Luther King, Jr. Early Childhood Center.  Thomas most recently served as a Teacher Specialist at MLK ECC. She began her career in 1996 as a 1st grade teacher at Gregory-Lincoln.  She also taught at Milne and Poe Elementary and as a Teacher Specialist at Halpin ECC. 

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Writing from the University of Houston-Downtown and her Master of Education and Administration from Lamar University. 

LaKeisha Mays-Ogbor named new principal of Hobby Elementary School

Lakeisha Mays

LaKeisha Mays-Ogbor has been selected as the new principal at Hobby Elementary School. Mays-Ogbor most recently served as assistant principal at Madison High School. She began her career in 2005 as a 4th/5th grade Science teacher at Peck Elementary. She also served as a Teacher Development Specialist before moving to an assistant principal at Garden Villas.

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Kimberly Kiser named new principal of Grissom Elementary School

Kimberly Kiser

Kimberly Kiser has been selected as the new principal at Grissom Elementary School.  Kiser most recently served as assistant principal at Kate Smith Elementary School. She began her career in 2006 as a 1st grade teacher at Martinez Elementary. In 2008, she moved to Smith and has held had various roles including teacher, writing specialist, interventionist, instructional specialist, and teacher specialist. 

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Justin Ritsema named new principal of DeAnda Elementary School

Justin Ritsema

Justin Ritsema has been selected as the new principal at DeAnda Elementary School.  Ritsema most recently served as assistant principal at Mandarin Immersion Magnet School. He began his career in 2009 as a 5th grade teacher at Northline Elementary. He has served as a Teacher Development Specialist and also as an Assistant Principal at Mitchell and Briargrove Elementary. 

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Alvaro Montelongo Jr. named new principal of Berry Elementary School

Alvaro Montelongo Jr. has been selected as the new principal for Berry Elementary School. Montelongo has been an educator for 14 years and has served in HISD as a math coach, instructional specialist, assistant principal, and for the last three years as Principal of Looscan Elementary. Montelongo began his career at Santa Fe High School before joining HISD.

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Lauren Mailhiot named new principal of Reagan K-8 Campus

Lauren Mailhiot

Lauren Mailhiot has been selected as the new principal for Reagan K-8.  Mailhiot most recently served as principal at DeAnda Elementary School.

She began her career in 2009 as a fifth-grade teacher at Neff Elementary School. Under her leadership, DeAnda was named an A-Rated Campus with all Distinctions, America’s Best Urban School 2020, and Ranked #1 Gold Ribbon School for Children At-Risk 2019. She was also selected as the South Area Office Principal of the Year in 2020.  She earned her Bachelor of Science  in Communications from the University of Michigan, and her Master of Education from the University of Houston.