CSP Cycle 31 – Admitted Summer 2020

Students are admitted annually in cycles to the Cooperative Superintendency Program (CSP). Below are profiles representing CSP Cycle 31, the 31st group of CSP Fellows with the College of Education.


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Katrina Bailey

Katrina Bailey

Current Role: Director of School Leadership

Research Area: educational equity, instructional leadership, closing opportunity gaps

Bio: Katrina Bailey has been an educator for 18 years. She is an Austin native, and currently serves as the director of school leadership for the Austin Independent School District (AISD). In this role, she works directly with the chief of schools in the Office of School Leadership to support campus and district administrators to implement district initiatives and the AISD Strategic Plan.

Before her role at AISD, Bailey served the Round Rock Independent School District as a principal, assistant principal and academic dean for 13 years. In addition to her role as a campus and district leader, she was a classroom teacher for five years.

Bailey's experiences have strengthened her capacity to build a culture of learning, coaching, support and transparency to produce high academic outcomes for every student. She is passionate about closing the opportunity gap for all students. She is quoted as saying, "When we get it right, all students benefit. When we get it wrong, all students suffer." Bailey genuinely believes that all students can and will perform at high levels with high academic expectations, instructional supports and engagement. As a campus and district leader, Bailey has demonstrated a servant leader’s mindset in her beliefs and practices. She believes that the best way to serve students is to support the teachers, campus administrators, and educators working most closely with them. 

Bailey has a bachelor's degree in education from Huston-Tillotson University and a master's degree in education administration from Texas State University.  


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Sandra Barrios-Rojas

Sandra Barrios-Rojas

Current Role: Principal

Research Area: principal burnout

Bio: As a first-generation Mexican American born to immigrant parents, Sandra Barrios-Rojas views education as a calling. She taught for ten years before becoming an administrator in 2014. Currently, Barrios-Rojas, a master principal in Dallas ISD, serves Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary which is located in the center of a refugee and immigrant community in Dallas ISD. The school, which is also a Title I school, has a diverse student population with students from 50 countries. She led Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary through the district's process to become recognized as a Personalized Learning School through the Office of Transformation and Innovation. In 2019 the school was awarded a National Blue Ribbon for closing academic achievement gaps.  

Additionally, Barrios-Rojas has been nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education as one of 10 recipients of the 2019 National Terrell H. Bell Award for Outstanding Leadership.  Barrios-Rojas has been a public speaker on topics ranging from educational equity, to how to effectively manage schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Michael Bland

Michael Bland

Current Role: Executive Director of Innovation

Research Area: program evaluation; school improvement; leadership 

Bio: Bland is currently the executive director of innovation for Garland ISD. In 2006, he began his career in education teaching 8th grade social studies at Lyles Middle School in Garland ISD. He taught at Lyles for seven years before moving on to start his administrative career in 2013.  

Bland served two years as an assistant principal at Sachse High School. From there, he served as principal at Coyle Middle School, also in Garland ISD. After one year at Coyle, he was presented with an opportunity that he described as his dream job. In 2016, he became the second principal at the prestigious Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy in Dallas ISD. Bland and his team accomplished three goals for the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy. The campus was awarded the Blue Ribbon Award by the U.S. Department of Education, created and implemented an instructional framework aimed at increasing student achievement outcomes, and lastly, designed and relocated the campus to a new redesigned campus at an existing district high school because of an increase in enrollment.  

Bland then transitioned back to Garland ISD to establish the ACE program at Lyles Middle School. He is most proud of the work he and his team accomplished at Lyles Middle School. Under his leadership, Lyles MS moved from a projected “F” rating to a “B” rating with four distinctions after the first year of the ACE program. He now serves as the executive director of innovation where he and his team will partner with TEA’s Systems of Great Schools to develop districtwide systems of support that will provide high quality best fit school options for Garland ISD families.  


