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School Mascot: Explorers

School Colors: Purple, Gold

Mission Statement:
Our Cole family has an unwavering commitment to cultivate a nurturing learning environment that embraces diversity, strengthens and empowers innovative lifelong learners, in preparation for an ever changing global community.

Portrait of principal Tod Kuenning
Tod Kuenning - Principal
Hello Explorer families!
We are looking forward to making every day at Cole something special and are excited about the opportunity we have to learn together. Our school is focused on the whole child and we understand that learning happens in different ways for everyone so our goal is to work together to make sure we all experience success even though we all know the value of experiencing the struggle to get there. Through high standards in academics, a focus on Social Emotional learning, and a never ending desire to engage our students in meaningful, thought-provoking and engaging lessons our staff is excited to make Cole the best school experience possible for our students.

I have had the pleasure of serving as the Principal of Bennie L. Cole Elementary since we opened in 2016 and look forward to continuing to grow with this amazing school. We are striving every day to live up to the inspiring legacy Mr. Cole and his wife Edith have set before us and it is our mission to continue to grow and be a leading school for all others to follow. Before coming here I had the pleasure of working as a Special Education Teacher and Coordinator, a Vice Principal, and a Principal for other Northside schools. Please feel free to contact me at or call 210-398-2100.

Explore the adventure and create the future!
Portrait of associate principal Kimberly Contreras-Tamez
Kimberly Contreras-Tamez - Associate Principal

The Associate Principal also serves as the Campus Behavior Coordinator. They can be reached by email at or by phone at 210-398-2115.

Hello Explorers!
I am so happy to be part of the Cole family. It is my honor and privilege to serve as your Associate Principal.
This is my twenty third year in education and my twentieth year in Northside. I have been a Physical Education teacher, a 2nd grade teacher at Villarreal Elementary, an Academic Support Teacher for Reading and an Administrative Intern at Westwood Terrace. I had the wonderful opportunity to serve as Vice Principal at Scobee Elementary.
I believe that if we work together to support our students academically and emotionally we are setting them up for success.
I look forward to assisting Mr.Kuenning lead this amazing campus! #thecoleway #thecolewaysel

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