Principal Profiles: Learn more about your campus leaders!
 
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Ann Garza -  Schochler Elementary
 
How long have you been a principal at this campus?
Nine years
 
 
Previous Administrative/Teaching experience
Assistant Principal – Schochler Elementary
Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher – Schochler Elementary
 
 
Educational Background
Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts – University of St. Thomas
Masters Degree in Educational Leadership – University of Houston-Clear Lake
Rice University Education Entreprenurship Business Fellowship in 2016
 
 
Why did you decide to become a principal?
As a classroom teacher,  I  worked with students who came from some very challenging circumstances. Early in my career, I noticed that the students who made the greatest gains were those whose parents asked what they could do at home to help their children.  I began working with my students' parents and soon after began providing professional development for district teachers. I enjoyed both and could see the difference it made.  It was then that I figured out that I could make a bigger difference for more students by educating adults. 
 
 
What inspires you most as an educator?
The dynamics of the educational process inspires me. The educators who dedicate their lives to working with children in spite of the societal and systemic challenges of the 21st Century.   The resilience of the children who face these challenges everyday and come to school with joy in their hearts and smiles on their faces. The parents who manage to balance work, home, and being an active participant in their child's education. 
 
 
What is your fondest memory as an educator?
Over the past 24 years, I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of students, teachers, and parents. My fondest memory is still the time that one of the students in my first Kindergarten class came back to Schochler to invite me to her high school graduation.  She shared with me some of her memories from kindergarten.  Things that I had said or done for her.  To me, the things she mentioned seemed like something ordinary, but to her they had meant everything. 
 
 
What piece of advice would you want your students to remember?
Life is filled with many experiences, some positive and others that are negative.  Each of those experiences will teach you something about who you are and who you want to be.  Don't allow those experiences to define you.  You have the power to control your actions and choices, to learn something from every experience (even the worst of experiences), and to make the most out of every moment.
 
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Jules Pichon - Alice Johnson Junior High
 
How long have you been principal of your campus? 
Five years
 
 
Previous administrative and teaching experience
Assistant Principal – Alice Johnson Junior High
Sixth and Seventh Grade Math Teacher – Houston ISD
 
 
Educational Background
Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies – University of Houston-Downtown
Masters Degree in Education -- Prairie View A&M University
 
 
Why did you decide to become a principal?
I decided to become a principal to provide a safe and learner-centered environment where students attending college is an expectation.
 
 
What inspires you most as an educator?
As an educator, I am inspired by students that come to school eager to learn.
 

What is your fondest memory as an educator? 
My fondest memory as an educator is coaching 4th and 5th grade students basketball during my first 11 years as a teacher aide and fifth grade teacher in Houston I.S.D.
 
 
What advice would you want your students to remember?
The piece of advice that I would want my students to remember is that in life, you are not graded A-B-C-D or F, but on the character that you portray and the effort that you put forth. 
 
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