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Garet Feimster

Garet Feimster

Current Role: Principal

Research Area: principal burnout

Bio: Garet Feimster is a Dallas, Texas native and product of the Dallas public school system. An educator for 17 years, Feimster has served as the principal of the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet (Law Magnet) since 2016. He has previously served as a teacher, coach and assistant principal.

During Feimster’s tenure, the Law Magnet has risen to national prominence. The Law Magnet currently ranks 59th in the top high schools in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report and 41st by the Jay Mathews (Washington Post) Challenge Index. One hundred percent of Law Magnet students graduate on time, 91 percent enroll in post-secondary studies and 70 percent graduate from college. The Law Magnet Class of 2021 earned $21.9 million in scholarships with an average senior award of $223 thousand per student. The U.S. Department of Education designated the Law Magnet as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2019 based on overall academic excellence. That same year, Feimster was named a Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding Leadership finalist by the U.S. Department of Education.

Feimster received his bachelor's degree in history from Southern Methodist University and a master's degree in educational leadership and policy from The University of Texas at Arlington.


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Amy Gonzales

Amy Gonzales

Current Role: Principal

Research Area: leadership through times of crisis

Bio: Amy Gonzales is currently the principal at Nan Clayton Elementary in Austin ISD. She is in her 18th year with the district. She served as an assistant principal for three years and is serving as the campus principal for her sixth year.   

Prior to administration, Gonzales was a classroom teacher for nine years and taught kindergarten, 1st grade and 4th grade. She has presented multiple times for Austin ISD events such as the Social Emotional Learning Symposium and the AISD Assistant Principal Conference. She has also presented at the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) Summer Conference in 2018, 2019 and 2021. She was featured on the "Principals of Success" podcast in 2021.  

Gonzales received her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and her master's degree in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin. Gonzales has four children and a loving and supportive husband, who is also an educator. During her free time, she enjoys being with her family, reading a good book and practicing self-care. Gonzales is a firm believer in the power of positivity!   


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Luis Hinojosa

Luis Hinojosa

Current Role: Deputy Superintendent/Chief Financial Officer    

Research Area: education administration    

Bio: Luis Hinojosa is the deputy superintendent and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Cityscape Schools, and is responsible for their financial wellbeing and operational effectiveness. He has also served as the financial controller at KIPP San Antonio and Somerset ISD. Prior to his career in education, Hinojosa held leadership positions in public accounting and investment banking with a specialization in corporate mergers and acquisitions and technical valuation.

In 2012, Hinojosa completed his two-year service in the United States Peace Corps having served as an entrepreneurship teacher in urban and rural Nicaragua. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Science in business administration, with honors, from the University of Missouri. Hinojosa is a certified fraud examiner through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and a certified internal auditor through the Institute of Internal Auditors. 


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Diana Nunez

Diana Nunez

Current Role: Executive Director    

Research Area: principal burnout    

Bio: Diana Nunez has served Dallas ISD students for 22 years as a teacher, an administrator in the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and most recently, as executive director. Nunez believes education and access are the great equalizers and that college success is a pathway to social and economic mobility.  

Due to her leadership and focus on improving schools, Nunez has been named master principal four times, a distinction awarded to top-performing principals demonstrating success with metrics such as school culture and climate and overall student growth. She served on the Superintendent Principal Group and was a principal of the year finalist. She believes teachers are key to student growth and is dedicated to creating nurturing systems and environments of support. 

Nunez received her Bachelor of Science from University of North Texas, Master of Bilingual Education from Southern Methodist University, Master of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from The University of Texas at Dallas and superintendent certification from The University of Texas at Arlington.

As the second of seven children, Nunez is very proud that although her parents were immigrants and had an elementary education, all seven siblings are university graduates. She was born in Mexico and completed up to third grade there, then started fourth grade in the United States. Through her example as a second language learner, she wants to show students that it is possible to rise above challenges.


