I have had the honor of being an educator for over 22 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, a master’s degree in educational leadership, and will be a candidate for my doctoral degree in educational leadership by the spring of 2020.
I started my teaching career at Donna Independent School District as a teacher, coach, and athletic coordinator for 6 years. I was also the summer school principal for 3 consecutive years before being named as the assistant principal at the 9th grade campus for an additional 2 years. I looked for opportunities for professional growth as I applied for and was accepted as an assistant principal at Hidalgo High School for 3 years.
I accepted an opportunity to become a principal at the La Joya Independent School District for 6 years at the middle school level. I was then offered a leadership role at McAllen Independent School District where I was the principal at Fossum Middle School and James “Nikki” Rowe High School for an additional 6 years. I have spent the last three years in McAllen ISD as the Director for Professional Development, Grants, and Early Childhood Programs. In this role, I had opportunities to coach principals, district teachers, and central office staff in various roles and initiatives for McAllen ISD.
I am very honored in joining a team of experienced and dedicated educators this upcoming school year at La Villa ISD. Our goal is to establish a legacy of excellence. La Villa ISD will strive to provide the best educational experience for every student and nurture their growth in academics and extra-curricular activities with an emphasis on social emotional intelligence. Let’s make the 2020-2021 school year the best one yet!
Paz Elizondo, Interim Superintendent