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.”
Aimee Swann: Vice Principal
Entering my 17th year in education, I am proud to be a Ranger!!! I grew up in and am a product of Round Rock ISD. After graduating from Round Rock High School I attended The University of Texas at Austin earning a Bachelor degree in Kinesiology. Never being able escape the drive of my heart, I quickly earned my teaching certification and began a 7-year stint inspiring minds through math and coaching in Corpus Christi, TX. Upon returning to the area in 2007, I was hired at Stony Point High to teach and eventually lead the Special Education department. I then had the honor of assisting in the opening of Hernandez Middle School, serving as Master Teacher for three years, where I deemed it time to formally enter administration. In 2012, I earned my Master of Education in Educational Administration from Lamar University. I was then honored to be hired as an assistant principal here at DMS later that year and I have been loving my Ranger family ever since.
Growing up, I participated in several sports and every club/organization that I could fit in to my busy schedule. I continue to enjoy watching various events every opportunity I have. I also love a good book, a great movie, and feeling the mood with musical inspiration. My family remains in the area and I spend time with my nieces and nephews when they can fit me in their schedules. I feel that my family extends to my Deerpark students – which I remind them of often. It is important that our relationship is built on trust and care, and I hope to share the wisdom and inspiration shown to me throughout my life. As I continue my career in education I know I will be richer every day from the partnerships with my students, parents, staff, and colleagues.
Brian Barnes: Vice Principal
I grew up in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, Texas. After high school, I received a scholarship to play soccer for Auburn University at Montgomery where I majored in Business Administration. Upon graduation, I was given the privilege to be a teacher/coach at Grand Prairie High School for nine years. I then moved to Round Rock, Texas, where I was a teacher/coach at Round Rock High School for two years. After earning my Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix, I was hired to be an Assistant Principal at Deerpark Middle School in 2013.
On a personal note, I grew up with two brothers who along with my parents taught me that family isn’t just the most important thing, but rather it is everything. I currently live in Round Rock, Texas, with my beautiful wife, Malisa, who is a counselor at Taylor High School. I also have two children, ages 18 and 15. JT will be a freshman at Richland College and will be playing baseball. Parker will be a sophomore at Round Rock High School, and is active in sports there.
Filemón Aldama: Vice 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.