Jonathan Smith: Principal
Smith has served as the Academic Dean of Mendez Middle School in Austin ISD since 2015 and previously worked as the campus’ assistant principal. He has worked in education for 10 years.
“As an instructional leader, I enthusiastically embrace the task of continuing to ensure that students are prepared for success in a global economy,” Smith said. “Our goal is to lead our children to develop into productive citizens as they write the next chapter of their educational lives moving toward high school and post-secondary education. I look forward to further building relationships between our campus and community to enhance the world-class education students receive at Deerpark.”
A graduate of Hampton University and Concordia University, Smith has seven years of experience in the classroom, two of which have been at Mendez and the remaining five at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Virginia.
“Mr. Smith is an innovator and a champion for students,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores said. “He is a relationship builder who connects with students to support high quality teaching and learning. I am confident that he will bring this and more to the Deerpark learning community and we look forward to seeing him thrive.”
Filemón Aldama: Assistant Principal
Mr. Aldama grew up in Amarillo, Texas and graduated from Palo Duro High School. After attending the University of Texas he fell in love with the city of Austin and decided to stay. Upon graduation, he joined Austin ISD in 2007. Within his tenure in Austin ISD, Filemón held leadership positions as Team Lead, Department Chair, and Head Coach. Throughout his career, he has immersed himself in the many facets of work in schools; from schedule building to social services offered on campus, Mr. Aldama has made it a point to understand how to better reach his students. After nearly a decade in Austin ISD, and two years as an Instructional Coach, Mr. Aldama accepted a position at Deerpark Middle School as an Assistant Principal. He is proud to serve the Deerpark community and looks forward to his work creating the best school environment possible.
Filemón Aldama earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. He earned his Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Texas in 2015.
Mr. Aldama lives in Cedar Park with his wife, Korina Aldama, a family counselor, and their newborn daughter Eliana.
Faezana Ali: Assistant Principal