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School Mascot: Mustangs

School Colors: Reflex Blue, Silver

Mission Statement:
Our Mission: Cultivate relationships with student through authentic and diverse experiences.
Our Vision: Inspire confident learners who enhance/transform their community.

"Believe that you can do it 'cause YOU CAN do it" - Bob Ross

Principal Teresa Hernandez
Teresa Cuellar-Hernandez - Principal
I am Teresa Cuellar-Hernandez, and I am excited, honored and humbled to serve as the principal of John Jay High School. This is my 23rd year in the Northside Independent School District. I started my teaching career right here at John Jay HS, opened up Warren HS, served as an assistant principal at Marshall HS, vice principal at Stevens HS and most recently served as the John Jay Science and Engineering principal.

To our students: I cannot wait to see all of the wonderful things you do. I will work to make your experiences purposeful, meaningful, and enjoyable. My hope is that you each take advantage of the academic opportunities, the support systems that are in place for you, and get involved in your high school experience through the many extracurricular organizations available on campus.

My vision is to ensure that all students achieve both academically and socially beyond personal expectations while experiencing an outstanding and enjoyable education. I want students to be exposed to opportunities like no other and make each of your educational dreams come true. We can accomplish this together. I truly BELIEVE in each and every one of my students. YES WE CAN!!!

Erika Almendarez
Erika Almendarez - Associate Principal

The Associate Principal also serves as the Campus Behavior Coordinator.

Mrs. Almendarez is a proud product of NISD. She attended J.B. Passmore ES, Anson Jones MS, and was a member of the first graduating class of the John Jay Science and Engineering Academy. Mrs. Almendarez earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Masters’ in Professional Accounting at The University of Texas at Austin. She also earned a Masters’ in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. Mrs. Almendarez began serving students in NISD back in 2007. She enjoyed 5 years at John Jay High School as a SE teacher before moving to Brennan HS to serve as their Academic Support Teacher. Mrs. Almendarez then worked as an Admin Intern at Brennan HS for 2 years before being promoted to an Assistant Principal at Harlan High School. She was appointed to be the Associate Principal of John Jay High School in the summer of 2021 and she is excited to be back with her Mustang Family.

As the Associate Principal of John Jay High School, Mrs. Almendarez is responsible for the master schedule, campus facilities, and oversees any and all discipline at the campus. Mrs. Almendarez believes that all students deserve a safe, challenging, and positive atmosphere where they can strive to be their best.

Krystal Abney- Academic Dean
Krystal Abney
Academic Dean

Krystal Abney has been at John Jay High School as the Academic Dean since 2017. Prior to Jay, she was an Instructional Support Teacher for English Language Arts in Northside. Ms. Abney also served as the English department coordinator at Stevens after teaching English for two years at Warren High School. Her experience includes being the AVID site coordinator, teacher, and district director in Judson ISD. Her teaching career began in 1995 at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan after finishing her Master of Arts in Education at the University of Michigan. Ms. Abney believes in the power of education to transform humankind by providing students with options and opportunities. She and her husband Derek have three children. One daughter is a Science and Engineering Academy graduate. Their son and youngest daughter are both Northside students.

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