In preparation for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year, the Ysleta Independent School District announced Friday the appointment of three new principals and a Central Office director, effective July 1.
Maria Gonzalez, current assistant principal at Eastwood Knolls International School, has been named the new principal at Edgemere International School. Gonzalez began her career in education in 1994 as a teacher; she has also served as a librarian, and instructional coach throughout the years.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Educational Administration, both from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
Daniel Medina, current Del Valle High School assistant principal, has been selected to serve as principal at Riverside Middle School. He began his professional career in 2006 as a middle-school teacher, later serving as instructional specialist and assistant principal.
Medina earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from UTEP and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Sul Ross State University.
Jacob Valtierra, current principal at Riverside Middle School, will serve as the new principal of Bel Air High School. Valtierra launched his career in education in 2007 as a teacher at Parkland High School.
During his tenure, he has served as a high school history and T-STEM teacher; middle-school assistant principal; high-school
assistant principal; and middle-school principal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stanford University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from UTEP.
Michelle Cadena, current interim director of Middle School Academics, has been selected to serve as Ysleta ISD’s Director of Elementary and Middle School Academics.
Cadena began her career in 1996 as a teacher at Pasodale Elementary School, later serving as instructional specialist and coordinator. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from UTEP and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix.