Anabel Garza is the Principal of Reagan Early College High School. She has been selected as a Leader in Social Justice by the University of Texas and The Austin Human Resource Management Association. She was featured in a national article, “Tackling the Toughest Turnaround-Low-Performing High Schools in Phi Delta Kappan.” Selected as the Principal of the Year for AISD in 2011, she is the founding Principal of the District’s International High School, a now nationally recognized program for English Language Learners. The work done with first generation Immigrant students is detailed in the book “Care and Advocacy: Narratives from a School of Immigrant Youth.” Ms. Garza has served as Principal at Reagan High School since her appointment in 2008. Under her direction Reagan Early College High School has left behind a history of low performance and instability to open in 2011 as an Early College High School. The designation allows students to graduate with up to 60 college credit hours at no cost to the student. Most recently she was selected as the recipient of the Senator Kirk P. Watson Service Award for her work in education. Ms. Garza has earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a master's degree from Texas State University. Her work at Reagan High School was featured in the book, “Saving the School” by Michael Brick. Related articles have been featured in Texas Monthly, Latina Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Austin Woman’s Magazine, The Chronicle, The Washington Post and The New York Times.
Director of Academics
Alisia Longoria is currently an Academic Director at Reagan Early College High School in the Austin Independent School District. She has worked in education for the past ten years and loves working with students who teach her so much every day. She started her career in education as a 9th grade Science teacher at Austin's International High School. After 5 years in the classroom, she transitioned into administration where she works to help our Reagan students and community reach their highest potential. Alisia received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. After working in the public sector for a staffing agency hiring for a large computer company in Round Rock, she decided to make a career change. She went through the alternative certification program, Region 13. In 2014, she completed her masters in education administration from Concordia University. She loves working at a school, with students that make her smile everyday.
Jonathan Purser is currently an Assistant Principal at Reagan Early College High School in the Austin Independent School District. He is currently in his sixteenth year in education and second year at Reagan. He has served as either teacher or administrator at all levels, PK-12. He grew up in Georgetown, moved away to the Fort Worth area to pursue educational goals, and is happy to call central Texas his home once again. He earned Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He later earned Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from Tarleton State University. He believes in leading through small everyday actions and wrote his dissertation focusing on correlations between leadership behaviors and student achievement. He has a wide variety of interests and is always willing to lend a hand and help in any way necessary. He loves serving the wonderful community that is Reagan ECHS and is proud to be a Raider!
Kevin Garcia is currently an Assistant Principal at Reagan Early College High School in the Austin Independent School District. He has worked in education for the past nine years and primarily works with students in low social economic communities. He started his career in education as a 7th grade Mathematics teacher in Austin's deserving east side. After 5 years in the classroom, he transitioned into administration where he has worked since on creating system wide change that benefits teachers, families, and above all, students. Kevin received his B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. He returned shortly after to complete a post-baccalaureate teaching certification through the UTeach program. In 2012, he completed his masters in education administration from UT as well. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Cooperative Superintendency at UT. He loves being a Longhorn, an educator, and a Reagan Raider! Go Big Blue!
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School Improvement Facilitator
Kathren Hill is currently the School Improvement Facilitator at Reagan Early College High School in the Austin Independent School District. She is currently in her eighth year in education and at Reagan. She started her career in education as a 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Pearce Middle School housed at Reagan. She went on to be the Social Studies department chair and taught World Geography, US History and AP US History. After 5 years in the classroom, she transitioned into the leadership team where she works to help our Reagan students and community reach their highest potential. Kathren received her B.A. in History from Texas A&M University in 2006 and after working in higher education for several years she moved to Scotland to work on her Masters in Globalization at the University of Aberdeen. After graduating in 2010 she moved back to Texas and went through the alternative certification program through Texas Teachers. She is currently working on her Masters in Educational Administration from The University of Lamar and will be gradation in May of 2019. She loves sharing her love of history and working with the amazing students and staff at Reagan.