Jennifer Barrientez announced earlier this month that she was stepping down from her position as principal of Stevens Elementary, where she had worked since 2014.
On Monday, there were staff and community input meetings regarding the selection of Stevens’ new principal. Houston ISD School Support Officer Angela McConico sought feedback on the qualities, skills or characteristics the community wanted to see in a new leader as well as their thoughts on the most important issues or concerns facing the school.
After obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from Sam Houston State University, Barrientez began her educational career as a classroom teacher in Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD near Livingston, where she was the testing coordinator in addition to her classroom duties.
Barrientez also worked as the elementary mathematics curriculum director at Harmony Public Schools, where she guided the curriculum of 40 schools around the state of Texas.
Before her tenure at Stevens, she served as principal at Meador Elementary School in Willis ISD and as an assistant principal at Houston ISD’s The Rusk School, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) magnet. It was there that Barrientez started out as the science lab teacher.
Barrientez said her goal for Stevens was to strengthen instructional practices and make sure that the school’s English Second Language students were ready to transition successfully to middle school. She also said she intended to continue the gains Stevens had made with regards to community awareness so “surrounding neighborhoods know what programs Stevens offers.”
In 2018, the school earned a “met standard” designation from the Texas Education Agency and a distinction for comparative academic growth.