TMECHS Principal Barbara Brinkley-Lopez has been named the Region 19 Outstanding Principal of the Year and is slated to represent the area at the state level.
The honor was awarded by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, which also selected Franklin High School’s Laron Sharp as the Region 19 Assistant Principal of the Year.
“It is truly an honor – very unexpected,” said Brinkley-Lopez. “I have to attribute all the success of our campus with our students and teachers because, without them, this truly could never be possible. We have very high standards for both our students and faculty and staff members. I believe you need to support them and provide the resources that they need.”
School administrators are nominated and chosen by their peers within their regions based on exemplary performance and outstanding leadership.
Brinkley-Lopez, who has been with TMECHS since 2016, is credited with consistently having an attendance rate above 97 percent, implementing a 4-year engineering pathway and bringing a full complement of fine arts to her campus.
“If you always put students first in your decision-making, you will always be doing the right thing,” she said.
EPISD Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera said Brinkley-Lopez and Sharp represent the high level of commitment that exists among administrators in the District.
“We are beyond proud to have Ms. Brinkley-Lopez and Sharp represent EPISD and Region 19 at the state level,” he said. “El Paso is the center of high-quality teaching and learning, and it’s educators like these two administrators who make it all happen.”
Both Brinkley-Lopez and Sharp will be recognized during the Josten’s Night of the Stars Awards Dinner on June 9 at the Hilton Anatole Dallas Hotel.