DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 12, 2017
LISD announces changes in campus leadership for 2017-2018
Lockhart ISD Superintendent Susan Bohn announced Lockhart High School Principal Deanna Juarez will take on a new role for the 2017-2018 school year as the Navarro Elementary School principal. The move, which will take place at the end of the current school year, is prompted by a request by Juarez to return to the elementary school level. Juarez will fill the position recently opened after Navarro Principal Anna Canales announced her resignation effective at the end of this school year. Juarez, a Lockhart High School graduate and 19-year veteran in the school district, was excited about the opportunity to return to Navarro. “I began as a teacher at Navarro Elementary so many years ago. My roots at Navarro and in elementary education and administration run deep,” said Juarez. After her years at Navarro, Juarez ascended into a leadership role as assistant principal at the campus, eventually becoming the principal at Clear Fork Elementary, where she served for six years. Juarez has a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Southwest Texas State and a Masters in Educational Administration at Texas State University.
In January 2015, the superintendent at that time approached Juarez to step into the principal role at Lockhart High School as it entered a period of construction. “Because of my ties to Lockhart High School, I was asked to serve as principal during its construction period. They wanted someone who could be flexible with the challenges construction projects present and could represent and protect the traditions of LHS as an alumna,” added Juarez. “I will truly miss the students, staff, and families at LHS and know they will continue to focus on growing and achieving. I am proud to have served LHS during this time period, and with construction nearly complete, I can’t help but be excited to return home to Navarro.”
The current principal at Navarro Elementary, Anna Canales, announced to her staff and campus parents her intent to leave the school district Friday, April 7.
In her email to parents, Canales said, “After five years with Lockhart ISD, I am resigning at the end of this school year. My husband has accepted an opportunity in San Antonio, and we are excited about what our next chapter will bring.” She concluded, “While it is difficult to say goodbye, I am sure that Navarro students will continue to be successful in their educational endeavors.”
Superintendent Bohn stated, “The district wishes Mrs. Canales well in her new adventures beyond Lockhart. She will be missed.” Regarding the move by Juarez to return to Navarro, Bohn added, “Ms. Juarez has led the high school during a very busy and challenging time with the high school bond construction project. With the recent opportunity at Navarro, I understand why she was excited to make this request now that the high school construction is near completion. I know she is eager to get back to her roots in elementary education, and I look forward to seeing the impact of her leadership on that campus.”
With the request by Juarez to transfer into the Navarro leadership spot, the district announced the selection of Luciano Castro as the new principal for Lockhart High School, effective at the end of this school year.
Castro was approved by the Board in the fall to serve as the associate principal at Lockhart High School, although he is currently serving in the role of principal at M.L. Cisneros Freshman Campus (MLCC) until ninth grade officially joins the completed new high school next year. “Mr. Castro has a record of increasing student performance and achievement significantly as a secondary principal, and he has brought his expertise in instructional leadership and his drive to raise the level of expectation for students and staff to Lockhart,” said Bohn. “This has been apparent in even his short time in his leadership role with us this year, and I am confident he will serve our students, staff, and community exceptionally well in his new leadership role.”
Before joining LISD in November 2016,Castro served as an educator and instructional leader for 15 years. He is bilingual, which has been important in student and family engagement. He worked as a math teacher in the Austin and Pflugerville school districts and as a middle school assistant principal in Austin ISD.
Castro had most recently served as principal at Sabinal High School in Sabinal Independent School District. Under his leadership, the campus earned six academic distinctions in 2015 from the Texas Education Agency including: Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading; Academic Achievement in Mathematics; Academic Achievement in Science; Top 25 Percent: Student Progress; Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps; and Postsecondary Readiness.
“I am honored to be selected to serve as the new principal at Lockhart High School. I understand the school, in many ways, is the heart of the community with a proud history that we will continue to honor,” said Castro upon learning of his selection. “I look forward to boosting student achievement and partnering with families and staff to ensure our Lions are well-prepared for success as they enter the world beyond LHS.”
Mr. Castro earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Master of Education from Texas State University. He is currently a doctoral student in school improvement at Texas State University.