By: Special to The Laredo Sun
Starting life in a new country was very difficult at the beginning, but her parents instilled important values.
She graduated with honors from J. W. Nixon High School in 1990 and in 1993, she completed an Associate’s Degree in Secondary Education at Laredo Junior College.
At that point in her life, feeling she would be of more benefit to the community if she could service recent immigrant children at the elementary level, Higareda decided to change her major from Secondary Education-Spanish to Elementary-Bilingual.
She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree with a Major in Bilingual Education from Texas A&M International University in 1995.
Upon completion of that degree, she was hired by UISD as a fourth grade bilingual teacher at Juarez-Lincoln Elementary.
Inspired by her students in Rio Bravo and the desire she had to provide a solid bilingual education foundation for her students, she continued her studies.
She pursued and completed a Master of Science in Education with a Major in Bilingual Education and a Minor in Psychology from Texas A&M International University in 1999.
That same year she transferred to J.B.J. Muller Elementary where she worked as a fifth grade bilingual teacher.
In 2002, feeling the urge to impact a wider range of children, she joined the UISD Area One Team where she served as a Reading and Bilingual Specialist.
Higareda recognized and treasured the experiences while working with the teachers serviced by Area One who ultimately led her to pursue higher education.
Higareda decided to return to the classroom and joined the Rodolfo C. Centeno Elementary as the fifth grade pathfinder while she pursued and completed a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Educational Administration.
Higareda is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Education degree program in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Bi-literacy that is offered in collaboration from Texas A&M International University and Texas A&M College Station.
She has proudly serviced UISD students at Clark Elementary as the assistant principal for the last three years and will continue to commit herself to her students and the Clark Elementary School community as the principal of the school.
She has been employed at UISD for 18 years.
Edited by: C.R.