New additions to LISD instructional leadership

New additions to LISD instructional leadership
Posted on 07/26/2018

DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Date: July 26, 2018  

New additions to LISD instructional leadership


District Leadership

Superintendent Mark Estrada announced the selection of Dr. Stephaine Camarillo as the new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.  

Dr. Stephaine Camarillo


Camarillo most recently served as the assistant superintendent of accountability and compliance at Gonzales ISD. She ascended to this role after having served as assistant principal; director of academics, assessments, and student affairs; and assistant superintendent of academics and accountability within the district.


Camarillo concurrently worked as a school turnaround consultant with the University of Virginia Darden/Curry Partners for Leaders in Education program, the only program in the country dedicated to empowering system and school leaders to achieve significant turnaround in underperforming schools.


She previously worked for Region 13 Education Service Center as coordinator for the Texas Turnaround Leadership Academy, coordinator for systemic change initiatives, IDEA coordinator, and educational specialist in bilingual and special education.


Camarillo additionally worked with the United States Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition, the Free Trade Alliance San Antonio, international engineering firm Alchemia Inc., and Estrada Communications Group, a national communications and marketing agency targeting the Hispanic community.


“Ms. Camarillo has extensive leadership experience in education, government, and the private sector, which will serve the district well as she leads the district’s curriculum and instruction to its next level,” said Superintendent Estrada. “We have been on an upward trajectory, and with Ms. Camarillo’s leadership, we fully expect to continue boosting instruction and learning in Lockhart to even higher levels.”


Camarillo has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in education from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Concordia University Texas, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy from The University of Texas at Austin - Cooperative Superintendency Program.


Melissa Royer

The district also announced the selection of Melissa Royer as the new career and technical education (CTE) and accountability coordinator for LISD.


Royer comes to the district with 12 years of experience at Austin ISD in roles with increasing responsibility over time including English Language Arts teacher, Social Services Academy (SSA) CTE human services major teacher, film studies lead teacher, Arts and Humanities Academy (AHA) academy coordinator, and most recently, CTE specialist for the AISD district office.


She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Texas State University. She is also a member of Association for Career and Technical Education.

“We know career and technical education is incredibly important in preparing our students to be future ready, and we are excited for Ms. Royer to join our team,” said Estrada. She will also be the district’s lead for accountability across the district.


Response to Intervention

The school district hired four Response to Intervention (RTI) lead teachers to provide additional academic supports to students, particularly those with academic struggles.

Rhonda Till

Rhonda Till was selected as an RTI lead teacher, most recently serving as an instructional coach at Navarro Elementary School. In her 25 years with LISD, she has also served as a special education teacher, an elementary teacher, and an intermediate teacher for sixth grade. Prior to that, she taught in Bastrop ISD for five years. Her first job was as a secretary for the special education and community education departments in Lockhart ISD.

Till earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a specialization in reading. She also earned a special education degree through an alternative certification program through Region 13 Education Service Center.   


Veronica Hernandez

Veronica Hernandez was selected as an RTI lead teacher, most recently serving as an instructional coach. In her 23 years in education, she also served as an elementary teacher and instructional strategist within LISD.


Hernandez earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University and Master Reading Teacher Certification from Region XIII Education Service Center.


Cathy Holladay

Cathy Holladay was selected as an RTI lead teacher, most recently serving as an instructional coach at Clear Fork Elementary School. She also previously served as a teacher at Plum Creek and Clear Fork Elementary Schools for 17 years before becoming a learning strategist for seven years at Clear Fork.  Before joining Lockhart ISD, Holladay taught in Austin ISD.


Holladay earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Education in Reading from Texas State University. She is also a Lockhart alumna.


Jessica Cruz

Jessica Cruz was promoted to RTI Lead Teacher, most recently serving as a teacher at Strawn Elementary School. In her 15 years working in public education, Cruz also taught for six years in Del Valle ISD as an elementary school teacher. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked as a human resource specialist in Del Valle ISD’s district administration office.


