New leaders named for Abell Junior High, three elementary schools
June 8, 2022 - Midland ISD is excited to announce the appointment of four principals to serve students at our campuses. Each of these principals is currently working in MISD, and is being promoted from within.
Candidates interviewed with a panel consisting of district administrators, campus personnel, parents, and community members. Selected candidates were then interviewed by Superintendent Ramsey, and offers were made.
Dr. Crystal Clark will serve as the next principal at Abell Junior High. Dr. Clark just completed her first year in Midland, serving as principal at the Midland Alternative Program (MAP) campus. Prior to coming to West Texas, she served in a variety of roles in Tyler ISD, including DAEP coordinator, instructional coach, and assistant principal. She recently earned her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of West Florida.
Longtime MISD educator Andrea Rodriguez will be the next principal at Parker Elementary. Mrs. Rodriguez has spent her entire career at Midland ISD. Her experience includes teaching at Santa Rita Elementary and more recently serving as assistant principal at Bowie Fine Arts Academy. In these roles, Mrs. Rodriguez has organized STAAR and TELPAS testing, data analysis, T-TESS appraisals and promoted involvement in the Texas Reading Academy. Mrs. Rodriguez is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University.
Iris Jiménez moves back to campus to be the next principal at Scharbauer Elementary. This past school year, Mrs. Jiménez served as an Academic Director supporting schools and curriculum. Prior to coming to Midland, she spent 22 years in El Paso, where she served in a variety of roles including teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She was honored as Teacher of the Year in 2002 by Tornillo ISD. Mrs. Jiménez is thrilled to have the opportunity to return to a campus full-time where she can make a direct difference for students.
Current South Elementary Assistant Principal Maxine Gonzales will be the next principal at Henderson Elementary. After beginning her career in Lamesa, Ms. Gonzales came to MISD in 2016. She has served as an instructional coach and teacher at Bonham while that campus made major improvements in performance. She has since served as assistant principal at both Santa Rita and South elementaries, where she served as campus testing coordinator and created professional development for T-TESS and CHAMPS.
"These newly appointed principals have a proven track record of leadership and creating an environment that promotes student success," said MISD Associate Superintendent Charlie Garcia. "We look forward to seeing each of them leading their new campuses into the future."
These principals will officially begin their new roles July 1.