CISD Honors Assistant Principals for AP Week
April 5- 9, 2021 is recognized as National Assistant Principals Week. Every day during National Assistant Principals Week we will celebrate our assistant principals by highlighting their accomplishments on our district website and social media pages. Check back to this page daily to see who we have honored for the day.
Monday, April 5, 2021
Channelview High School Associate and Assistant Principals.
Alan Smith- CHS Associate Principal
Mr. Alan Smith is starting his 27 th year in education after having earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. He begins his 20th year at Channelview High School (CHS) after initially joining CHS as Social Studies teacher and Coach. In 2013, he was promoted from Assistant Principal to his current position as Associate Principal.
Mr. Smith has truly been blessed to work at Channelview High School because he has been allowed to shape and mold the future of SO MANY young lives in roles that he has served while at Channelview High School.
Cynthia Benitez- Kolarik Associate Principal
Cynthia Benitez earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Texas Southern University and a Master of Science in Educational Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She always planned to be a teacher and was excited to accept her first teaching position in Channelview Independent School District. During her first year as a high school teacher, she married her love and best friend, Felix, and moved to Channelview, Texas. Ms. Benitez taught math for four years and then became an assistant principal. She is in her 15th year with CISD, currently serving as Associate Principal of the High School. Ms. Benitez believes that we are not just in the education business; we are in the people business and must always do what is best for students. She emphasizes that her primary role as an educator is always to be an advocate for children, a leader of leaders, a teacher of teachers, and a partner with parents and community members. Ms. Benitez and her husband, Felix, have two children, Alyssa and Isabella, both of whom attend Channelview ISD schools. She loves spending time with her family, listening to music, dancing, and traveling. Ms. Benitez believes her life has been blessed through serving students and working with awesome educators.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Stephanie Green- Assistant Principal
Mrs. Green is a proud North Carolinian. She considers herself a lifelong learner and an educator with vast experience. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She holds a Master’s Degree from Prairie View A&M University in Counseling, as well as certifications from the University of Houston in Special Education and St.Thomas University in Administration.
Mrs. Green enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and traveling. Her favorite city so far is Vienna, Austria for its beautiful castles and landscape. Besides, who wouldn’t want to explore the original location of where the Sound of Music was filmed?
She and her husband are parents of two college-aged girls. She is an active member of her community through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., and Jack and Jill of America. She is a strong advocate for kids, education, and helping students see their full potential. Her favorite quote is “for I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper…..plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Mrs. Green loves being a Falcon!
Janeth Melancon- Assistant Principal
Teacher, counselor, and administrator are combined titles and lifelong duties Ms. Melancon has held for her 30 odd years as an educator. Two weeks after graduating from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Ms. Melancon moved to the “Lone Star State” and pursued her dreams of becoming a leader by obtaining a Master’s in Counseling and completing the Principal’s Certification from Prairie View A&M University. Her desire to impact the lives of students she is surrounded by on a daily basis is her reason for modeling exemplary behavior and professionalism at all times. Students who have graduated from CHS still remember her “No Nonsense” but kind approach, and, as adults, they thank her for providing that type of guidance. Her next venture is to work full-time in the private sector as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Ms. Melancon is a Christian and attends Grace Church. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and has two children, both of whom are college-aged and pursuing degrees in Business and Criminal Justice. Their puppy, Lacy, completes their happy family.
Amber Beard- Assistant Principal
Ms. Beard is a passionate educator with nearly 20 years of educational experience. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in English from Lamar University, with a double minor in history and political science. In addition, she is certified in ELAR 7-12 and holds a Principal’s Certification. Ms. Beard taught English for 16 years before coming to Channelview ISD to work as the district ELAR instructional coach. In August of 2018, Ms. Beard accepted a position as Assistant Principal at Channelview High School. Ms. Beard’s hobbies are reading, traveling (her favorite city so far is Budapest, Hungary), and making memories with her family. She is also the proud mom of two wonderful daughters and two precocious, but adorable, dachshunds, both of whom were rescues. In her opinion, the greatest American novel ever written is To Kill a Mockingbird (her youngest daughter is named after author Harper Lee), and this quote, spoken by Atticus Finch, is a favorite: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." Ms. Beard believes that empathy is one of the most important things we can learn and teach others.
Mr. Andre Phillip-Assistant Principal
Andre Phillip earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from McNeese State University and his Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A&M University. He joined Channelview ISD in 2003 as a math teacher and football coach before being promoted to Assistant Principal in 2015.
