Bound for the bay area: Alarcon named lone finalist for Point Isabel superintendent
PORT ISABEL — Teri Alarcon, a longtime Brownsville educator, has been named the lone finalist to become the superintendent of the Point Isabel Independent School District in Port Isabel.
She is a former principal at Hanna Early College High School and has been area assistant superintendent for all BISD high schools since 2014.
In all, Alarcon has been a teacher, principal, and school and central office administrator with the Brownsville Independent School District for her entire professional career, which spans 29 years.
The Point Isabel district made the announcement this past week. As per state law, the district must now wait 21 days before it can hire her, which would be Feb. 26.
“ These travel with me,” Alarcon said Wednesday as she stood before a wall containing memorabilia from everywhere she’s worked in BISD in her office at 1900 Price Road. “I never want to forget why I do what I do every single day.”
Alarcon said she had been amazed by the outpouring of heartfelt best wishes from friends and colleagues around BISD in the days since her selection was announced. She said everything she had done to this point in her career has prepared her for what lies ahead in Port Isabel.
Then she recalled the day in March 2007 when then-superintendent Hector Gonzalez informed her that he was appointing her interim principal at Hanna through the end of the school year. The appointment ended up lasting into 2014 when she was named area assistant superintendent for high schools.
“ I feel all of the experience I had (at Hanna) assisted me in the possibilities I now had as the assistant superintendent for all the high schools,” she said. She’s now in her fifth year as an AA.
“ We have an incredible school district and incredible kids,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed every single minute of it, and I feel as I transition into my next role those experiences are going to assist me.”
She added that she will have the advantage of familiarity when she moves to Port Isabel. The community relationships she has nurtured here should easily translate to the city by the sea, she said.
“ I feel beyond blessed to know that that community is going to entrust me with their children. ... I could not be more excited,” she said.
Alarcon has long been active in community organizations, most recently as a board member and past board chairman of the United Way of Southern Cameron County. She said she will take her community involvement with her to Port Isabel.
Alarcon was born in San Antonio but raised in Brownsville and educated entirely in BISD schools and at what became then the University of Texas at Brownsville, and eventually the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Texas Pan American, master’s degrees in guidance and counseling and educational administration from UTB. She earned her superintendency certificate from UTB in 2011.
She said her family has always stressed education as the greatest equalizer.
“ As a first generation college graduate I never dreamed this would be possible for me. God has blessed me every step of the way,” she said.
Alarcon would replace Superintendent Lisa Garcia, who retires effective Feb. 28.