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Mission High School welcomes new principal

20131219 MHS-Principal IMG 0003MISSION—Mission High School welcomed new principal Edilberto Flores in November 2013. The principal is on his 21st year with Mission CISD and said he hopes not only to meet academic goals, but also create a welcoming environment for parents, staff and students.

Flores has spent time at Mission Junior High, Alton Memorial Junior High, Midkiff Elementary, K.White Junior High and worked at the district’s administration building. The principal said he has decided to take advantage of a unique opportunity to work as a principal again.

“I enjoyed the central office life, I learned a lot about budgeting and state and federal compliances,” Flores said. “But I missed being around kids and teachers … I missed the school, the environment and meeting to plan out curriculum.”

The principal graduated from PSJA ISD and earned his bachelor’s in sociology and master’s degree in education at the University of Texas Pan-American.

After spending a few years as a principal at the junior high level, Flores admits he has a few things to learn but hopes to apply the knowledge he has gained over the last 20 years.

“I might not have been a high school principal, and I’m going to learn a lot of the intricacies…but I know what good instruction is,” Flores said. “I know what curriculum is and I know what students need. That’s what we hope to bring into the school and hope that we can radiate that.”

The principal said there is a different need for the community at MHS, and he hopes to focus more on the English Language Learners and Special Education population. He added he has plans to explore alternative methods of instruction to inspire the population to do better.

“There are several goals I’d like to meet. We need to improve attendance and our students’ overall outlook in terms of the importance of academics and excellence,” Flores said.

Through honest hard work and dedication, Flores plans to lead the campus through example. Professionalism and sincerity are topics discussed with staff as well as an open door policy.

Flores said the campus is a diamond in the rough; many treasures and potential have yet to be uncovered.

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