Lesley Kelley, Principal
With 18 years of experience as an educator in Irving ISD, Kelley came onboard in 1999 as a special education teacher at Austin Middle School. After seven years in the classroom, Kelley was appointed assistant principal of Crockett Middle School and later the Student Reassignment Center where she has served since 2015. As a campus administrator, she oversaw summer school, PEIMS data, professional development, campus behavior and testing.
Cardwell offers students the flexibility of a split schedule with the unique opportunity to choose a customized, career-focused academic program outside of a non-traditional high school setting. Kelley joins Cardwell in the momentum of another successful academic year as demonstrated by its seniors, who earned the highest dollar amount in scholarships and grants ever received by a graduating Cardwell class.
"I am honored to be selected as the new principal of Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center,” states Kelley. “I am excited to serve the students, parents and faculty."
Kelley holds a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in rehabilitation from UT Southwestern Medical Center – Allied Health Services. Before entering public education, she served adults with disabilities via in-home and community-living services through Dallas Metrocare and was also involved with Goodwill Industries and Texas Rehabilitation Commission.
Jennifer Sanchez, Ed.D., Assistant Principal
Jennifer Sanchez received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of North Texas, Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of Phoenix, and Educational Doctorate from Argosy University in 2017.
Sanchez received her elementary and secondary education from IISD, attending Thomas Haley Elementary, Sam Houston Middle School, and MacArthur High School. Coming to work for IISD was like returning home after working for Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (2 years) and Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD (9 years).
While working in IISD, Dr. Sanchez served as Dean of Students at the Student Reassignment Center for 2 years before moving to Cardwell as assistant principal. She is very excited about taking this next step in her career and having the ability to work with students to accomplish their graduation goals.
Sam Hernandez, Assistant Principal
Mr. Hernandez began his teaching career in 2013 in Dallas ISD as a high school science teacher at Moises E. Molina High School. He has worked in four educational capacities: teaching, dean of students, attendance administrator and assistant principal. Within these fields, he has had the opportunity to serve with parents, connect with students and improve the instructional capacity of teachers. He also served as curriculum and test writer for DISD before pursuing a leadership role in Irving ISD.
Mr. Hernandez is committed to building strong community ties and serving students to make them college, career and life ready. Mr. Hernandez holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University.
It is an honor for Mr. Hernandez to be part of Barbara Cardwell Career Prep as an Assistant Principal. He has much to offer in the way of leadership, creating collaboration opportunities and establishing ongoing, open communication.