Manny Espino, who has served as an administrator in Irving ISD for nine years, is the Principal of Crockett Middle School.
“I am honored and humbled to serve the students, parents, teachers and staff as principal at Crockett Middle School,” says Espino. “I cannot wait to get to know all the incredible Crockett Cougars and continue the wonderful learning taking place. I am truly thankful to the Irving ISD leadership team for entrusting me with this amazing opportunity.”
Espino most recently served as Principal at Houston Middle School. He also served as Principal at Barton Elementary School, Assistant Principal at Austin Middle School, and Assistant Principal and Dean of Students at MacArthur High School. Before joining Team Irving, Espino worked in Garland ISD as an Elementary Bilingual, English/Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher.
Espino earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University - Commerce and a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Ms. Josey Benavidez, Dean of Students
Ms. Benavidez is excited to begin her 10th year in education! As a PROUD Irving High School graduate, she is excited to support the community, faculty, and staff of Crockett Middle School.Prior to retuning to Irving ISD, she previously served in Dallas ISD as a Special Education teacher and coach. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Lamar University and a Master’s degree from Liberty University.
Ms. Anna Brown, Principal Resident
Anna Brown has had the honor and joy of serving the students, staff, and community of Irving ISD for 7 years as a teacher and Intervention Specialist at Austin Middle School. She also served a year in Northwest ISD at V.R. Eaton High School. Most recently, Anna supported secondary campuses as a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist for RLA. Ms. Brown graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Technical Writing degree and is currently working toward a Master of Educational Leadership degree from Dallas Baptist University. This year she is excited to join the amazing team at Crockett Middle School as a Principal Resident and looks forward to learning and working with the Cougar students and staff.
Dr. Rick Garza, Assistant Principal
Dr. Rick Garza has been in education for over 25 years.
He started his educational career in Edinburg, Texas at Edinburg C.I.S.D. as a Special Education Campus Clerk. He also served as a dual credit Criminal Justice teacher at Georgetown ISD – Georgetown High School, a Middle School Assistant Principal at Elgin ISD – Elgin Middle School, a High School Assistant Principal at Hays CISD – Lehman High School, an Elementary Principal at Promesa Public Schools - East Austin College Prep Elementary. Before serving Crockett Middle School, he was an Assistant Principal at Bowie Middle School.
He earned his Bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Pan American (now known as UTRGV), he also attended Texas Tech University where he earned his Master's and Doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership.
Mrs. Jessica Jager, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Jager is excited to support the Crockett community, coming to Crockett with a background in teaching 5th and 6th grades. Prior to joining CMS, she worked as an Assistant Principal in another district. In addition, she previously served Irving ISD at Barton Elementary as a reading interventionist, dyslexia interventionist, Academic Specialist, and Assistant Principal. Mrs. Jager obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington.