Houston ISD has announced more new principals at local schools.

David Church is moving from Oak Forest Elementary to be the principal of Travis Elementary, 3311 Beauchamp St., where he will succeed Tom Day. Helms Elementary principal Maria Dolores Perejón-Lasheras will assume that position at Clifton Middle School, 6001 Golden Forest Dr., and Crockett Elementary principal Priscilla Rivas has been named as the new principal for Kinder HSPVA.

Church has been the teacher specialist at Oak Forest Elementary for the past three years and was a longtime teacher before that. Taking the lead role at Travis brings Church's HISD career full circle as he started with the district in 2002 as a fourth-grade teacher at the Woodland Heights campus.

Church has a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University and master’s degrees from Marquette University and Prairie View A&M University.

For the past five years, Perejón-Lasheras served as principal of Helms, where according to an HISD news release, she was instrumental in that school’s rise from “improvement required” status to meet the state standard with a “B” rating.

In October 2019, she was awarded the Excellence in Leadership Award. Earlier this year, she was named HISD Elementary Principal of the Year.

Perejón-Lasheras has also served as a teacher, instructional specialist and curriculum specialist in the HISD Curriculum Department. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Complutense University of Madrid in Spain.

Rivas is leaving Crockett Elementary, located at 2112 Crockett St. in the Sawyer Yards area. She joined HISD in 2005 as a teacher at Herrera and then Memorial Elementary schools. 

Rivas then served as an assistant principal at Browning Elementary before becoming principal at Crockett, which has a performing and visual arts program. According to an HISD news release, Rivas is also a performing artist, artistic director and teacher for dance and visual arts.

After attaining her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston, she went on to pursue her master’s degree in educational leadership at the University of St. Thomas and her doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a focus in learning, design and technology at UH.

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