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Dr. Stephaine Camarillo selected as Lockhart ISD’s new deputy superintendent

Christina Courson


Date: May 10, 2022

Dr. Stephaine Camarillo selected as Lockhart ISD’s new deputy superintendent

Superintendent Mark Estrada announced the selection of Dr. Stephaine Camarillo as the new deputy superintendent for Lockhart ISD. She will provide leadership and supervision to all campus principals and the administrative functions of the district. She also serves as the senior administrative officer of the district in the absence of the superintendent. She will officially assume her new role in July. 

photo of Stephaine Camarillo

Camarillo currently serves as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction since joining Lockhart ISD in 2018. In this role, she leads and implements all components of the district’s curriculum and instructional program, including the areas of special education, gifted and talented, Response to Intervention (RtI), 504 services, career and technical education, bilingual/ESL services, and accountability and assessment. 

Camarillo tracks the school district’s annual 1.5 growth goals for students and reports the data to district leadership and the school board on a monthly basis. Last school year, the district set a goal for at least 75 percent of students to grow by 1.5 years in reading last year, and the district exceeded that goal with 76 percent achieving this growth. This was notable as this was achieved during the height of the pandemic during a year of both distance and in-person learning–an achievement Camarillo said demonstrated the commitment of Lockhart ISD teachers to being “Locked on Excellence.”

As a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet, Camarillo is part of the district leadership team that participated in The Holdsworth Center Leadership Program, one that sparked a cultural and leadership transformation throughout the district resulting in the establishment of the #LockhartLeading values of having a “LockHeart for People,” being “Locked on Excellence,” and “UnLocking Potential” of ourselves and others. Additionally, Camarillo was a graduate of the 2020 District Leadership Institute by The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships. She was one of only 45 education leaders from across the United States to complete the program. 

Prior to joining Lockhart ISD, Camarillo 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 systems 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. 

"From the first day I walked into Lockhart ISD over four years ago, I have seen how we have consistently held true to keeping children first in all we do.  I feel blessed and honored for the opportunity in continuing to be part of building that legacy in this new role,” said Camarillo. “I want to thank Superintendent Estrada and the Board members for placing their trust in me as we remain focused on creating a school system that ensures the success of all our students–they deserve nothing less."

“Dr. Camarillo is a talented leader who is bold yet savvy in her approach to facilitate the change needed across educational systems,” said Superintendent Mark Estrada. “Her deep and thorough understanding of instruction and learning combined with excellent organizational and management skills make her an asset to the staff and students we serve.” 

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. 

Current Deputy Superintendent Kimberly Raymond accepted a position as the new assistant superintendent of student and community programs in Aledo ISD beginning in July. Raymond joined Lockhart ISD in 2016, providing leadership in key district initiatives over the years. “We wish Ms. Raymond well in her new chapter and thank her for her contributions to our students, staff, and community,” said Superintendent Estrada. 

The school district will soon begin its search for a new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction to replace Camarillo.