I have 27 years in education. My experience includes being a special education teacher, an elementary Counselor, a Special Education Coordinator, Academic Dean, and Assistant Principal. I am the new Principal at Nimitz Middle School. I am so honored to be a Nimitz SeaHawk and am looking forward to an exciting and productive school year!
It is a privilege to serve such a great community of learners! With 19 years of educational experience, this is my first year as Director of STEM. For the past three years, I was Principal of Roan Forest Elementary School. I have also worked as an Assistant Principal and Academic Dean of Instruction at various NEISD middle school campuses. Prior to administration, I was a math teacher at the high school and middle school levels in the Schertz, Judson and NEISD school districts. With PreK-12 experience, I know the continuum of educational services and approaches necessary to promote academic success for students. I look forward to working with our families and faculty to promote the educational achievement of our STEM students.
Mrs. Lafuente-Garza received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology in 1995 from University of Texas at San Antonio. She also holds a Masters in Education Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio (2005). She has taught Texas History, World History, World Geography, Health and Physical Education. She has also coached volleyball, basketball, track and tennis. Mrs. Lafuente-Garza has worked here at Nimitz for the past 3 years as an Assistant Prinicipal.
Mr. Sickel received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2001 from Baker University. He holds a Masters in Education Administration from Texas A&M Kingsville. During his career he has taught History, grades 6th, 7th, and 8th, and Science, grades 6th and 8th. He also has High School and Middle School coaching experience in baseball, basketball, football and track. Before coming to Nimitz he was an Assistant Principal at Seguin High School.
I graduated from North Texas State University in Denton with my Bachelor in Education, and then followed with my Masters in Educational Administration from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. I taught Bilingual and ESL, Speech Therapy, Elementary and Secondary education. I have also worked in curriculum, instruction and campus administration. Since 2003, I have had the privilege to be a member of our proud Nimitz family and consider it an honor to join in celebrating our fighting Seahawks.
This is my first year at Nimitz and I am very excited to work with the administration, teachers, and their families to help ensure the success of our wonderful students. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I received my Bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego , a graduate fellowship at California State University, Sacramento, my masters from California State University, Los Angeles, and a program in College Counseling from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).