On Thursday, El Paso Independent School District Superintendent Juan Cabrera announced the appointment of two experienced educators to lead Andress and Franklin high schools as new principals.
Joseph Manago will start his tenure as principal at Andress on March 23. Shawn Mena will take over as principal at Franklin on April 3.
“Mr. Manago and Ms. Mena come with a long list of accomplishments and we feel they’re the right fit for their respective campuses,” Cabrera said. “Our search for principals at these two campuses was extensive and thorough. I have the confidence that we have selected two educators who care deeply about the schools they’re about to lead and the communities they will serve.”
Manago has 23 years of experience as an educator and is currently the principal at Nolan Richardson Middle School in the Andress feeder pattern.
Before that he served as an English teacher in both the Ysleta and Socorro school districts, and as a high-school assistant principal and assistant fine arts director in Socorro. He has a bachelor’s of arts and master’s in education from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Mena is currently the Director of the Arts and Humanities Academy in the Austin school district, where she also served as a high-school assistant principal. She taught speech in the Ysleta school district and was a lecturer at both UTEP and El Paso Community College.
Mena has bachelor’s and master’s of arts degrees from UTEP and is completing her doctorate at Grand Canyon University.