IDEA Tres Lagos 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.
As Founding Principal for IDEA Tres Lagos Academy, Benigna’s mission is to provide a strong Lobos nation with daily affirmations of “yes, you can and you will” to empower students to achieve great gains academically and socially. Students will be rigorously challenged and prepared for the next level by focusing on data driven instruction and collaborative & exceptional culture.
These two areas of focus along with her commitment to work smart to model and lead by example will demonstrate to students that anything is possible. IDEA Tres Lagos students will know there is not any limit to what they can accomplish as individuals and as a team! Born and raised in McAllen, Texas, Benigna loves to serve others and believes in servant leadership since she was child. This is Benigna’s sixteen year in education and she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her Tres Lagos Team and Family. Being driven by her parents to put the needs of others before her own, Benigna began working with children for the Tri-County YMCA right after graduation from high school. This job acknowledged Benigna’s love of helping others especially school age children. When she began her post-secondary career at University of Texas Pan American, she knew she wanted to continue to work with students after seeing the impact she had made with after-school programming tailored to her students’ needs. While obtaining two Bachelor of Arts in English & History, Benigna tutored students on campus and was compelled to help her fellow students at a larger scale. She also served in the Student Government Association (SGA) first as Senator and then as President to bring the students’ needs to center stage and make impactful changes at the university level. Benigna’s passion to serve others confirmed that teaching was the best career choice in order to assist students in achieving their goals. She began her teaching career at Mission CISD as ELA teacher while also serving students as the Yearbook Advisor, Jr. Class Co-Sponsor, and Student Council Sponsor. She taught English I-IV, Reading I-II, & Journalism in grades 9-12. Working hard and believing that her students could accomplish anything, her students were able to make tremendous academic gains. Driven to keep learning and moving forward, she then sought a Master’s in Educational Leadership knowing she could best serve students and teachers in an administrative role. Upon finishing graduate school, she transitioned to a leadership opportunity at Hidalgo ISD where she remained for six years in administration serving students and staff from PK-12 grade as the Dean of Instruction and Assistant Principal. After fourteen rewarding years in public schools, she joined IDEA’s Team and Family as a member of the Principal in Residence cohort. Blessed by her previous and current experiences and successes, Benigna is ready to lead Tres Lagos Academy to great achievements! Benigna currently lives in Mission with her husband, Jose, with two of their four sons, Michael and Maximiliano. Her two adult sons, Brock and Benjamin, both reside in the RGV. She is also a proud glam-ma to her grandson, Anthony! Benigna thanks God for all that she has and is blessed by the goodness and mercy he has demonstrated in her life. Benigna loves to spend her free time cooking big meals for her family & friends and baking sweets to share! When not in the kitchen, she enjoys fishing and boating with her family.Continue Reading
Isaac Yanes has been working with IDEA since 2008 where he started as a 7th Grade Math Teacher. He took on roles such as Math Content Leader and Grade Team leader before being promoted to Assistant Principal at IDEA Frontier College Prep. Isaac served as an Assistant Principal for 8 years before moving into the role of Principal in Residence that ultimately led to Mr. Yanes being named Principal at IDEA Tres Lagos College Prep.
Isaac Yanes joined the Tres Lagos Team and Family in March of 2020. He brings his passion for academics and athletics to our community. Tres Lagos College Prep is committed to preparing our students to be future leaders of tomorrow. We believe that every Lobo should receive meaningful and rigorous instruction, that will jumpstart their academic career and put them on a path to success in college. Mr. Yanes is dedicated to ensuring that our Tres Lagos staff is devoted to providing students with the skills that will lead to self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness and social skills that will help them bring innovative transformations to their community while maintaining a college identity. This past year Mr. Yanes led our Campus to Achieve an “A” Campus rating by Texas Education Agency. This is the beginning of many more as Tres Lagos is still expanding and will add 11th grade for the 2022-2023 school Year. We are excited for the 2023-2024 School Year as we will have our First Graduating class for IDEA Tres Lagos College Prep. Isaac is ready to lead Tres Lagos College Prep into new territory and looks forward to graduating our first Cohort of Seniors very soon.Continue Reading