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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
Ms. Ali attended the University of Texas at Austin earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and became a certified science teacher through the UTeach Program. After graduating, she became a science teacher at Elgin Middle School and taught 7th and 8th grade science at Canyon Vista Middle School. During this time, Ms. Ali held leadership positions as Science Department Chair, Team Leader, District Advisory Council Member, and Texas Regional Collaborative Science Mentor. She has always focused on three goals: teaching with a growth mindset approach, inspiring students with engaging lessons, and reflecting on current practices to continually improve. While teaching, Ms. Ali earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Texas State University in order to affect change on a greater scale.
On September 4th, 2018, started her tenure with Deerpark Middle School as an Assistant Principal. In her free time, she enjoys making crafts, event planning, and cooking new dishes. She loves trying new restaurants and her favorite show is ‘The Office.’ And, of course, she still finds joy in science jokes and performing science demonstrations.
Cynthia Sneed: Assistant Principal
Ms. Cynthia Sneed is a native Austinite and comes from a family of educators. She earned her
Bachelor’s degree in Health from Texas A & M University, obtained her Teaching Certification through
Huston-Tillotson University, and her Master’s in Educational Administration from Prairie View
Ms. Sneed is a visionary leader committed to nurturing the academic and social emotional needs of
students, empowering teachers, and fostering a culture of collaboration among all stakeholders. With
over 24 years of experience in education, she served the students, parents, and community in the
greater Austin area as an elementary teacher, Special Education Teacher,Reading Interventionist, Special
Education Specialist, Behavior Specialist, Assistant Principal, Academic Dean, Associate Principal, and
In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, and traveling around the world with her family.