Pasadena ISD hires new intermediate principals

Pasadena ISD hires new intermediate principals
Posted on 04/26/2018
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(L to R): Cleveland Lee, Queens Intermediate Principal; Diane Phelan, San Jacinto Intermediate Pricipal; Mikie Escamilla, V.W. Miller Intermediate Principal.

By: Jade Wise
Pasadena ISD Communications

The PISD Board of Trustees recently approved the hiring of three new principals, Cleveland Lee, Diane Phelan and Mikie Escamilla, to lead Queens, San Jacinto and V.W. Miller Intermediate Schools, respectively. 

Lee, an assistant principal at Pasadena Memorial High school since 2012, will take over as principal of the Queens Intermediate next school year, following the retirement of current principal Troy Jones.

“I’m super excited about the opportunity to work with the students, staff and faculty at Queens,” said Lee. “My goal is to really build up the Queens family and put the campus on the map. We are Queens. We are all in.”

Roaring on to the scene for the Tigers of San Jacinto Intermediate, new principal Phelan will be replacing Dianna Walker, who is retiring at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. 

Phelan, who has served as principal of Keller Middle School since 2008, says she looks forward to making the transition.

“Tiger pride is something I have witnessed during my time as principal of Keller,” said Phelan. “I look forward to working with the San Jacinto family to continue making great gains academically and building strong connections with all stakeholders.”

At Miller, Escamilla looks to take the Falcons to new heights after being named the campus’s new principal for the remainder of the school year and beyond. 

Escamilla, an assistant principal at Miller since 2014, was named principal following a two month stint as interim principal when Vanessa Reyes left to take over as the principal of Sam Rayburn High School in February.

“I am extremely excited for this opportunity to continue working with the students, staff and parents of Miller Intermediate,” said Escamilla. “I want to to carry the torch forward with student successes, while maintaining the high standards established by Mrs. Reyes.”