Cruz earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science from Texas State University.


“We are excited that students will have an additional master teacher who can give specialized instruction. Further, our classroom teachers will benefit from smaller class sizes during interventions and from the expertise these lead teachers will share on differentiating instruction to meet all students needs,” shared Estrada.

Instructional Coaches

LISD announced the selection of five instructional coaches who will provide instructional support and coaching to district teachers.


Emily Hildebrand

Emily Hildebrand was promoted to instructional coach, previously serving as an elementary teacher the past six years in LISD and currently LISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year. Prior to LISD, she taught in Birdville ISD, Hays CISD, and Austin ISD. During that time, she held leadership roles on a district-wide vertical alignment curriculum writing committee as well as serving as English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) department chair.


Hildebrand earned a Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education, concentrating in English Language Arts and Reading from Texas Christian University.

Tracie Chase
Tracie Chase was promoted to instructional coach. She was a teacher at Plum Creek Elementary for the past four years, where she additionally served on the Campus Improvement Team and the Curriculum Planning and Checkpoint Creation Committee for reading and math. Prior to joining LISD, she taught for seven years in Del Valle ISD.


Chase has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from The University of Texas at Austin.


Kelly Emadi

Kelly Emadi was selected for instructional coach, joining LISD from her most recent post as district instructional coach for San Marcos CISD. There, she also served as an innovative summer program principal and served as district lead for Curriculum Council. Previously, Emadi was an elementary teacher in San Marcos CISD and a special education teacher at Waelder ISD, where she was awarded Teacher of The Year in 2012.


Emadi earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education as well as a master of Education in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification at Texas State University.


Kati Harber

Kati Harber was promoted to instructional coach after serving 17 years as a teacher at Lockhart Junior High School. There, she taught mathematics and participated in leadership on the campus as math department chair, UIL math and calculator sponsor, cheerleading coach, and member of the Literacy Leadership Team. She was also selected as LISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year this school year.


Harber earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State university.


Leslie De Leon

Leslie De Leon has been selected as an instructional bilingual/ESL coach, most recently serving as an instructional coach at Strawn Elementary School, providing professional development and assisting the campus implementation of district initiatives. Prior to that, she taught at Clear Fork Elementary for 10 years, later becoming a learning strategist. Prior to joining LISD, she was a teacher in Austin ISD.


De Leon earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Education in Education with an emphasis in reading instruction from Texas State University.


“An expectation for all Lockhart ISD staff, inside and outside of the classroom, is to embrace growth opportunities,” said Estrada. “All professionals deserve support and coaching to help them improve. These instructional coaches will provide that support to help teachers enhance classroom instruction, which will boost student academic success.”


Campus Leadership
Patricia Estep

Lockhart High School announced the selection of Patricia Sandoval Estep as assistant principal at Lockhart High School. She joins a team of two other assistant principals and an associate principal under Principal Luciano Castro.


Estep has served in Austin ISD over the past 18 years in a number of roles with increasing responsibility including mathematics teacher, mathematics curriculum specialist for English Language Learners, middle school dual language district coordinator, and most recently, assistant principal at Small Middle School.


Estep earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Physics from Texas State University and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Concordia University.


Monica Saldivar

Navarro Elementary School announced the selection of Monica Saldivar as its new assistant principal. She joins Principal Deanna Juarez to lead the campus.  


Saldivar most recently served as the bilingual instructional coach for the district. She has served as an elementary bilingual teacher in Lockhart ISD, Round Rock ISD, and Grand Prairie ISD with a total of fifteen years of service in education.


She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Bilingual Education from the University of North Texas. She is currently a graduate student at Stephen F. Austin State University. Saldivar is a member of the Texas Association of Bilingual Educators and the National Association of Bilingual Educators. She is also a Lockhart alumna.


“The district is fortunate to have a strong assistant principal corps,” noted Estrada. “We are confident our newest assistant principals will be successful leaders at their campuses.”


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