Mr. Phillip loves working at Channelview High School and always says the kids are the best part of this job. He loves to serenade the students during lunch: “Baby Shark” is a favorite. You can always find him on duty by room 101 at any part of the day.
Mr. Phillip enjoys spending time with family and friends, coaching his son’s little league team, watching movies, and reading.
Dr. David Myrick-Assistant Principal
Dr. Myrick has worked with CISD for 18 years. He began his journey as a Hamblen Hawk and became a McMullan Mustang before finally settling at CHS 8 years ago. Dr. Myrick joined CHS as a counselor, and after 3 years, was promoted to Assistant Principal. He has earned a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and Educational Leadership and, in 2019, completed his Educational Doctorate with Lamar University. Dr. Myrick is a self-described techie who enjoys playing the piano and is a church musician as well as a deacon. He is actively involved with the band booster program at his children’s high school, and his loving wife works with special needs students in another district. In their off-time, the Myrick family loves to cruise to exotic ports, with the private island of Half Moon Cay being their favorite thus far. Dr. Myrick believes in the ability of his students to succeed, and he works to bring out the best in everyone. He takes his role as an educational leader seriously and enjoys working to build a strong relationship between our teachers, our students, and our parents. He is committed to seeing the Channelview community grow and reap the benefits of a first-class education through our schools.
You will often hear Dr. Myrick shouting, “Let’s go Falcons!” as he loves all sports.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Mr. Cedric Le Puech-Assistant Principal
Mr. Le Peuch is a French native who became a United States citizen in 2007. He holds a Master’s Degree in Modern History from the Sorbonne University in Paris as well as an MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi. He joined Channelview ISD in 2007 as a Social Studies teacher and also taught Foreign Language before being promoted to Assistant Principal in 2013.
Mr. Le Peuch is a father of two, and his wife also works for the district, teaching Kindergarten at Harvey Brown Elementary. He is an avid musician, having played guitar for over three decades and performed with multiple bands, as well as an unconditional movie enthusiast. He also enjoys extensive international travels, having visited over thirty different countries, and he continues to fly out when the opportunity arises.
Mr. Le Peuch is a fervent educator who believes that a person is not defined by where they come from but by where they are going and that knowledge and hard work are the stones paving the way for that journey. Mr. Le Peuch is a Falcon all the way!
Mrs. Luz Moore-Assistant Principal
Mrs. Moore earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education from Sam Houston State University in 2011 and completed her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in 2018. She joined Channelview High School as a math teacher in 2011 and was promoted to Assistant Principal/Testing Coordinator in 2018.
Mrs. Moore is a lover of all things mathematics and loves working with numbers and students. She's an avid Houston sports fan and is always rooting for the home team. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
Throughout her time working in education, she has valued the “Aha” moments with students and watching them grow into young adults. She is committed to working with teachers, parents, and students in order to provide the best educational experience. Mrs. Moore feels blessed to work in such a supportive school district and community. Let’s go Falcons!
Dr. Tiffany Wilson-Assistant Principal
Dr. Wilson has served the Channelview community since 2008. Prior to becoming the Assistant Principal at Crenshaw, she was a Resource/Inclusion teacher for 3 years and a school counselor for 7 years at Harvey Brown Elementary. Dr. Wilson is married with four children. She loves to spend time with family and friends, run her t-shirt business, and travel. Dr. Wilson lives by the motto: "If it is to be, It is up to me" - Whatever you want in life it is up to you to make it happen. We're all responsible for our own success and our attitude determines our altitude!
Amanda Bijani-Assistant Principal
Hello! My name is Amanda Bijani.This year will be my 12th year in education. Nine of those twelve years have been with Channelview ISD working on various campuses. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from the University of Houston and a Master’s Degree of Education from Lamar University. I am also a graduate of Channelview High School. I absolutely love what I do and it is a blessing and an honor to work with such great kids. I have thoroughly enjoyed being an Assistant Principal at Hamblen Elementary for the last 2 years and look forward to another wonderful school year.
