Victoria I.S.D. board of trustees names new principals for 2022-23

Here is a look at the new principals

VICTORIA, Texas – On Thursday, the Victoria I.S.D. board of trustees appointed the following individuals as new principals:

  • Tonya Patterson, Ed.D as the principal of Victoria West High School,
  • Denise Moreno as the principal for Stroman STEM Academy,
  • Yasmina St. Jean as the principal of Crain Elementary and
  • Mandi Prichard as the principal of Mission Valley Elementary.

Tonya Patterson

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Patterson has over 15 years of educational experience. She spent the last eight years with Alvin I.S.D., most recently serving as the Principal of Rodeo Palms Junior High School.

Patterson has a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences, double Master of Science in Biological and Environmental Sciences: Chemistry and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, respectively. Her primary duties will include directing and managing instruction programs and supervising operations at a campus level. She will also provide leadership to ensure high standards of instructional service by overseeing compliance with district policies, the success of instructional programs and operating all campus activities.

Denise Morena

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Denise Morena returns to Victoria I.S.D. with two decades of educational experiences. She most recently worked as the principal of Falfurrias Junior High School. She previously worked for V.I.S.D. as the principal of Patti Welder Middle School and Shields Elementary.

Morena has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston-Victoria, respectively.

Yasmina St. Jean

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Yasmina St. Jean has over a decade of educational experience. All her years of experience occurred in V.I.S.D. after starting her career in teaching at Shields Elementary. Most recently, St. Jean served as the Assistant Principal of Vickers Elementary. She served in that position for the last four years.

St. Jean has a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria, respectively. She earned the Region 3 Assistant Principal of the Year Award for the 2020-21 school year. She also earned the TEPSA President-Elect for the 2021-22 school year.

Mandi Prichard

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Mandi Prichard most recently served as the Assistant Principal of Shields Elementary and previously F.W. Gross Elementary. She has over 12 years of educational experience. She spent most of those years working for Victoria I.S.D.

Prichard has a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University and  a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.

The Victoria I.S.D. provided the above information and photos.