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Hutto ISD Names Dr. Guajardo as new Executive Director of Academics

HUTTO, Texas — As part of Hutto ISD’s continual efforts to improve the quality of its academic programming and student outcomes, the District has announced the appointment of Dr. Elizabeth Castillo-Guajardo to the new role of Executive Director of Academics following a review and consolidation of administrative functions.

Bringing more than two decades of experience in public education to the position, Dr. Guajardo was officially welcomed to Hutto ISD on April 4, upon approval by the Board of Trustees. Under the leadership of Associate Superintendent of Instruction & Innovation Brittany Swanson, Dr. Guajardo will guide and direct academic programs including curriculum and instruction, bilingual/ESL instruction, Career & Technical Education, fine arts, instructional technology and assessment, and accountability.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Guajardo to our school district family! With her exceptional background as a highly accomplished campus principal and her expertise in academics, curriculum and learning, we eagerly anticipate the transformative impact she will bring to our educational community,” said Swanson. “Her proven track record of success, coupled with her extensive network of esteemed educational leaders, underscores her commitment to excellence in academic leadership. I am excited for staff and students alike to benefit from innovation and academic growth under her visionary guidance.”

Guajardo’s focus will be on guiding the academic programming and ensuring Hutto ISD’s curriculum aligns across campuses while also meeting high standards of instructional delivery and student learning. In carrying out this role, she will work closely with Executive Director of Schools Jason McAuliffe and the new Executive Director of Student Services, Theresa Hill, who begins her new role with Hutto ISD on April 15, to ensure alignment, consistency and support to the District’s schools across these areas.

“My passion is education, and this is what I hope to bring to Hippo Nation to ensure all of our students reach success,” said Guajardo. “I truly believe that education is the ultimate equalizer and it is the way in which we leave the world a bit better by making sure our students have opportunities, choices and access to help forge their own pathway for their futures.

“I am extremely passionate about literacy, leadership and equitable opportunities where students receive what they need, whether that means intervening or accelerating their learning and I look forward to ensuring our Hutto academics provide that for every student,” she added.

Prior to joining Hutto ISD, Guajardo has served several public school systems and began her teaching career in the Rio Grande Valley—the region in which she was born and raised. She then became a reading coach and moved into a curriculum specialist role prior to entering administrative roles as assistant principal, and most recently, serving the past 10 years as school principal within Houston ISD.

Guajardo holds two masters degrees in both Educational Leadership from Lamar University and Literacy from UT-Arlington, and earned a Ph.D. in Leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University. She attended Southwestern University for undergraduate studies in nearby Georgetown. Additionally, she is a certified Abydos trainer, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Ambassador, has been named a Rising Leader by the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (TCTELA), and is immediate past-president of the Region 4 Texas Council of School Women Executives.