Amber Logan--Assistant Principal
Amber Logan's experiences as an educator for Channelview Independent School District for thepast nineteen years have provided her with a variety of opportunities to learn about educating children as well as leading and growing staff members. She began her career at Crenshaw Elementary in 2001 and spent four years there as a self-contained second grade teacher. She moved to Harvey Brown Elementary when they opened their doors as their Reading and Dyslexia Specialist. She then spent the next eight years at McMullan Elementary as a fourth grade English Language Arts teacher and team leader. Ms. Logan has been the District Elementary Reading Coach for four years where she has supported and coached teachers in district initiatives such as Dual Language and Balanced Literacy as well as leading staff development and planning curriculum and best practices for instruction. She has enjoyed leading the staff and students the past two years at Hamblen as the Assistant Principal and is excited and eager to be a part of the successful future with the campus.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Ms. Tihesha Morgan--Assistant Principal
Welcome to McMullan Elementary! My name is Tihesha "Ti" Morgan. I was born and raised in Northern California, where I graduated from high school. I later went on to receive my Bachelor's degree from Southern University and then later pursued my Master's degree from Grand Canyon University with an Administrative Certification from Lamar University. Here at McMullan, I am the behavior coordinator and oversee attendance. If you have any questions or concerns with behavior or attendance, please give me a call at 281-452-1154 and I will return your call within 24 hours. We look forward to educating your child.
Ms. Amanda Montemayo--Assistant Principal
This is my 16th year in education after earning a Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Studies in Bilingual Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership. I always dreamed of becoming a teacher. I am a graduate from Channelview ISD and I continued my studies to make my dream come true. My education career began, as an instructional aide at Crenshaw, became a Bilingual Kindergarten teacher then 1st grade Bilingual Teacher at DeZavala Elementary. After a few years, I decided to return to school to pursue my Masters, as I became the Dual Language Curriculum Coach. In September of 2018, I was promoted to Assistant Principal at DeZavala.
I am known to be passionate about my work but I do love spending time with my two “busy” boys, Fabian and Charlie. My boys are my encouragement and I have become who I am because of them. As my father always told my siblings and me, “I want you to be better than me.” Now, I tell my boys, “I want you to be better than me.” I have set my standards high because I have high expectations for them as I do for our students. My hobbies include resting when I can because I am always on the run, but spending time with my boys. Making memories is a big thing for me.
My heart has always been in education especially my ELL students, because I am one of them. Anything is possible as long as you try, put your mind and effort! I have had many mentors along the way and one person told me, always keep in mind our students do what is best for them!
Mr. Neiman Owens--Assistant Principal
I received my bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas and obtained my master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. I have a total of 10 years in education. I began my educational career at Alice Johnson Junior High in Channelview ISD, where I served as an 8th grade Pre-Algebra teacher for 7 years. After my tenure at Alice Johnson, I began serving as an Assistant Principal at Lance Corporal Anthony Aguirre Junior High School.
As a proud product of Channelview ISD, I was blessed to have positive and inspiring educators that set high expectations and went above and beyond to develop the child holistically. I challenge myself daily to be the same beacon of hope for the students of Anthony Aguirre Junior High and Channelview ISD. It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the students, staff, and community members of Anthony Aguirre Junior High the past four years and I look forward to great things to come in the near future.
Ms. Michelle Galtney--Assistant Principal
My name is Michelle Galtney, a Houston native, whose 20-year educational career began in Phoenix, Arizona where I taught math & science at an independent charter school. Upon my family’s return to Houston, I was afforded the opportunity to teach mathematics at the secondary level (High School) serving in Klein ISD (4 years) and Channelview ISD (6 years) as an Algebra 1 and Math Intervention instructor. I’ve also had the pleasure of leading and supporting staff and students as a Math Content Specialist (5 years), and now as an assistant principal at Anthony Aguirre Junior High (3 years).
From a very young age, I’ve always had the desire to be in a position where I could transformatively impact young people’s lives. Therefore, my primary focus as a proud Texas Southern University Tiger (Houston, Texas) was mathematics with a minor in Psychology. I’ve always believed in the quote so eloquently articulated by Gatorade Branding: “It doesn’t matter where you come from, it’s where you are going; It doesn’t matter what you drive, it’s what drives you; It doesn’t matter what’s on you, it’s what’s in you…” This is the message I strive to articulate to the student body I have the opportunity to oversee. Every child has the potential to develop into highly functioning adults who are nurtured socially, emotionally, and academically through the relationships they build with educators. I am proud to be a part of a leadership team that embodies this philosophy through “UNITY” to empower all stakeholders in our school and community.
