IDEA Frontier

Proudly serving the students and families of Brownsville.

Who we are

IDEA Frontier sets high expectations for every student and goes the extra mile to make sure every student realizes their own potential. Personalized learning, critical thinking skills, mastery of core subjects is our recipe for success.

  • 2006 Year Founded
  • 1624 Students Currently Enrolled
  • Pre-K – 12 22-23 Grade Levels

Our Campus

IDEA Frontier is located at:

IDEA Frontier, 2800 S. Dakota Ave., Brownsville, TX 78521

2800 S. Dakota Ave.
Brownsville, Texas 78521
(956) 541-2002


Campus Leaders

Dora Cordova

Principal, IDEA Frontier Academy

Dora Villegas is a first-generation American, a Rio Grande Valley native, and a first generation college graduate. After graduating from UTPA in 2000, Dora began her elementary teaching career and taught all subjects for eight years. Dora was recruited as a 6th grade teacher by IDEA Frontier College Prep and quickly became known for her positive classroom culture, leadership, and record of results.

The following year, she returned as an Assistant Principal of Instruction where she worked as a testing coordinator, a disciplinarian, managing big programs such as tutorials and intervention for 3 years. She developed into a strong instructional coach leading the English team to unprecedented state results. She is an experienced and successful teacher at heart, passionate about connecting families to the school, and approaches challenges in a logical systematic way to come up with solutions that benefit the entire school community. Dora believes that lives change when parents partner with schools to navigate the educational roads and to build the expectation at an early age that their child WILL attend college. Dora’s work at IDEA has never just been a job, she works at IDEA because it is a personal mission to connect schools and families to achieve the mission of College For all students. She loves being a part of IDEA Frontier Academy family, and looks forward to working towards achieving new heights of success and excellence.

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Yadhira Flores

Principal, IDEA Frontier College Prep

Yadhira Flores is a proud Brownsville resident and has been in education since 2003. Mrs. Flores graduated from the University of Texas at Brownsville with a Bachelor’s in Business Management and a Master’s in Educational Technology. During her tenure in education, Mrs. Flores served in BISD for 12 years as an Elementary teacher, Reading Coach, Dean of Instruction and Assistant Principal.

In 2015, Mrs. Flores joined IDEA Public Schools as a Principal in Residence at IDEA Brownsville College Prep before transitioning to IDEA Frontier College Prep in 2017. Mrs. Flores currently serves as the Mighty Charger Principal. Mrs. Flores is passionate about providing individualized instructional to meet the needs of all learners and has led her team to close the gaps for students in special education. Her experience as a Rhodes Scholar in the Relay Graduate School Program has allowed her to mentor and coach teachers and leaders; building their capacity to close the achievement gap in the lower valley. Mrs. Flores’ vision is to create a school culture that strategically plans to provide individualized instruction to meet the needs of all learners, prepare students with a strong college identity, and support our alum as they transition to post-secondary education. We know that by doing this our IDEA Frontier alum will continue to share our vision and give back to our community. Once a charger, always a charger!!

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Luis Larrazolo

Assistant Principal of Operations, IDEA Frontier

Luis Larrazolo graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC with a Bachelor’s of Science in Foreign Service and a minor in Latin American Studies. After graduation, Luis worked for an NGO in Brazil, where he spent 3 years doing development work in urban favelas. Later, he worked as political analyst for an international consulting firm out of Denmark.

After obtaining his Master’s in Intelligence from the University of Texas Pan-American, Luis joined IDEA as a 7th grade ELA teacher. His students were ranked 1st in the district in Reading & Writing for two years running before joining the admin team at IDEA Frontier as APO. This is his 4th year in the role.

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Humberto Valdez

Director of College Counseling, IDEA Frontier

Humberto is a graduate of The University of Texas at Brownsville where he studied business and finance. As the first in his family to graduate from college, Humberto has experienced the transformative power of a college education. He and his dedicated team provide individualized support to students through the college application process. He is a husband and proud father of a Frontier 2021 alumni and calls Brownsville home.

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