Belinda Vasquez

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Elementary School Principal, Lockhart ISD

Educational Leadership & Policy

Belinda Vasquez is a servant leader with a passion for educating students and staff in social-emotional practices. She is an advocate for ensuring all students receive a high-quality education while removing barriers to promote growth and success. As a bilingual elementary principal in Lockhart ISD, Vasquez has led work in supporting teachers, growing teachers, serving as a mentor for first-year principals, and playing an integral part in the district leadership team. Her commitment to the students and staff in Lockhart ISD is contagious. During her first year in leadership at Lockhart ISD, Vasquez demonstrated solid and effective leadership on the campus that benefitted both students and staff at the middle school. During this time, she implemented and trained staff on CHAMPS: Positive and Proactive Approach to Classroom Management, providing teachers with additional skills to ensure a better learning environment for students.

Additionally, Vasquez implemented a discipline matrix for the campus of 1500 students and a PBIS program with great success. Within the first year of administration, discipline referrals decreased by 82 percent. Vasquez was selected as the Bluebonnet Elementary principal in 2017, where she led the turnaround work to become an acceptably rated school. After the COVID interruption, Mrs. Vasquez and her campus team led the school to earn a B (69 to 87) rating by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) with a distinction in academic growth. Vasquez has served as a team member in the RaiseUp Texas Initiative, E3 alliance collaborative, and most recently is a graduate of the campus leadership program with the Holdsworth Center. Vasquez is a published author of “Bringing social-emotional learning to an IR campus” (Tepsa News, 2020 volume 7) and “Here’s why this principal started a school turnaround with SEL.” (eSchool News, February 2020).

Vasquez was born and raised in San Marcos, Texas, and is a first-generation college graduate from Texas State University. She is continuing her education and pursuing her Doctoral Degree in Education Leadership from The University of Texas at Austin Cooperative Superintendent Program.