Ms. Diorica Cavazos--Assistant Principal
I’m honored to serve our students, parents and staff to L.C. Anthony Aguirre Junior High as the 6th Grade Assistant Principal. It is with great pride that I serve Bulldog Nation in a variety of roles Special Education Administrator, LPAC Administrator, Testing Coordinator, and AVID Excel Coordinator. As an educator, I have been committed and dedicated to student achievement for over twenty years. For the past 14 years, I have happily served Channelview in an administrative capacity. Prior to my experience at CISD, I have taught in grade levels Kindergarten to 8th Grade, Reading Specialist, Bilingual Facilitator and Assistant Principal at Progreso ISD.
No matter the role within education or grade I have taught, I always return to my core values, which includes the idea that education is a social right-- not a privilege.
Friday, April 9, 2021
Mr. Lewis --Assistant Principal
I am 17 year veteran educator committed to serving diverse communities. The second born child of teenage parents in Columbus, OH. I used the light of education to navigate humble beginnings and would go on to be the first family member to graduate college, immediately after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. I earned an Associate of Arts from San Jacinto College North, a Bachelor of Science from University of Houston Downtown, a Masters of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from DeVry University, all while working a full time job at Vinson & Elkins LLP and the Texas National Guard.
Though initially I was considering joining the FBI, I immediately had a change of heart after coming a across small ad in the Houston Post advertising an alternative education program at Pasadena ISD. I then decided to pursue a career in education in order to help the youth unlock the doors of opportunity and rise to their full potential. My career started as a Special Education teacher in 2004 at The Summit Alternative School. After dedicating 4 years at The Summit as an inclusion, resource, and a co-teacher, I ultimately accepted a position with Alice Johnson Jr High as the BAC teacher in 2008 and later, my current position, as an Assistant Principal in 2012.
Currently, I live with my wife, Catherine, who is a nationally certified LSSP and owner of CC Assessments Services. We are blessed with 4 beautiful girls. Outside of enjoying family, I am usually remodeling or rehabbing homes, riding my Can Am Maverick, playing with my Ole English Bull Dog and Frenchie, or simply relaxing and watching sports. Likewise, you will often see me taking in a Hornet game or concert. Go Hornets!!
Mr. Hinze--Assistant Principal
Over my 29 years in education, I have worked for 6 districts, at 9 schools as a teacher, coach, and administrator. During that time I taught 12 different subjects ranging from Aquatic Science to Algebra II, was the head coach of six different sports and served as an Assistant and Associate Principal. In my 10 years at Channelview, I taught Science, was a Head Soccer and Cross Country Coach and served as an Assistant Principal at the junior high and high school levels, as well as an Associate Principal at the High School.
Ms. Cynthia Gonzalez--Assistant Principal
Ms. Gonzalez earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston and completed her Master’s in Educational Leadership at Lamar University. She has proudly worked with CISD for 19 years and feels it is a privilege to serve the Channelview community. She began her career teaching Kindergarten at Schochler Elementary, before moving to Brown Elementary when it opened in 2005. After teaching Kinder and 1st grade for ten years, she taught 3rd and 4th grade at Brown and Cobb. In 2015, she joined Schochler as the Assistant Principal. Ms. Gonzalez feels that educating and advocating for children is her calling. She believes that building a relationship with students and maintaining high expectations is key to achieving academic success.
Ms. Gonzalez has three daughters- two are in college and the youngest is an Aguirre Bulldog. She loves spending time with her family, camping with friends, karaoking, listening to live music, and curling up to a good read.
Mrs. Angela Lavergne--Assistant Principal
Angela Lavergne has been an employee with Channelview ISD for 22 years. She began her employment with the district upon receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education. She later obtained a Masters in Instructional Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. Her educational teaching experience began at McMullan Elementary School were she taught first grade. She then transferred to Harvey Brown Elementary when the school opened to teach Third grade and later Fifth Grade Math and Science where she is now the Assistant Principal. Mrs. Lavergne has been a resident of Channelview at least 3o years. As a dedicated educator and advocate for children, she believes by doing the right thing for children the best outcomes will occur for all children.
Ms. Chantal Carreon--Assistant Principal
I have worked in Channelview ISD for 14 years. I received my Bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and my Master's degree from Lamar University. I began my career at McMullan elementary where I taught the following bilingual grades: kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 4th grade for 8 years. Then I served as a Reading and Writing District Dual Language Coach for grades PK - 5 for 4 years in the district. Currently, I am in my second year as the Assistant Principal at Barrett-Lee Early Childhood Center.