LISD announces new LJHS principal

LISD announces Edgar Torres as new LJHS principal
Posted on 07/08/2019
District News Release

DATE: July 8, 2019


LISD announces Edgar Torres as new LJHS principal 
Edgar Torres


Lockhart Independent School District announced the selection of Edgar Torres as the new principal of Lockhart Junior High School. The announcement came after a rigorous selection process, including being interviewed by a panel comprised of several LJHS teachers along with district administrators. 


Torres most recently served the past two years as associate principal at Cedar Creek High School in Bastrop ISD. In this role, Torres oversaw the Academic Counseling Center, promoted a college-going culture, was responsible for the college and career preparatory programs such as Advanced Placement and dual-credit courses, and observed and coached teacher performance. He was also the campus administration’s team designated Spanish interpreter and translator. 


Before being promoted to associate principal, Torres served as assistant principal at the same campus, and focused heavily on parent involvement, increasing student achievement, and decreasing student disciplinary issues. Additionally, he worked closely with community and school partners to provide wrap-around services for students in need of support to help increase student well-being and success. 


Prior to joining Bastrop ISD, Torres served as the senior education policy fellow at the Office of State Representative Mary González. There, he worked closely with a team to help Rep. González develop a comprehensive education agenda for the 2015 legislative session, conducted K-12 education policy research, help draft bills on a number of education issues, and engaged parents, teachers, administrators, and advocacy groups to gain diverse perspectives in developing legislation. 


He has also taught middle school mathematics in Del Valle and Alice ISDs. 


“Mr. Torres has proven leadership experience at secondary campuses and in public education advocacy that will be a tremendous asset to the students and staff at Lockhart Junior High School,” said Superintendent of Schools Mark Estrada. “His record reveals a career focused on pursuing excellence to benefit students. We are excited to welcome him to the LISD leadership team.”


Torres has earned awards and honors over the past decade, including being selected Teacher of the Year and District Secondary Teacher of the Year at Alice ISD, and has been the recipient of both The University of Texas at Austin Recruitment Fellowship and The University of Texas at Austin Alexander Caswell Ellis Fellowship in Education. He was also named University Council of Education Administration Barbara Jackson Scholar. 


Torres earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Texas A&M University Kingsville. He also earned a Master of Education in English as a Second Language, principal certification, and is currently working on his superintendent certification from Texas A&M University Kingsville. He is also working on his doctorate in Education Policy and Planning at The University of Texas at Austin. 


Torres begins July 15. 





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