Dear UAS Families,
It is with great joy that I write this letter to introduce myself as your new Principal. I am humbled by the opportunity to have been chosen as the next leader of the Universal American School. I am excited to have this opportunity to tell you a little about my personal and educational background.
I was born and raised in Garland, Texas where I attended Freeman Elementary, Bussey Middle School, and Garland High School. I was a Garland High School Owl for four years and, in my senior year, was awarded an athletic scholarship for football to the University of Jamestown (formerly Jamestown College) in Jamestown, North Dakota. In 2005, I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Jamestown. I taught for six years at the elementary level. During my last two years as a classroom teacher I earned my Master of Education Degree with emphasis in Educational Administration from Concordia University in Austin, Texas. After completing my Master of Education degree in 2011, I decided to pursue additional leadership opportunities. My experiences include: one year as a Campus Support Specialist, one year as a Coordinator for Bilingual/ESL (k-12) programs, one year as an assistant principal of an elementary school, two years as assistant principal of a high school. Furthermore, I have spent the last four years as the campus principal of a magnet and leadership elementary campus.
I believe that educators should take every opportunity to grow professionally in order to be effective, stay current, and meet the needs of our students; as such, I am currently working on my Doctoral Degree with emphasis in Educational Leadership.
I became a school leader because I believe that all students have the right to define, pursue and achieve the future of their dreams. It is also my responsibility to empower students and staff members to make decisions which promote academic readiness, social well-being, career readiness and develop life-long learners. Through a close and collegial partnership with the parents, students, community members, and staff at UAS, I am confident that we can continue to strengthen our community and build successful students.
It is truly an honor to have been selected as the new principal of the Universal American School, as I am eager to begin building the next successful steps in its strong culture of learning. I am excited to meet everyone and my door is always open. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need anything.
Ernest Espino, Jr.
Vice Principal’s Message
Dear UAS Parents and Students,
Welcome to the 2019/2020 academic year! I am pleased to serve as the Vice Principal of the Universal American Elementary School for the fourth year. I started as a teacher here at the Middle School level in 2014. This experience allows me to assist in the transition of our fourth grade students moving up to fifth grade. I am currently working towards obtaining my Doctoral degree in Advanced Educational Leadership. I have earned my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Regent University and my Bachelor’s degree with a major in Elementary Education from Baker College. I am originally from Detroit, Michigan but I lived in Woodbridge, Virginia for some time before relocating to Kuwait. I am a proud mom of two beautiful daughters ages 23 and 27.
My main responsibility as your Vice Principal is to ensure that our students are making good choices throughout the school day and that they are in attendance each day. Adhering to these two guidelines will ensure that our students are successful. You can help us by making sure that your child comes to school on time each day, with a balanced and healthy lunch. Please be sure to check your child’s communication logs/planners for important information from teachers. Also be sure to sit with your child and read the Student/Parent Handbook. My door is always open for any questions or concerns that you may have. I look forward to working with you to ensure that all of our students are successful, nurtured, and supported.