Welcome back! School Begins August 22, 2011
We hope you’ve had a restful summer. We are anxiously awaiting and preparing for our 2011-2012 school year.
Here is some important information regarding our campus:
Da Vinci Principal
Beginning this school year, Da Vinci welcomes a new Principal, Mrs. Brenda L. Samudio.
Mrs. Brenda L. Samudio received her degrees from Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi. She earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration, a Master of Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Second Language Acquisition, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education.
During her 27 years of educational experience, Mrs. Samudio worked
eight years teaching English/Language Arts, English as a Second Language, Spanish, Art, and Texas History in the Corpus Christi Independent School District. She then served the Robstown Independent School District’s community for fifteen years: eight years as Assistant Principal and seven years as Principal. Before joining our District, Ms. Samudio worked for the Hawaii Department of
Education teaching PK-6 ELL and general 6th grade studies. After moving to El Paso, Mrs. Samudio was an avid volunteer for her neighborhood elementary school. There, she tutored Kindergarten pre- literacy skills. She also taught high school science at the North East Christian Academy.
Mrs. Samudio is committed to every child achieving excellence knowing that excellence is the standard expectation for faculty and students. She is honored to call the Da Vinci campus home.
Da Vinci is also happy to welcome Mr. Arturo Valdespino who will be working as the school’s Instructional Coach.
Mr. Arturo Valdespino received his B.A and M.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso in English and American Literature. He is currently completing his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in English Education.
Mr. Valdespino has spent the past ten years teaching at both the secondary and university levels. From 2001-2005 he served as a high school English teacher at Bel Air High School. Most recently, he taught Freshman Composition courses at Arizona State University and South Mountain Community College.
Having just relocated back to El Paso, Mr. Valdespino is looking forward to working with every member of the Burnham Wood community and contributing to the educational excellence of all District students.