Two new assistant principals will join the administration of San Marcos High School this year. One of them is a graduate of the school.
The school board approved hiring Kelli Lopez and Donyea Lewis at its regular meeting last week, accepting recommendations from Superintendent Mark Eads and principal Michelle Darling.
Lopez, an 1989 alumnus of SMHS where she was in the top five percent of her class and an athlete in four sports, will return to San Marcos from Del Valle, where she most recently served as an assistant principal and previously was a mathematics teacher and coach. She received an bachelor’s degree from Shreiner College in Kerrville and a master’s degree in mathematics and educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin and Lamar University in Beaumont.
Lewis most recently was the assistant principal at Paredes Middle School in Austin and has also been dean of students at Austin ISD’s William B. Travis High School and a teacher and coach at Connally High School in Pflugerville and Crockett High School in Austin. He did undergraduate work at Concordia, St. Edward’s and Schreiner universities and received a master’s degree in education administration from Concordia University.
More than 70 people applied for the jobs which include one being vacated by Hilary Kouhana, who will now serve as a districtwide assistant principal charged with improving attendance.
In Pflugerville, an administrator dedicated to attendance has helped the district increase its funding from the state by about $1 million in a single school year, Eads told trustees. Texas allocates money to school districts based largely on enrollment and attendance, he said, and he expects the new position in San Marcos will help local schools collect more state aid.