Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Celina Estrada Thomas
Dr. Estrada Thomas has dedicated her career to public school education. Her career in education spans 35 years, with the most recent years as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction (Pre-K – 12) in Fredericksburg ISD. She is most proud of leading a district-wide committee that was responsible for introducing the first Dual Language Program to the district. She led the implementation of balanced literacy, guided math, Capturing Kids Hearts, project-based learning and writing across the curriculum at the high school level. In addition, she worked on expanding career and technical education options for students. In her previous positions as principal, Dr. Estrada Thomas consistently increased state assessment scores for all student populations on all campuses.
Her professional experiences include serving as the Director of Human Resources in Bastrop ISD; a middle and high school principal for 19 years in the Round Rock, Austin, and Bastrop school districts; six years as an assistant principal in Brownsville and Round Rock ISD’s, and six years of teaching at the elementary and high school levels. She also worked as a Research Associate at the Texas Education Agency and the Intercultural Development Research Association in San Antonio while she completed her doctoral studies.
Dr. Estrada Thomas earned a Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration from University of Texas at Austin in 1994 and holds a Superintendent Certification. She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Pan American University in Brownsville in 1986 and attained a Mid-Management Certification with the master’s degree. Her Bachelors in Education degree was fulfilled at Pan American University in Brownsville in 1982. She is certified to teach all level physical education and secondary biology.
Dr. Thomas is married to Michael Lee Thomas, retired General Warranty Manager from DR Horton Homes. They have six grown children (four daughters and two sons) and eight grandchildren. Three of their daughters are public school teachers; one of their sons served in the US Navy for eight years, and the other son is still an active duty officer in the US Marine Corps. They enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, country western dancing, and taking care of their two dogs, Jake and Cooper. They are embracing the “Hippo Nation” and will make Hutto their new home. They are grateful for the warm welcome they have received from all the people they have met in the Hutto community.