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Tanya Ramos

Tanya Ramos

Current Role: Director of Human Resources 

Research Area: incentive pay programs and their impact on teacher retention 

Bio: Tanya Ramos began her career as an elementary teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, located in Southern California. She has also been a special education teacher and bilingual teacher in Socorro ISD and Frisco ISD before entering administration as an assistant principal in Frisco. She went on to be the principal of Taylor Elementary for 8 years in the same district prior to joining Garland ISD in 2014 as the director of human resources for the elementary campuses.

Ramos received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master's degree from The University of Texas at El Paso and her administration certification from New Mexico State University. She is currently in the District Leadership Program at the Holdworth Center, a nonprofit organization focused on developing public school leaders. 


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Ida Perales

Ida Resendez-Perales

Current Role: Executive Director of Leadership    

Research Area: student achievement gap    

Bio: Ida Resendez-Perales began her educational career teaching in 2001 and has since experienced leading at different levels in an educational organization. She currently works as an executive director of leadership in the Garland Independent School District, where she guides middle school principals in establishing and refining systems to ensure efforts are aligned with student success. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in chemistry and a master's degree in instruction and curriculum from The University of Texas at El Paso.


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Fernando Reyes

Fernando Reyes

Current Role: Principal

Research Area: transformational leadership theory    

Bio: Fernando Reyes is currently serving as principal of Harlingen High School South in the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District. As an administrator with 17 years of educational experience, Reyes is known for instilling passion and a relentless pursuit for educational equity and excellence. Reyes' previous educational roles include dean of instruction at James Pace Early College High School and assistant principal at James Pace High School and Faulk Middle School in the Brownsville Independent School District. He has also served as a high school physics and mathematics teacher at Simon Rivera High School in Brownsville, Texas.  

Reyes is involved with and is a member of Raise Your Hand Texas for Public Education and the Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Education. He holds a Master's of Education in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in science from The University of Texas at Brownsville and a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering with a minor in mathematics from Texas A&M University in College Station. His interests include increasing parental involvement in their children's education and educating the community about the importance and opportunities brought about through public schools in Texas.


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Gaye Rosser

Gaye Rosser

Current Role: Principal

Research Area: A superintendent's response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Bio: Gaye Rosser is in her 22nd year in education with Hutto ISD. Her teaching career began in Hutto as a 7th-grade language arts teacher at Hutto Middle School (HMS). During her years at HMS, she was fortunate to serve in several leadership roles as team lead, department chair and instructional coach. These roles all helped Rosser realize she enjoyed making an impact outside of the classroom on a larger scale. Not long after that realization, she was accepted into the Principalship Program at The University of Texas at Austin.

Rosser's administrative career began with an assistant principal job at HMS. She currently serves as the principal at Hutto Elementary School, where she has been the last seven years. She loves her campus and is grateful for her role as a campus principal where she is able to foster strong relationships with students and staff, ensure academic success, and develop and coach teachers. She is a proud member of the Cooperating Superintendency Program and is honored to learn from the esteemed professors alongside amazing leaders with a true commitment to the field and to the communities and students we serve.


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Alejos Salazar

Alejos Salazar

Current Role: Superintendent

Research Area: school leadership, campus climate, and teacher morale

Bio: Alejos Salazar began his career in education in 1993 at South Texas ISD, in Mercedes, Texas as a special education paraprofessional and bus driver. He attended classes in the evening until he earned his bachelor's degree in government from The University of Texas at Brownsville in 1999. In the Spring of 2000, he took a position as a permanent substitute teacher at Santa Maria ISD and began working towards his teaching certificate through an alternative certification program. In 2004 he earned his Master of Education degree in educational administration from The University of Texas Pan American and shortly thereafter began his career as a school administrator. Salazar went on to pursue his superintendent certification from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, earning his superintendent certificate in 2019.

While Salazar currently serves as a superintendent, he has served as a school principal, an assistant principal, a teacher, a coach and as previously mentioned as a paraprofessional, and a bus driver. Through the various phases of his career, Salazar has gained an array of experiences and knowledge that he utilizes to better serve his school community.