Brittany Phillips has worked in education for 14 years and was named principal of Lively Elementary in May of 2022.
This was bittersweet for her as she previously worked as an assistant principal at Lively from 2017-2021. From 2021-2022, she worked in Dallas ISD as an assistant principal at John Neely Bryan Elementary which resides in Oak Cliff where her family has strong ties. Although it was an incredible opportunity, returning to Irving ISD has been extremely fulfilling.
Prior to her serving as an AP in both Dallas ISD and Irving ISD, Ms. Phillips taught at Thomas Haley Elementary for 7 years and served as an academic specialist at Hanes Elementary for 1 year.
As the principal at Lively Elementary, Ms. Phillips hopes to re-establish the campus as a premiere elementary school in Irving ISD. The community surrounding Lively is well-established and many generations of families have made their way through the campus. We want to continue to support and educate our families for many years to come.
“As a student, I know the impact that school had in my life. I was very fortunate to come across educators who believed in me beyond the classroom. My goal is to support my staff in being the same beacons of hope for our Eagles.” says Phillips.
Ms. Phillips earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Texas in the area of Interdisciplinary Studies (EC-4). She obtained her Master’s degree from Southern Methodist University in the area of Educational Administration with a specialization in Urban Leadership.
Lydia Saldana, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Saldana is honored and excited to serve Lively Elementary as Assistant Principal. Entering her 18th year in education, she has previously served as Academic Specialist and Instructional Technology Specialist at Townsell Elementary and bilingual teacher in various grade levels at Gilbert Elementary. Prior to joining Irving ISD, Mrs. Saldana served as a bilingual teacher in Dallas ISD for 9 years.
As a recent graduate of SMU and Teaching Trust’s Aspiring Leaders Program, Mrs. Saldana embraces the need to build strong and meaningful relationships with all students, teachers and parents. In her spare time, Mrs. Saldana enjoys traveling with her husband, playing with their dogs, reading and rooting for her favorite home teams in various sports.
Mrs. Saldana looks forward to a great 2020-2021 school year! Go Lively Eagles!
Romelia Cubero-Magana, Assistant Principal
Romelia Cubero-Magaña is soaring with joy to serve Lively Elementary as Assistant Principal. She is an Irving ISD graduate, and this is her 16th year in education. As an educator, she has taught numerous grade levels, was the K-2 Literacy Specialist at Stipes Elementary, and the Academic Specialist at Lee Elementary. She was also part of Irving ISD’s 2019-2020 LEAP Cohort and has the heart of a servant leader.
Mrs. Cubero-Magaña is a passionate educator with a strong commitment to the development, social, and academic growth of all students and believes in nurturing the heart and inspiring the mind of every child, every day.
Mrs. Cubero-Magaña looks forward to establishing trust and building relationships with Lively Eagles’ families and community members. She is honored and blessed to be a Lively Eagle!