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EPISD principal tapped to help TEA update state science curriculum

The Texas State Board of Education is looking to an EPISD principal to help update and modernize the science component of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, the state curriculum often referred to as TEKS.

Dr. Cynthia Ontiveros, the principal at the Young Women’s STEAM Research & Preparatory Academy and Armendariz Middle School, was selected as one of nine state educators to serve as content advisors for the 2019 review and revision of the TEKS. She is the only El Pasoan to be selected.

Ontiveros was tapped as an expert in science education and research. She was nominated by State Board of Education Member Georgina Perez.

Ontiveros has been an officer in the Texas Science Education Leadership Association and is the co-author of “Copper Stain: Asarco’s Legacy in El Paso.”

She has three degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso, including a Ph.D. in teaching, learning and culture.

Author: Gustavo Reveles – EPISD

Video+Story: El Paso ISD Principal Pens Book on ASARCO

Young Women’s Academy principal Dr. Cynthia Ontiveros is the co-author of a new book telling the story of the workers from the now-defunct ASARCO smelter in El Paso

What began as an air-quality grant aimed at improving the lives of students in El Paso has now turned into a published book co-authored by an EPISD principal.

Dr. Ontiveros, the principal at the Young Women’s Academy, wrote the book “Copper Stain: Asarco’s Legacy in El Paso” along with researcher Elaine Hampton. The book focuses on the stories of the men and women who worked at the now-closed Asarco smelter and the impact they had on the city.

“This is a story of perseverance and grit,” Ontiveros said. “It shows that through hard work, people can have influence on the future of their families and the community where they live.”

The idea of the book began in 2010 when the District received a grant to look into air-quality issues at several schools near the former Asarco plant.  Ontiveros was part of the team working on the research and, after speaking and receiving information from former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, a publisher was sought to finalize any interest in getting these stories on paper.

The book honors the legacy of the workers and the sacrifices they made for the community and their loved ones.

Copper Stain was published by the University of Oklahoma Press and is available for purchases at local book stores and online at stores like Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Teachers and students at the Young Women’s Academy already are looking for ways to incorporate the book into their day-to-day lessons.

“They want to see how they can work the book and the stories in it into the classroom,” Ontiveros said. “Here at the Young Women’s Academy we like to incorporate our community into our lessons. The book can help our students connect to our local history, our local government and create a link that will be valuable for our students.”

Author: Erika Loren Reyes | Photos: Leonel Monroy |  Video: Angel Dominguez  – EPISD

El Paso ISD Announces New Principals, Staff for Select Schools and Departments

On Thursday, the El Paso Independent School District announced the assignment of new principals and staff at several schools and departments for the 2018-19 academic year.

Former Armendariz Middle School principal Larry Muñoz is the now the principal at the Raymond Telles Academy.

Muñoz replaces former Telles principal Chris James, who is now the principal at the Delta Academy. Former Delta principal Ernie Watts retired at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

Dr. Cynthia Ontiveros, the principal at the Young Women’s STEAM Research & Preparatory Academy, will serve concurrently as the principal at Armendariz. The Young Women’s Academy and Armendariz share a campus.

Former Henderson Middle School principal Elizabeth Maldonado is now an administrator in the EPISD Middle Schools Division. Jason Yturralde will serve concurrently as the principal at Henderson and his current position as principal at Ross Middle School.

Former Canyon Hills Middle School principal Jennifer DeGraaf is now an administrator in the District’s Student and Family Empowerment Department, where she will assist with EPISD’s Social and Emotional Learning initiatives.

Carlos Gomez, a longtime EPISD administrator, will serve as interim principal at Canyon Hills.

Story by Gustavo Reveles – EPISD
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