Sam Bernal earned a Bachelor's degree in History from Texas State University. After teaching 3rd grade Bilingual at T.J. Lee and 5th grade Bilingual Science at Schulze, Mr. Bernal moved into administration. He earned his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from SMU. Prior to becoming Principal at Kinkeade, Mr. Bernal served as Assistant Principal at Brandenburg Elementary.
Mr. Bernal believes that Early Childhood education is the foundation to ensuring educational equity for all children. He is excited to work to ensure the students in his neighborhood receive the best education possible.
Patricia Payne began her career in education as a teacher at Kinkeade Early Childhood School. After 6 years teaching Pre-K, she moved to Schulze Elementary where she taught Kindergarten and 4th grade.
She received an undergraduate degree from Lamar University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas Dallas.
Mrs. Payne is excited to be back at Kinkeade, where her career began. She believes that Early Childhood Education is crucial, as it is the foundation for all learning. With students, parents, and staff, Mrs. Payne is excited to help our youngest students grow!