IDEA San Benito 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.
IDEA San Benito is located at
2151 Russel Ln
San Benito, Texas 78586
With a career in elementary education spanning nearly two decades, Ms. Christina Villarreal has shown again and again that she knows what it takes to help students reach their highest potential.
Having taught 1st – 3rd grades in San Benito ISD for more than ten years, Christina arrived at IDEA Academy San Benito in the summer of 2012 as a 3rd grade teacher. Since then, she has served as an API, and this year, as a PIR. Christina led her teachers and students to enormous DI gains, the best results in campus history. Christina has been the Dragons’ interim principal for the past few months, and has continuously demonstrated the ability to help guide San Benito to even greater heights.
On the drive to better her students’ futures, Christina said: “Seeing each and every day that a school with high expectations in culture and academics is possible and changing the lives of scholars is what has led me to want to become a principal.”
As principal of IDEA San Benito College Preparatory, Janet is dedicated to leading a campus where every scholar is on the path to succeed in college and beyond.
She believes in setting high expectations for scholars and teachers, where everyone is able to meet their individual goals and continuously grow year after year while feeling challenged, supported, and joyful. She is committed to leading a model school for all schools to show what is possible when you set your goals high and let nothing get in your way.
After graduating from Decatur High School outside of Atlanta, GA, Janet attended Emory University. With a major in Anthropology and a minor in Global Health, Janet studied abroad in Mexico and soon after joined Teach for America in the Rio Grande Valley. She taught 6th grade math for five years at A.P. Solis Middle School in Donna, TX where she served as a department head for four years and help led her scholars and team to have some of the highest results and growth in the district. In addition, she led the development of the 6th grade math curriculum, facilitated professional development for TFA and the district, and mentored several new/student teachers. Seeing the impact her leadership role had on scholars outside of her classroom and the great need to create a school-wide culture dedicated to closing the achievement gap, Janet joined the Columbia University, Teachers College Summer Principals Academy in New Orleans. Shortly after receiving her masters in Educational Leadership, Janet joined IDEA San Benito Academy as the academic counselor to learn more from a system that was just getting it right. Along with the strong academy team, Janet was able to help lead the campus to meet all TEA distinctions and win the most improved school of the year for IDEA. Last year, Janet served as a principal in residence at IDEA San Benito STEM Academy and is excited to continue her journey with our Dragon scholars and families.
Janet lives in Harlingen, just minutes from the airport and you will often catch her hopping a plane to visit family, friends, or Disney World. Janet also enjoys exploring the nature parks here in the valley, attempting to win a Fitbit challenge, and continuing the search for the best Thai food.