In July 2020, Dr. Michelle Cavazos was named Superintendent of Schools in Gregory-Portland Independent School District. Michelle has held leadership positions in the Houston, San Antonio, and Austin areas. Her experience includes serving as a Chief Officer in School Leadership & Academics, Director of Secondary, Bilingual/ESL Coordinator, and Principal at the High School, Middle School, and Elementary School levels and now superintendent.
Michelle is a member of the Lt. Governor’s Superintendent Advisory Group, serves as a member of the TASA Advocacy Committee, and serves on the Executive Board for the Texas Association for Latino Administrators and Superintendents. Previously she was a member of the Cohort 2 mentorship program and now serves as a mentor to aspiring school district leaders. In addition, she is a Regional Director for Raise Your Hand Texas.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and another Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish teaching, both from the University of Northern Iowa. She graduated with her Master of Arts degree in administration and supervision from the University of Houston. She completed her doctoral coursework in school improvement through Texas State University where she was awarded the Doctoral Merit Fellowship.
Michelle was the 2015 Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Region 13 High School Principal of the Year, 2014 Hays CISD Principal of the Year, 2009 and 2015 HEB Secondary Principal semi-finalist, 1997 Galena Park ISD Bilingual Teacher of the Year, 1996 Galena Park ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, and 1995 Galena Park ISD Rookie of the Year.
She is a fluent Spanish-speaker and has completed several programs at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, including Leading 21st Century High Schools, Closing the Achievement Gap: Strategies for Excellence with Equity, and Leadership: An Evolving Vision.
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