July 14, 2016
Amarillo—David Hernandez, formerly a teacher in the Dual Language Program at Humphrey’s Highland Elementary School in the Amarillo Independent School District, has been named the new principal at St. Joseph School.
Hernandez succeeds Angi Seidenberger, who was named Head of School at Holy Cross Catholic Academy. Hernandez began his new responsibilities on July 1.
“As principal, I look forward to creating an engaging environment for children to grow in their relationship with God while delivering a rich curriculum of high academic standards,” he said. “The ministry that our teachers and staff have been devoted to is always worth acknowledging and it is my privilege to support them in any way possible.
“I am learning more and more what it means to be a servant of God and to align my will to the Will of God. I accepted this opportunity to lead the St. Joseph School community knowing that the progress will be guided by the Holy Spirit as we move forward, step by step.”
Hernandez has been in the field of education since 2009. For seven years, he and his wife Gaby directed the children’s Faith Formation Program at Blessed Sacrament Church. In August, Hernandez is scheduled to receive a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from West Texas A&M University. He is bilingual and fully certified through the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS). Hernandez was honored at Teacher of the Year at Humphrey’s Highland Elementary School in 2014.
“I believe that there is a higher purpose in achieving academic excellence and that is for the students to live a life of discipleship and use their talents to serve our Lord. As a Catholic institution, their religious formation comes first as it will provide the sacramental knowledge and Christ-centered relationship to live a fruitful life. In bringing together the child, family, and community we can provide our students with purposeful opportunities to take action in serving others.
“My pursuit will also embrace strengthening a safe environment for all and that includes providing the teachers the resources and freedom to be successful in their areas of expertise. I will continue to set high expectations for all learners, staff and myself guided by Catholic teaching, policies, procedures and best instructional practices.”