Emeterio Cruz has been selected as the new principal of Yolanda Black Navarro Middle School. Cruz has been with HISD for eleven years, starting as a fifth-grade bilingual teacher at Sutton Elementary School. He served as a teacher specialist at Shearn Elementary School, assistant principal at Pugh and Anderson elementaries, and most recently as the principal of Sanchez Elementary School. Under his leadership, Sanchez has maintained an “A” rating and all six Texas Education Agency’s rating distinctions three years in a row. Cruz earned a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston-Downtown and a master’s degree in Education as part of the HISD Leadership Cohort from the University of Houston.
Nearly 200 students, staff, and community members gathered Wednesday morning to celebrate the renaming of Yolanda Black Navarro Middle School of Excellence and pay tribute to the well-respected community leader who now serves as its namesake.
On hand for the ceremony were family and friends of the late Yolanda Black Navarro, including HISD Board of Education Trustee Diana Dávila, HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza, U.S. Reps. Gene Green and Sheila Jackson Lee, State Sen. Sylvia Garcia, and son Christian Navarro, as well as many other Navarro family members and supporters.
“The name Yolanda Black Navarro represents the community today that it serves,” Navarro Principal Kelly Vaughn Pichon said, adding that the work of women such as Navarro rarely makes history books, but is “engraved in the hearts and minds of those positively affected.”
“Thank you, Yolanda Black Navarro, for your service not to only the Latino community, but for all people.”
Four HISD schools are celebrating significant milestones next week. Eastwood Academy and the High School for Law and Justice will both hold groundbreaking ceremonies to mark the start of construction on their new school buildings. Continue reading