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Leadership Team

South Texas College Leadership Team Members

Dr. Shirley Reed, South Texas College President

Dr. Shirley A. Reed, South Texas College President 

Dr. Rebecca De Leon, STC

Dr. Rebecca De Leon, Interim Dean of Dual Credit Programs and School District Partnerships

Dr. Rebecca De Leon has over eleven years of experience in higher education where she serves as the Interim Dean for Dual Credit Programs and School District Partnerships for South Texas College. Dr. De Leon provides leadership for pre-college programs and initiatives including dual credit courses, Early College High Schools, and Middle College Academies. In addition, she promotes college-readiness programs such as the TexPREP and Recovery programs, and high school summer projects. She collaborates with partnering school districts stakeholders, the community, and local organizations to enhance these programs. Dr. De Leon obtained her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. 

Aaron Guajardo, STC

Aaron J. Guajardo, Coordinator for Early College High Schools -CTE

Aaron J. Guajardo is an Early College Coordinator for South Texas College. Mr. Guajardo graduated with an Associates of Interdisciplinary Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from South Texas College. Mr. Guajardo has over six years of experience in Higher Education severing as a liaison and partner for seven Early College High Schools across Hidalgo and Starr County.



R.G.C.C.I.S.D. Central Office Leadership Team Members.


Ms. Vilma Garza, Superintendent of Schools RGCCISD 


Dr. Leticia Trevino

Dr. Leticia Trevño, Director of Advanced Academics

Dr. Leticia Lamar Trevino has been with Rio Grande City CISD for 33 years. She began her career as a high school English teacher and continued to serve as a Counselor, Language Arts Specialist, Director for Guidance, Director for Testing, Secondary Director and presently, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Leticia L. Trevino is a graduate of Rio Grande City High School and a 1986 graduate of Pan American University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and History. Dr. Trevino earned a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education and her Mid-Management and Superintendent’s Certificate from the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg. Dr. Leticia L. Trevino graduated with a Doctorate Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Houston. Dr. Leticia Trevino believes in the importance of an education because it reinforces the idea that obtaining an education will open doors to opportunity and success; all children are entitled to the provision of the best education possible.


Nora Escobedo, Director of Guidance and Counseling RGCCISD

Mrs. Nora Escobedo, Director of Guidance and Counseling RGCCISD 



Early College High School Leadership Team Members.

 ECHS Admin Team

(Left to Right): David Pratt, Marisa Peña, Tina L. Gorena, Maria A. Barrera, and David Canseco.

Tina L. Gorena 

Mrs. Gorena has been in the district for 27 years where she has served as a high school Biology teacher, high school counselor, middle school Dean of Instruction, and now as the ECHS Principal.  She is extremely proud of being a part of the leadership team that was responsible for opening the doors to the ECHS in 2014.  Mrs. Gorena is a 1986 graduate of Rio Grande City High School and a 1991 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Biology.  Mrs. Gorena earned a Masters in Counseling and her Principal Certification from the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg.  

Maria A. Barrera 

Ms. Maria Alberta Barrera is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She has a Masters of Arts in History from the University of Texas-Pan American (now UTRGV) and a Masters of Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University. Ms. Barrera was a Social Studies teacher for the past six years. She will serve as our Assistant Principal for the 2018-2019 academic year and will focus on student safety and discipline. She hopes to inspire students to become lifelong learners. 

Marisa Peña 

Ms. Peña has been with RGCCISD for nine years. She served as a mathematics teacher at the secondary level for seven years and is currently the Dean of Instruction at the Preparatory for Early College High School. Ms. Peña earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and her teacher certification from the University of Texas Pan-American and her Master of Educational Leadership with Principal Certification as well as master coursework in mathematics at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Ms. Peña received the honors of being awarded Teacher of the Year at Grulla High School and also at the Preparatory for Early College HS as well as District Teacher of the Year. Ms. Peña’s has served on the ECHS campus leadership team since the ECHS was founded in 2014 and believes that “All students can accomplish their dreams, we just need to teach them, guide them, and show them that through hard work, perseverance, and dedication everything is possible.”

David Pratt

David Pratt is the High School Counselor.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Bethany College in West Virginia, a teaching certificate through the University of Texas-Pan American, and his Master’s Degree through the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  This year marks the beginning of his 21st year of serving students in the Rio Grande City School District.  His future plans consist of taking the National Certification Exam for Counselor’s and obtaining a license.  He approaches all things with an open heart and an open mind and tries to always keep his eyes on the prize, which is the success of the students.  

David Canseco 

Mr. David Canseco is a graduate of Texas A&M International University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing. Through experience in project development, strategic planning and implementation of events and recruitment activities he hopes to contribute to our organization's objectives, initiatives, and culture. He will serve as our College and Career Advisor for the 2018-2019 Academic Year and believes continuous learning is the most basic building block of life. He hopes to empower students to thrive in an ever-changing world.



Below you can find the Leadership Team’s Meeting Agendas and Minutes. As well as the School Board and Board of Regents’ Presentation.