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School Mascot: Coyotes

School Colors: Silver, Black

Mission Statement:
At Kuentz, We are empowering a community of successful learners and leaders!

Portrait of Kuentz Principal Lori Gallegos
Lori Gallegos - Principal
Dear Families and Friends of Charles L. Kuentz, Jr. Elementary:

Welcome to the Northside Independent School District’s 64th Elementary School! I am the very proud principal of Kuentz Elementary!

“At Kuentz we are empowering a community of successful learners!” This is the mission statement we embody on a daily basis! As the principal of Kuentz Elementary, I am in my twenty-eighth year as a teacher and administrator with the Northside ISD. I served as the principal of Eduardo Villarreal Elementary for six years prior to opening Kuentz Elementary in 2009. As a San Antonio native, I graduated from Judson High School and received my Bachelor of Arts from Texas Lutheran University. I taught in Northside ISD at Locke Hill Elementary. In 1995 I received my Master of Arts in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I found my passion for school administration while at Trinity University where I graduated with my Master of Education in Education Administration in 2000. After serving as the Vice Principal of Shirley J. Howsman Elementary School, I was named principal at Villarreal Elementary in 2003.

At Kuentz, we believe that student success includes the development of students’ skills both academically and socially. It is through this philosophy that we have become known for our high academic standards as well as become a Leader in Me Lighthouse School for our outstanding commitment to student leadership! I enjoy working with parents and community members in developing a school where students thrive and achieve their goals!

It is an honor to serve as the principal of Kuentz Elementary! I look forward to working with you and your children!


Lori Gallegos, Principal
Portrait of Kuentz Vice Principal Lisa Mendez
Lisa Mendez - Vice Principal

The Vice-Principal also serves as the Campus Behavior Coordinator. They can be reached by email at lisa.mendez@nisd.net or by phone at (210)397-8065.

My name is Lisa Mendez and I am beyond excited to serve as the Vice Principal of Kuentz Elementary! I was born and raised in Eagle Pass, Texas and moved to San Antonio to attend college at the University of the Incarnate Word, where I received my Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies. I then attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and earned my Masters in Educational Leadership. This year marks the beginning of my tenth year of public service in education. I began my career as a fourth grade teacher in San Antonio ISD. After two years in SAISD, I continued my journey teaching third grade at Northside ISD. Most recently, I served as an Administrator Intern at Colonies North Elementary. I have an amazing and supportive husband of 17 years and we are the proud parents of two wonderful children. My daughter is active in tennis and orchestra and my son is active in basketball and track.

It is a true pleasure to be part of Kuentz and I am looking forward to establishing strong relationships within the Kuentz Coyote Family! I look forward to continuing all the special traditions of Kuentz Elementary and will work hard to ensure all students continue to receive a high quality education, while addressing the needs of every child. As a Leader in Me Lighthouse School, we believe in the importance of student leadership and character building. I appreciate the warm welcome and am here to serve our students and their families.
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