IDEA McAllen

Proudly serving the parents, families and students of McAllen, Texas.

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IDEA McAllen 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. 


Year Founded


Students Currently Enrolled

Pre-K – 12

21-22 Grade Levels


Campus Leaders

Darlene Espinoza

Principal, IDEA Academy McAllen

Hi McAllen team and family! I want to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Darlene Espinoza and I will be the proud principal for IDEA Academy McAllen for the 2019-2020 school year!

My goal is to lead a transformational school where adults work relentlessly to build balanced students: students who are academically solid and emotionally intelligent. This approach best positions students to be contributing members of their community and our larger world.

I am a native of the Rio Grande Valley and am starting my 9th year with IDEA Public Schools! I am incredibly invested in IDEA, and am so excited about what our organization is doing for students in the Rio Grande Valley!  During my time with IDEA, I’ve had many roles including a teacher, interventionist, and assistant principal. 

I currently live in McAllen with my 8-year old daughter Natalia, 1-year old daughter Naya and husband Danny. In my free time, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family. 


Roberto Garza

Principal, IDEA College Prep McAllen

Roberto Garza IV is a proud UT Austin Longhorn who graduated in 2010 with his Bachelors degree in Economics. In 2012 he joined the IDEA Team and Family as the founding 6th grade math teacher for IDEA McAllen College Prep.


Roberto has served many roles at IDEA McAllen including High School Teacher, Grade Team Leader, Content Team Leader, Assistant Principal of Instruction, IB Coordinator, AP Coordinator and Principal in Residence. During those 7 years, he witnessed the 6th graders he first taught graduate and matriculate to the colleges of their dreams.

After one year serving at IDEA Donna College Prep, Roberto has returned to lead IDEA McAllen as the Principal. Roberto’s goal is to continue the legacy of success by design. Under his leadership, students will receive a world class education that truly prepares them for the rigor and challenge of life outside of high school, the first being COLLEGE!

Roberto believes that when the students “See it through” anything is possible. Let’s go Tigers!




Ashley Francis

Assistant Principal of
Operations, IDEA McAllen


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