Three area elementary schools have new leadership on campus.
Annie Marie Garcia has been named as the new principal of Browning Elementary School at 607 Northwood St., while Eden Bass has been hired as the principal at Love Elementary, 1120 W. 13th St. Also, Ryan Hutchings was recently introduced as the new principal at Wainwright Elementary, 5330 Milwee St.
During her 19 years with Houston ISD, Garcia has served as a teacher at Lyons Elementary and assumed teacher specialist positions at Ketelsen Elementary and most recently, Smith Elementary.
An HISD blog post said Garcia has been instrumental in collaborating with numerous elementary campuses in developing strategic literacy plans.
Garcia holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from University of Houston-Downtown and a master’s in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.
She replaces Eva Campos, who served as the school’s principal since the summer of 2019.
Bass began her career in HISD as a sixth-grade math teacher at Patrick Henry Middle School and spent the past five years at the Arabic Immersion Magnet School (AIMS). Bass joined the founding team at AIMS as an Arabic language enrichment teacher. She then moved to the AIMS leadership team and over the years served as magnet coordinator, teacher specialist and assistant principal.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in Public School Leadership from Columbia University.
Bass replaces Melba Heredia Johnson, who served as Love’s principal since the summer of 2018.
At Wainwright, Hutchings replaces Christina Aguirre-Oliva. A 17-year HISD veteran, Hutchings most recently served as the assistant principal at Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center High School.
He started his HISD career as a middle school science teacher at Sharpstown International School and Lanier Middle School, later working in a district leadership role of overseeing elementary science curriculum for Northside-area schools.
Hutchings said in a video welcome that his assistant principal role has prepared him to take the next step at Wainwright.
“I want to brand Wainwright as the neighborhood school of choice,” he said.
Hutchings also said he wants to strengthen academics at the school and facilitate an inclusive and tradition-filled campus culture.
Look for interviews with new area principals later this summer.