Danitra Arredondo has been selected as the new principal for Petersen Elementary School, where she has served as assistant principal since 2015. Arredondo has been an educator for 13 years and has served in various roles, from teacher to assistant principal. She began her career at Looscan Elementary School as a fourth-grade teacher and served as a leadership fellow and assistant principal at both Yes Prep and HISD. Arredondo earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from DePauw University and her Master’s of Education at University of Maryland.
Almost two dozen new principals will take the driver’s seat for the first time this fall at various HISD campuses, and the district’s New & Emerging Leaders Institute is helping to prepare them for success.
The intensive four-week training program, which started July 7, provides new and aspiring campus leaders with information on both practical matters, such as balancing budgets and analyzing data subjects, and more ethereal subjects, such as managing change, building community, and providing leadership.