June 11, 2020
Principal Massey, alumna of PIC

The Principal Impact Collaborative (PIC) at the University of North Texas at Dallas this week announced its 2020 cohort of 23 principals from school districts across the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

The PIC program supports and empowers principals with at least two years of service in urban schools that are typically underserved in talent pipeline and professional development programs. This two-year program focuses on enhancing the leadership capacity and resilience of school leaders, which plays a critical role in increasing the longevity of principals at one school, and the long-term outcomes at those campuses.

This 4th cohort enters the program at a time when principals are confronted with unprecedented public health, economic and curriculum delivery challenges caused by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. PIC is reimagining its support for principals during times of crises by transitioning aspects of its programming to meet today’s specific needs.

“Now more than ever, we are humbled to continue serving public school principals from across Dallas-Fort Worth, as they juggle even greater complexity in their roles,” PIC Executive Director Alejandra Barbosa said. “It is vital to continue to invest in our principals as schools continue to evolve. Principal Impact Collaborative seeks to empower the personal resilience, creativity and leadership capacity that will allow principals to reinvent schools and ensure that students are on a path to succeed.”

Evolving PIC programming includes a series of focus groups and surveys to understand the greatest challenges moving out of response and into recovery, and adding new course topics to address the diverse needs of leadership in crisis.

The 2020 cohort includes 15 principals from the Dallas Independent School District, four from Garland Independent School District, a first-time participant in the PIC program, two from Uplift Education and two from the Fort Worth Independent School District.

Launched in 2016, PIC formally transitioned in 2019 to its long-term home at UNT Dallas, representing the university’s investment and belief in PIC’s mission to sustain and build the innovative capacity of experienced school leaders across Dallas-Fort Worth.

“PIC trains high-potential school leaders with life-changing, career-altering concepts that enable them to respond to any challenge they face,” UNT Dallas President Bob Mong said. “Training is actionable and sticks with you over time.”


Dallas Independent School District

Adriana Gonzalez

Solar Preparatory School for Boys at John F. Kennedy Learning Center

Beth Wing

Dealey Montessori and International Academy

Carmen Derrick

Nancy Moseley Elementary

Edgar Jaramillo

Julian T. Saldivar Elementary School

Fabian Hypolite

Chapel Hill Preparatory School

Jennifer Atkins

Charles Rice Learning Center

Lisa Vega

Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez

Lynn Smith

CityLab High School

Michael Moran

Woodrow Wilson High School

Niki L. Jones

Harry Stone Montessori Academy an I. B. World School-MYP

Raymie Venable

Personalized Learning Preparatory at Sam Houston

Ryan Bott

Bryan Adams High School Leadership Academy

Scott Rudes

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Temesghen Asmerom

Emmett J. Conrad High School

Thania A. Garibay

Casa View Elementary School


Garland Independent School District

Carmen Blakey

Rowlett High School

Kelly Garcia

B.H. Freeman Elementary School

Michael Arreola

North Garland High School

Raelyn Scroggin

Randolph Caldwell Elementary School


Uplift Education

Heather King

Uplift Ascend Preparatory - Middle School

Chad Schwaberow

Uplift Infinity Preparatory - High School


Fort Worth Independent School District

Kimberly Benavides

George C. Clarke Elementary

Quanda Collins

Tarrant County College-South Campus, FWISD Early Collegiate High School