IDEA Weslaco 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.
Leanna Sarinana has been an educator for over 20 years, serving the communities of San Benito, Laredo and Weslaco, TX. Leanna graduated from Texas A&M University – Kingsville with a BA in Mathematics.
She began her teaching career in her hometown of San Benito, TX at her own middle school and taught courses ranging from 8th grade math to AP Calculus for 14 years.
Leanna began working for IDEA Public Schools in 2010 as a high school math teacher, served as a grade level and content leader and was recognized as IDEA’s Teacher of the Year in 2012. She was promoted to school leadership in 2012 serving as an Assistant Principal of Instruction before joining the Principal in Residency program in 2015. Her principalship began in the fall of 2015 when she joined the IDEA Weslaco College Preparatory team. Her campus continues to matriculate 100% of graduates to college with over 30% to Tier 1/11 universities.
Leanna believes in college for all children and operates daily knowing that adults who serve our students are successful when they are coached and developed. Teaching and learning are her passions.
Meranda Barron was born, raised, and educated in the Rio Grande Valley. She received her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2018. Meranda has worked in education for ten years in various capacities South Texas College, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the University of the Incarnate Word and IDEA Public Schools.
Since joining IDEA in 2019, Meranda has worked to lead her campus to the top of district rankings in student persistence and served as a support for students and staff to meet and exceed personal and campus goals.
Meranda is a strong believer in supporting others to ensure success and strives to continue to provide students with a consistent and organized learning environment. Her goal is to ensure a safe learning environment for scholars to meet their goal of getting to and through college.