LISD announces two new principals

LISD announces new principals for PRIDE HS and AB Strawn
Posted on 04/28/2020
District News Release

DATE: April 28, 2020

LISD announces principal selections for PRIDE High School and AB Strawn Elementary

Lockhart ISD announced the selection of new principals for PRIDE High School/Lockhart Discipline Management Center (LDMC) and Alma Brewer Strawn Elementary Monday. Ethan Peters, who has served as the interim principal at PRIDE HS and LDMC since January, was extended a formal offer to serve as principal for the district’s school of choice. Dr. Benjamin Grijalva will serve as the new principal at AB Strawn Elementary. 

Ethan Peters

Ethan Peters began as assistant principal of PRIDE HS and LDMC at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. When Barry Bacom became the new principal of Lockhart High School in January, Peters stepped up to lead as the interim principal at those campuses. 

Prior to LISD, Peters served as secondary assistant principal at Sci-Tech Preparatory School in Wayside Schools. He has also worked as an instructional coach, night school coordinator, and teacher at Austin ISD and Austin CAN! Academy. Earlier in his career, he served as a research associate at Florida Atlantic University and biology and ecology laboratory instructor at State University of New York - Fredonia. 

He earned both a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science at State University of New York at Fredonia.


"I am proud to be the principal of PRIDE High School/LDMC, a place that is truly designed around the student community--a place where each student can learn the way they like to learn and get the one-on-one support that they need,” said Peters. “I will continue to help support the growth of PRIDE High School, to open more doors for our students and teachers, and to help guide each and every student that comes through our doors.”


Dr. Benjamin Grijalva takes the helm of AB Strawn Elementary,  most recently serving as the principal of AJ Briesemeister Middle School in Seguin ISD.

Dr. Benjamin Grijalva


Prior to this, he served as director of bilingual/ESL programs in San Marcos CISD, assistant principal at Vogel Elementary and summer school principal for Rodriguez and Jefferson Elementary Schools in Seguin ISD, and dual language teacher in New Braunfels ISD. 


Dr. Grijalva long ago started his career in education as a Head Start teacher at Carver Early Education Center in Lockhart ISD. 


He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University in El Paso. He earned a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in School Improvement from  Texas State University in San Marcos.  He additionally has generalist teacher, bilingual teacher, principal, and superintendent certifications from Texas State. 


“I am honored to be named the new principal at Alma Brewer Strawn Elementary.  I want to thank the school board and superintendent Estrada for the opportunity to serve the Lockhart community,” said Dr. Grijalva.  “In particular, I am excited and enthusiastic to serve the students, teachers, and parents at ABS Elementary.  Together we will achieve great things in the years to come!”


 “Our leadership team is very excited to see Ethan Peters formally ascend into the role of principal,” said Superintendent Mark Estrada. “He was impressive as assistant principal, which made him a natural choice for interim principal during the transition period. It is a good feeling when we can promote one of our own and help him grow in leadership.” 


Regarding the new AB Strawn principal, Superintendent Estrada added, “Dr. Grijalva is an experienced education and community leader with an established record of serving bilingual student populations. His experience and his leadership will serve the students, staff, and families at Strawn very well.” 




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