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Principal Profile

How long have you been principal of your campus?
10 years
Previous administrative and teaching experience
Assistant Principal - Hamblen Elementary
Assistant Principal - Channelview High School
Math Teacher - Alice Johnson Junior High
Math Teacher - Laredo ISD
Educational Background
Bachelors Degree - Texas A&M University
Masters Degree - University of Houston
Why did you decide to become a principal?
When I began teaching, I fully intended to spend my entire educational career as a teacher.  That is, until my principal came into my classroom to model a lesson.  Watching her interact with my students, not as an authority figure but rather as a knowledgeable and caring adult, opened my eyes to the concept that a principal is not necessarily a suit sitting behind a desk.  It was an "a-ha" moment for me, similar to when students see their teacher at Wal-Mart and realize that he or she doesn't live at the school.  I am proud to say that I continue this practice as much as possible.
What inspires you most as an educator?
There are many things... from seeing children at their best, to listening to their funny stories or when they learn something for the first time.  They laugh, they cry, they try, they struggle and they overcome.  All in one day.  Teachers are very similar except that they sometimes forget to take care of themselves.  Their commitment to the profession inspires me to give it my all every day.
What is your fondest memory as an educator?
When I became a teacher, I was certain that I did not want to teach very young children.  I was even honored as the Channelview ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year.  One day, I was invited to apply for the Assistant Principal position at Hamblen Elementary.  To my surprise, I got the position even though I had never taught at the elementary level.  That day changed my life.  Working with elementary students is what I was born to do.  I will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve the children of DeZavala.
What advice would you want your students to remember?
Everyone can be a leader when given a chance.