Hello BRAVE Nation,


    My name is Herlinda Maritnez-Longoria, and I am very excited to introduce myself to you as your Principal at Columbia Heights Elementary.  Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, I enjoy fishing, traveling (although I don’t have a passport yet), and spending time with family.  I am excited to begin my 26th year in the Harlandale district. My career started in 1995 at Schulze Elementary where I taught for 13 years.  In 2008, I was selected to serve Gilbert Elementary, and the community, for 3 years as the Academic Coordinator, and in 2011, I  was honored and proud to be named Principal at Gilbert Elementary where I have spent the last 12 years.


    My family has always been a big part of the campuses that I have served, you will see them very involved with school and district events. I look forward to meeting and serving you all in my new home.  


    As you know we, as teachers, our students, and you, our community, are facing a very different normal as we plan our return in the Fall.  We will monitor the situation of COVID-19 and will implement, and reinforce measures that maintain the health and safety of our students, teachers, staff, and community within and around our building.  Updates to protocols and procedures will be immediately communicated to you to ensure student safety and building cleanliness. 


    It is with great pride that I look forward to the start of a new school year. As a campus, our goals are set very high for our students, both academically and in the area of behavioral responsibility. We are passionate in wanting our students to finish their elementary career and be academically prepared for any middle school program they wish to pursue, and with the self respect and behavioral standards that will lead them to success as they pursue their future educational, professional and personal goals. We will continue to emphasize student responsibility and accountability, and will not tolerate disruptive students, or bullying. The focus and hard work of our teachers and students and the support of our parents is greatly commended as we strive for success.


    When we return to our new normal, I encourage you to read the handbook so that you may become familiar with any changes in protocols and the responsibilities expected of the students at our school and our school policies. We have a number of goals at Columbia Heights Elementary School. Two at the top of the list include wanting every student to develop to his or her maximum potential and to be well prepared to enter middle school at the conclusion of the 5th grade year. In addition to academic skills, the student’s total development is important to us. We believe it is extremely important that our students learn responsible behavior, self-control and a positive outlook on life’s challenges. Learning information is no longer sufficient; students today must also learn thinking and decision making skills. To reach these goals, it is very important that the school and the parents work together.

    I sincerely believe that if the students, parents, faculty and staff all work together this will be a very successful year for our students. I am confident that this goal will indeed be achieved.

    As a new Columbia Heights Brave, I pledge to you….

    Good, better, best, never let it rest.  Before my good is better and my better is my best....

    I’m Yours in Education,

    Herlinda Martinez-Longoria