Community invited to meet their campus principal


With both parents and students looking forward to the start of a new school year, the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District is hosting an evening to give the community an opportunity to meet their campus’ educational leader.

HCISD will host a Meet the Principal session at Austin Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary, Stuart Place Elementary, Gutierrez Middle School and Vela Middle School. Sessions will give parents and students a chance to meet their new principal before the first day of school, and ask any questions they may have about the upcoming year.

The Sam Houston Meet the Principal event for Virginia Armstrong will be held at the school’s cafeteria on Aug. 12. The session is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Previously the principal of Treasure Hills Elementary, Armstrong has spent more than 10 years at HCISD. During that time, she’s also served the district for three years as the assistant principal of Lee Means Elementary, and as a teacher and instructional facilitator at Long Elementary.

The Gutierrez session for Mike Reyes is scheduled for Aug. 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.

Reyes is a graduate of the University of Texas at Brownsville, where he conducted both his undergraduate and graduate studies. Teaching since 1998, he has been an administrator at HCISD for six years. He recently held the position of Assistant Principal at Gutierrez.

On Aug. 15, a session for Vela Principal Tony Gonzales will be held in the campus’ gymnasium at 6:00 p.m.

Gonzales comes to Vela Middle School after serving as the Principal of South Garland High School since 2010. He has worked in education since 1994 as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal of Burleson County Alternative Schools and Cotulla High School.

A session for Austin Principal Magda Gonzalez will be held on Aug. 19 in the campus cafeteria. The event is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Gonzalez will serve as principal of Austin Elementary after serving the campus as an Assistant Principal since 2012. She has worked in education since 1991 as an elementary teacher and Assistant Principal at Bonham.

The session for Stuart Place principal Alejandra Lara will be hosted on Aug. 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the campus cafeteria.

Lara comes to HCISD after serving as the Principal of Cochran Elementary and Zaragoza Elementary and Assistant Principal of Kahn Elementary and Stevens Park Elementary at Dallas Independent School District. Lara comes to HCISD with 18 years of experience in education, including five years at Dallas ISD as a bilingual teacher.

The school year for HCISD will begin on Aug. 26.


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