The Ysleta Independent School District began the 2016-17 school year with 13 new principals. During the summer, district officials made the appointments at one high school, three middle schools and nine elementary schools.

Former Camino Real Middle School Principal Charles Garcia was appointed as the new principal of Bel Air High School. Garcia holds a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Edward’s University and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix.

Replacing Garcia as principal at Camino Real Middle School is Ida Perales, former assistant principal at Ysleta High School. Perales has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

Mary Ann Olivas, former principal of Desertaire Elementary School, is the new principal at Desert View Middle School. A 28-year veteran at YISD, Olivas holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree from Sul Ross State University.

Replacing Olivas as the new principal at Desertaire ES is Beth Harbison, former principal of Scotsdale ES. Harbison earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from UTEP.

The new principal at Riverside Middle School is Jonathan Valdez, former principal of Socorro Middle School. He has been in education for a decade, serving as a teacher and administrator at the El Paso and the Socorro Independent School Districts. Valdez holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP.

Former Ranchland Hills Middle School Principal Carmen Crawford was named the new principal at Sageland Elementary School. She has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree UTEP.

The new principal at Vista Hills ES is Laura Judith Calderon, former assistant principal at Ysleta High School. She has been in education for 17 years, working as a teacher, counselor and administrator at various YISD campuses. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP.

Leticia Gutierrez, former Lancaster Elementary School assistant principal, has been appointed as principal at Constance Hulbert ES. She began her professional career in 1992 as a first-grade teacher and later served as a campus literacy leader, and holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP.

Former Edgemere ES assistant principal Lourdes Hinojosa has been named the new principal at Loma Terrace ES. An educator for 20 years, Hinojosa has taught bilingual education and dual language in grades 2-6, as well as Special Education in grades K-6. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP.

Margarita Mendoza has been named the new principal at Glen Cove ES after serving for three years as an assistant principal at North Star ES. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP.

The new principal at Eastwood Heights ES is Raul Mendoza, former principal of Margaret Lundy ES in the El Paso Independent School District. He has been an educator for 23 years, working as a teacher and administrator in the El Paso, San Antonio and San Marcos areas. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UT Austin and a master’s degree from UTEP.

Sandra Valdez, former principal of Blanco Vista Elementary School in Kyle, Texas, is the new principal of Thomas Manor Elementary School. Valdez, who graduated from Eastwood High School, began her career in 2000 as a fourth-grade bilingual teacher in SISD, and later went on to serve as an assistant principal and principal. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree from UTEP.

Sheri Pellicote, former assistant principal at Eastwood Knolls International School, is the new principal at Scotsdale Elementary School. She holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from UTEP.

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