YISD names new associate superintendent, principals

YISD names new associate superintendent, principals
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 5:47pm

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) is announcing the hiring of Brenda Chacon as YISD associate superintendent; Charles E. Garcia as principal of Camino Real Middle School; and Penelope P. Bankston as principal of Valley View Middle School. All three positions take effect July 1.

Chacon comes to YISD after working as a teacher, instructional technologist, assistant principal, principal, and interim assistant superintendent at the Socorro Independent School District (SISD) since 2005. As a new YISD associate superintendent, she joins three other associate superintendents – Dr. Catherine Kennedy, Rebecca O’Neill, and Dr. Susanna Russell – in overseeing all YISD schools.

Chacon holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, and two master’s degrees in reading and educational administration, all from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She is also earning a doctorate in educational administration from UTEP.

Garcia, a Socorro High School assistant principal, replaces former Camino Real Middle Principal Dolores Chaparro, who retired. Garcia has worked as an SISD teacher, counselor, and administrator since 2003, and concurrently served as an Ysleta ISD counselor from 2009-2012. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Edward’s University and a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix.

Bankston, an Ysleta High School assistant principal, will replace Dr. Kennedy as principal at Valley View Middle. Bankston began her career in education in 1995 as a middle-school English teacher at the El Paso Independent School District. She came to YISD in 2008, and worked as an instructional specialist and assistant principal at Parkland High School. Bankston earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sul Ross State University.

Ysleta ISD, a two-time national Broad Prize finalist, serves about 43,000 students in pre-K through 12th grade in 63 campuses, including two K-8 international schools and one early college high school. YISD’s 2013 state ratings were among the best in El Paso. Every campus met the state’s academic standards, and YISD had the most campuses earning special distinctions in Math, English Language Arts, and Student Improvement.

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