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AISD Board of Trustees Approves New Principal Appointments

Crockett High School and Zavala elementary school get new leaders

On Monday, Dec. 19, Austin ISD's Board of Trustees approved the appointments of two new AISD principals. 

Crockett High School

Kori Crawford was appointed as the leader of Crockett High School. 

Crawford most recently served as Academy Director at Travis Early College High School. In this role, she helped create campus wide systems to move the school from an improvement required TEA rating to met standard; she also helped lead the campus to obtain six TEA distinction designations.

She worked to increase student enrollment in AP and dual enrollment courses and helped plan for the development, implementation and recruitment of the Early College High School program.

She also served as the Advanced Placement coordinator, Building a Teacher Effectiveness Network facilitator, Advocacy Committee supervisor and member of the Campus Advisory Committee.

She previously served as associate principal and school improvement facilitator at Crockett High School, as a teacher at Garza High School and as a teaching assistant at Garza.

Crawford has a master's degree in educational leadership from Texas State University and a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the University of Texas at Austin.

Zavala Elementary School

Jose Mejia was appointed as the leader of Zavala Elementary School. 

Mejia most recently served as assistant principal at Brooke Elementary. In this role he fostered technology in the classroom through the Think Through Math and Reading Plus programs, provided training on professional learning communities and assisted with development of the school’s vision and mission statement with staff members.

Mejia also served as Eastside Memorial Vertical Team Summer STEM Academy and Summer Reading and Garden Program Principal where he used grant funds and partnerships with local businesses to develop STEM and literacy curriculum for the summer programs.

Mejia worked to provide daily teacher training on STEM and reading curriculum using Engineering in Elementary kits and the Fountas and Pinnell literacy program. He also worked to enrich the summer programs through outdoor learning and creating community gardens.

He previously served as an assistant principal at Del Valle Elementary and a fifth-grade teacher at Creedmoor Elementary School in Creedmoor.

Mejia has a master's degree in educational administration from Lamar University and a bachelor's degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin.