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EPISD Names New Principals for Coronado, Cooley

The El Paso Independent School District announced Tuesday the appointment of two veteran educators as principals at Coronado High School and Cooley Elementary.

The new principal at Coronado is longtime educator and administrator Marc Escareno. Elizabeth Prangner will assume the role of principal at Cooley on a permanent basis after serving as acting principal for several months.

“EPISD understands that the role of a school principal is a deeply important one, and I am confident that we have selected two amazing leaders to serve the students and communities at Coronado and Cooley,” said Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera.

“Mr. Escareno and Ms. Prangner have a history of commitment to the children of El Paso that will serve their staffs and students well. I have confidence they will do a great job.”

Escareno is currently an assistant principal at Franklin High School, and has previously served as principal at Kohlberg Elementary and interim principal at both Franklin and Bowie High School.

A former English and social studies teacher at Burges High School, Escareno has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Prangner is an experienced educator with nearly 30 years of experience as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Before her assignment to Cooley, she served as principal at Hart and Alta Vista elementary schools. She taught bilingual education at schools in El Paso, Grand Prairie and Dallas.

She also taught GED and other adult-education courses at federal correctional institutions in Fort Worth and Anthony, Texas. She has a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from UTEP.

Video+Story: Cooley Students Receive Lesson in Bike Safety, New Helmets

Spring is around the corner and the warmer weather means more children will be out riding their bicycles.

Before they hop on their bikes for the season students at Cooley Elementary School recently received a special lesson on bicycle safety and even got some special safety gear from a state think-tank that hopes to prevent bumps and bruises among children.

The Austin-based Elbowz Racing group met with 150 students at Cooley last week to teach them about proper riding techniques and show them how they can safely ride to school every day.

“We have a lot of kids who love to ride their bikes and we know it’s a healthy way to get to and from school,” said Abby Diaz, a teacher at Cooley who helped organize the visit. “What better way to encourage them to keep using their bicycles than by having someone show them how to do it safely.”

The students got more than just a lesson in safety, though. Riders from Elbowz Racing – which is named after a famed Texas bicyclist — received stylish new helmets they now can use to prevent head injuries.

“We don’t’ wear helmets in case we fall. We use helmets for when we fall,” Elbowz Racing representative Justin Stanley told the students at Cooley. “

Stanley added. “The message is to get out, be active and be safe.”

As part of their presentation, Stanley and other racers showed students how to do tire air and break checks. Students also learned how to inspect chains and other techniques the pros use to keep their bike in perfect condition.

Fourth grader Michael Olivas now knows there’s more to bike riding than just hopping on and pedaling.

“Riding a bike is easy,” he said. “But making sure you’re safe is even easier.”

Coach Lourdes Arenas said Cooley has started incentivizing bike riding to school by installing racks students can use to chain their bicycles.

“The students received bikes last year, and now they have helmets,” Arenas said. “We expect the kids to be safe without excuses.”

The program is sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation and is part of the Save a Life Program.

Author:  Story by Andrea Cortez  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy  | Video by Angel Dominguez/EPISD

Video+Story: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Completion of Bond 2016 Playground Projects

Teachers, school board members and — of course, students — celebrated the completion of all Bond 2016-funded playgrounds on Wednesday during a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event at Cooley Elementary School.

The students at Cooley and 20 other campuses are now using state-of-the-art playgrounds that incorporate Social Emotional Learning principles and plain, old fun or hundreds of students in EPISD.

“The playgrounds are an important part of the modernization of EPISD,” Cabrera said. “They provide age-appropriate physical activity that goes hand-in-hand with our goal of giving social and emotional learning opportunities for all students.”

At the ceremony on Wednesday, Superintendent Juan Cabrera and members of the EPISD Board of Trustees shared the responsibilities of cutting the ribbon for the new playground with the children of Cooley.

“We are excited that voters approved the bond so for us to show progress 15 months later with the building and installation of these new playgrounds is really great,” said Carlos Gallinar, EPISD Executive Director of Planning & Innovative Schools Construction.

“It’s always great to be a kid and be able to have good equipment and infrastructure to be able to exercise and play. We know that playgrounds are important not only for academics but for youth development.”

At Cooley, the District installed two different play areas, each designed for different age groups. The installation of the new playgrounds goes hand-in-hand with the District’s modernization plan as well as the implementation of both social emotional and active learning.

“These playgrounds allow kids to interact more with each other or individually if they choose. They have different moving and educational components,” Gallinar said. “The playgrounds of yesteryear tended to be static, so we focused on schools that had the oldest equipment and install up-to-date playgrounds.”

Cooley third-grader Gisele Valdez and her classmates have been anticipating the opening of the playground for months.

“Every day kids would try to get on the playground,” she said. “I think it looks amazing. I am excited to play on it and get some exercise. The old playground was looking faded and this one has bright colors and lots of stuff to play on.”

Once schools were identified, a project manager worked with principals to gather their input based on the school’s needs.

“We offered various types of options for them in terms of various colors and equipment for them,” Gallinar said. “We are very proud that we have been able to work with the schools to make sure we are implementing something that at the end of the day they are happy with.”

Putnam Elementary principal Cynthia Sanchez, who was present at the ribbon cutting, is looking forward to putting the new playground at her school to use.

“Putnam is very excited to have a three-year-old program so we can’t wait to start using our new playground, which is specifically designed for three- to five-year-olds,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for our little ones to have a safe and fun environment. The previous playground was built for first to fifth-graders so the dimensions weren’t appropriate for the younger students.”

Story by Alicia Chumley | Photos by Leonel Monroy | Video by Angel Dominguez/EPISD
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