Corpus Christi ISD announced Monday two campus administrators were selected as the 2021-2022 Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Region 2 Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year.
The TASSP is an association established in 1923 formed by, and for, over 5,600 campus level administrators. Its purpose is to build an active network of educators that want to take responsibility for the quality of school leadership.
Anna Fuentes, Haas Middle School principal, and Barbara Brinkman, the assistant principal of Cunningham Middle School at South Park, were the two recognized by the organization. Both said they are humbled for being selected.
“It’s nice to be acknowledged, but I share this with all the dedicated teachers and students who worked hard to make our schools successful,” Fuentes said.
Fuentes has been with CCISD for 30 years and an administrator for 17 years. She said she had the honor to teach at her former elementary school, Central Park, which is now Gloria Hicks, and become a principal at her former middle school, South Park.
“All of my schools I’ve been at have been improvement required campuses, and I have been successful in turning them around,” Fuentes said. “Working with the staff and students, we set goals and work hard to achieve those goals.”
Brinkman said she has been with CCISD for 24 years and spent her entire career with Cunningham Middle School. She said the recognition is validation for what she’s been doing all these years.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized by my peers and supervisor,” Brinkman said. “I don’t think I do anything spectacular, but it’s nice to be recognized.”
Brinkman said she’s a hard worker and does good things for her campus, but every other assistant principal in the district does the same thing. She said she believes everyone is deserving of this recognition.
“I don’t think I do anything that other assistant principals don’t do,” Brinkman said. “I guess whoever nominated me saw that little extra in me that needed to be recognized.”
The administrators will be honored in June 2022 at the TASSP Summer Workshop.
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