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New Principals at MCHS and STEM ECHS

Harlandale ISD Announces Two New Principals for MHS and STEM ECHS for the 2020-2021 School Year

SAN ANTONIO – June 16, 2020 – Harlandale ISD welcomes new principals at STEM Early College and McCollum High School. 

The new leaders have an extensive background in education and have proven their educational priorities and goals align with the district’s mission to educate and empower youth.

“We welcome our two new principals and know that they will excel in their new role by making our students' education and future their priority,” Harlandale ISD Superintendent Gerardo Soto said. “We know how important having a good leader at our campuses is and we have selected the best candidates for these positions.”

Millicent Katherine Marcha will serve as the new principal for S.T.E.M. Early College High School for the 2020-2021 school year. Marcha has over 15 years of experience in education where she has served in various roles including science teacher, Academic Dean, and most recently as vice principal for Academics at Central Catholic High School. Marcha holds a baccalaureate degree in Biology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Science from the University of the Incarnate Word, a master’s degree in Education in School Leadership from Trinity University, and most acquired a Superintendent Certification from Texas A&M University- San Antonio.

Marcha is excited about her new role and becoming part of the Harlandale ISD family. “I am excited at the opportunity to join a district rich in culture and community,” Marcha said. “As a new member of the Harlandale family, I pledge to work tirelessly for the students and their families as they take their very first steps into the world of higher learning. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to many years of service.”

Richard Marroquin has been named the new principal at McCollum High School for the 2020-2021 school year. Marroquin has been with Harlandale ISD since 2006 serving in various roles including, math teacher, academic coordinator, accelerated learning specialist, and most recently as principal for Harlandale Middle School. He is a McCollum Highschool alumni and holds a baccalaureate degree in Sociology from the University of Texas-San Antonio and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M-Kingsville.

“As a graduate of McCollum High School, I am excited to return to McCollum and be given the opportunity to lead the Cowboys. The students of Harlandale ISD can accomplish anything through hard work and determination,” Marroquin said. “I look forward to working with the MHS staff and students. I also look forward to giving our students every opportunity possible to achieve their dreams.”

Both leaders are eager to kick-off the 2020-2021 school year scheduled to begin Aug. 5. They will begin planning throughout the summer months and will have time to meet their new staff in the upcoming days.  

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