Texas Council for International Studies

Carol Vasquez, Ph.D

Harris Middle School
Carol G. Velazquez is Head of School at Joel C. Harris Middle School, an International Baccalaureate® World School in San Antonio, Texas. Under her leadership, the campus has transitioned from a traditional middle school to a fully authorized International Baccalaureate® World School. The school completed IB authorization in the spring of 2018. Dr. Velazquez has worked for 23 years as a public educator in the San Antonio ISD, She has been a teacher, Special Education Supervisor, and high school administrator prior to becoming a middle school principal at Harris in 2014. Dr. Velazquez has made it her mission to ensure all her decisions are student-centered and that minority students are given equal access to quality education.

Cassie McClung, D.Ed

Fenwick Academy
Dr. Cassie McClung received her Bachelor and Master degrees from Wayland Baptist University and completed her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University – Kingsville in 2015. She is originally from the small, southern town of Carrizo Springs, Texas, but has lived in San Antonio for the past seventeen years with my husband, Kelly, and two adult daughters, Jeanneh and Sunni.She has been an employee of SAISD for the several years and have served the students of our district in many roles: teacher at Woodlawn Elementary, Success for All Facilitator and Assistant Principal. She has had 5 years’ experience as a principal and now she the honor of being the Head of School for Fenwick Academy. She looks forward to working alongside the talented staff to guide our students in becoming strong, lifelong learners.

James P. Brewer

Longview ISD Assistant Superintendent Longview High School Head of School
James Brewer was born Jan. 8, 1958, in Magnolia, Arkansas. He was the third of seven children -- six boys and a girl. His mother, Earnestine, raised them alone. Brewer graduated from Magnolia High School in 1976, then graduated four years later from Southern Arkansas State with a BSE degree. He also received ME Degree from Texas A&M in Commerce. James Brewer has served 40 years in Texas Education. He served 10 years as Superintendent of DeKalb Independent School District. In 2008, he moved to Longview, Texas, to become Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education and High School Principal. The 2014-2015 school year complete his 14th year as principal at Longview High School. He and his family have been members of Galilee Baptist Church in Longview for the past thirteen years, and he currently serves as a Deacon in the church. Some of his accomplishments are: · Coach of the Year · Principal of the Year · Superintendent of the Year Some of the professional organizations that he belongs to: · he is a member of the NAACP · SAU Alumni Board Member · UIL Legislation

Jennifer Emerson

Briscoe Elementary School
Jennifer Emerson is the Head of School at Andrew Briscoe Elementary School, an International Baccalaureate® World School in San Antonio, Texas. Her focus is teacher development and efficacy. She is committed to the improvement of student outcomes. She works to ensure students grow to be internationally minded contributors and advocates for their communities and the world. Mrs. Emerson believes in bringing community together to share leadership and in working with others to develop them as leaders. Mrs. Emerson has worked in the San Antonio Independent School District for 10 years, starting as a student teacher at Briscoe. In 2014, she received her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Trinity University.

Julie Hope

Clarence Bailey Elementary

Luis De La Garza

Woodlawn Academy
I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 17 years. I have worked with students ranging from grades 7th to 12th in a variety of roles. For the last 6 years, I have worked as an assistant head of school at Thomas Jefferson IB World School in San Antonio ISD. I hope to develop a strong connection between these two campuses to provide our students with pipeline to the life changing benefits of an International Baccalaureate education. I will work diligently with all stakeholders in the community to provide our students with strong academic and social emotional foundations. I am thrilled to bring my skills as an educational leader, parent, and veteran to Woodlawn Academy and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure each child's success.

Linda Rios-Garcia

Mary Huppertz Elementary
Linda Rios-Garcia is the Head of School at Mary Huppertz Elementary, an International Baccalaureate® candidate school in San Antonio, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Ms. Rios-Garcia serves her school community with high energy and is relentless in her quest to build relationships and empower others.

Martha Martinez-Silva

Woodlawn Hills Elementary
Martha Leticia Martinez-Silva is the Head of School at Woodlawn Hills Elementary, an International Baccalaureate® candidate school in San Antonio, Texas. She was reared by hard-working immigrants who instilled in her the belief that education is a way of life. Ms. Martinez-Silva holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Bilingual-Bicultural Studies, both from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her goal is to empower students by creating learning relationships, providing tailored instruction and instilling a universal need to help others.

Ms. Dorcas Dunlap

Ned E. Williams

Melanie Pondant

Judson STEAM Academy
Melanie Pondant has over 29 years of experience in education as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Associate Principal, Director of Secondary Curriculum & Instruction, and Middle School Principal at Judson STEAM Academy. She has also worked closely with district level instructional specialists and campus level administration, playing an instrumental role in turning around campuses to meet state accountability requirements within the district as well as in other districts in the state. As Head of School at Judson STEAM Academy, Melanie Pondant has focused on fostering a climate and culture of high expectations for all students and staff where she has implemented innovative student courses and programs to create a strong middle-to-high-school transition. Under her leadership Judson STEAM Academy has earned the designation as “A Texas School to Watch” by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform along with the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP). She earned her bachelor’s degree from Henderson State University and Master of Education from Texas A&M University.
Thomas Jefferson High School

Chuck E. Isaac

Foster Middle School
I am a graduate of New Diana High School, just up the road from Longview. I graduated with a B.S. from Jarvis Christian College (now Jarvis Christian University). I am proud to say that I am the first college graduate in my family. While at Jarvis, I lettered in baseball for four years, playing first base and pitching. I received my Masters from Stephen F. Austin State University. This is my 20th year in education and 6th in school administration. Prior to moving into administration, I taught History and coached football and baseball. My wife, Wilma, and I have been married for 14 years. We are blessed with two grandchildren, Kayla (5) and Tegan (4).

Christi Coleman

Hudson PEP Elementary

Ida Nunez

Roy Cisneros
Ida Nuñez served in SAISD and NEISD, before joining the Edgewood family. She served as a teacher and served as an elementary school Assistant Principal for 7 years. During her experience in administration, she has led, supported, and launched a strong Dual Language Program, improved the academic performance of the campus, and led several campus clubs and initiatives. She is truly passionate about partnering with students, staff, parents, and community partners to provide a high-quality and engaging educational experience. As a first-generation graduate, she believes that all students have potential and that it is our job as educators to tap into their strengths. Her goal is to empower her students to become principled, global- minded leaders!

Monica Munoz

Las Palmas
Monica Muñoz currently serves as the principal of Las Palmas Leadership School for Girls K-3 and Las Palmas Elementary 4-5. She is entering her 25th year as as a public school educator, where she has served as an elementary and middle school teacher, academic coordinator, and elementary principal. She holds a B.A. from St. Mary's University, her M.E. from Our Lady of the Lake University, and is currently in her 4th year as a doctoral student at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a true servant leader that establishes and maintains positive and productive relationships with parents, students, administrators, and the community. She is an advocate for all students and works to build systems that foster equity in our schools. It is her purpose and mission to create a learning space for young girls to thrive and be empowered to change the world.