School Leadership & Staff

Our Leadership

Principal: Lupita Narvaez

Lupita Narvaez was recently the Associate Principal of Lockhart High School in the Lockhart Independent School District. She previously served as the Director of Bilingual & Federal Programs in Georgetown ISD, prior to that she was an Administrative Supervisor of Compliance for the Multilingual Education Team in Austin ISD. Ms. Narvaez earned a Bachelor of Arts at Angelo State University and Masters of Educational Administration from Texas State University. Ms. Narvaez is student-centered and action-oriented. She passionately believes that all students can and will learn. Ms. Narvaez has a proven track record as a relational, servant leader who is collaborative and has an open-door policy. She believes in a team approach to leadership and is a strong proponent of building trust and community by using clear, consistent expectations and communication, as well as through welcoming parents and community to be an integral part of the school.

Assistant Principal, 11th & 12th: Luzvic Backstrom

Luzvic Backstrom is beyond thrilled to be a part of the Stars family. She is from Valencia, Venezuela and came to the United States in 2007 to learn English and go to school. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She comes from a rich background in music, management, and community building. She began her career in Hattiesburg, Mississippi before moving to Texas. Luzvic was an orchestra director at LBJ Early College and LASA High schools and has over 9 years of classroom experience. Luzvic pursued a Master’s degree at the University of Texas at Arlington in School Administration and became a National Board Certified teacher while teaching at LBJ ECHS and LASA HS. Luzvic served many leadership roles and considers herself a life-long learner. She is passionate about community building and making strong connections between the families and the school. She has been a TMEA region chair for orchestras, mentor for National Board teachers and new teachers to the district, and a curriculum writer among other roles. Her favorite hobbies are watching Netflix with her husband, and playing games with her baby Melinda and her 19-pound calico cat named “Kitty”.

Assistant Principal, 8th, 9th & 10th: Christina Almaraz Ortiz

Christina Almaraz Ortiz has spent the last 24 years serving school communities. Born and raised in San Antonio, her educational pathway began with San Antonio ISD, where she served as a math and Spanish teacher. She earned her master’s degree and began her administrative career with Austin ISD. After serving the International High School, the Early College program, and a single-gender environment, she brings in a sense of community, service, and progress. She values education and the many opportunities it provides individuals, families, and communities. Therefore, her values align with the mission of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. She is ready to support our STARS and families through their educational journey. Christina is married to her fun-loving husband and they have one daughter, who currently is working and attending college. They spend quality time with family, friends, and their fur baby, Ripley.

2022-2023 Faculty & Staff Contacts

LAST NAME FIRST NAME JOB TITLE EMAIL WORKPHONE
Aguilar Linda Middle School Band Director linda.aguilar@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Anderson Mara Parent Support Specialist mara.anderson@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236 ext. 53001
Backstrom Luzvic Assistant Principal: 11th & 12th luzvic.backstrom@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Blackburn Donna STEM donna.blackburn@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Brown Meg Physical Education, Chair meg.brown@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Cervantes Kassandra Physical Education kassandra.cervantes@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Coghill Shelby Delta/Yearbook shelby.coghill@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Connell Oren Maker Technology Coach/Engineering oren.connell@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Dean Margaret English margaret.dean@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
DiCuffa Jill Director of Programs jill.dicuffa@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236 ext. 53013
Eakin Abby French, LOTE Chair abby.eakin@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Fitzgerald Amanda Science amanda.fitzgerald@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Garcia Lisa Secretary lisa.garcia@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236 ext. 53015
Heineman Eric College Advisor eric.heineman@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236 ext.53017
House Jacob Social Studies jacob.house@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Howk Jane 9th-10th Counselor jane.howk@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236 ext. 53020
Jackson Jennifer Math jennifer.j.jackson@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Jenkins Sierra Physical Education sierra.jenkins@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Josephson Ana STEM ana.josephson@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Kizer Adrienne Science, Chair adrienne.kizer@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Langford Andrew Biomedical/Chemistry/Biology, Science Chair andrew.langford@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Langley Jamie English, ELAR Chair jamie.langley@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Limón Barbara Attendance/Subs/PEIMS barbara.limon@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236 ext. 53027
Marino Albert Math albert.marino@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Martínez Rivera Maria Registrar/College Center maria.martinezrivera@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236 ext. 53033
Mayo Carey Librarian Assistant carey.mayo@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236 ext. 53035
Molina Virginia Head Custodian virginia.molina@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Neal Kelly English kelly.neal@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Ortiz Christina Assistant Principal: 8th – 10th christina.almarazortiz@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Peralta Beatrice Bookkeeper beatrice.peralta@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Ramírez Jennifer Special Education/Teacher Assistant jennifer.fabilaramirez@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Ramírez Juan Social Studies juan.ramirez@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Roberts Doy Dance doy.roberts@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Roy Sharon STARS Chair sharon.roy@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Rutz Christena Lead Counselor – 6th-8th christena.rutz@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236 ext. 53043
Salem-Zafiro Regina Spanish regina.salemromo@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Sandberg-Thakrar Tami Social Studies tami.sandberg-thakrar@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Sanders Denise Chemistry/Biomedical denise.sanders@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Smith Matt Art/Engineering matt.smith@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Soden Roger Media, CTE Chair roger.soden@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Tijerina Alejandro Orchestra Director alejandro.tijerina@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Udy Gwyneth Math gwyneth.udy@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Vásquez Yvette Choir/Piano yvette.vasquez@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Walker Sarah English/Journalism sarah.v.walker@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Warner Carey STARS carey.warner@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Welser Brianne Social Studies, Chair brianne.welser@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
White Kris Athletic Trainer kristine.white@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Wien Nancy Math nancy.wien@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236
Willie Danielle English danielle.willie@austinisd.org (512) 414-3236

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