La Joya ISD Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Gisela S. Saenz
Dr. Gisela S. Saenz is a proud graduate of La Joya High School. She attended Pan American University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. Dr. Saenz worked in the banking industry several years, learning the real estate and financial markets in the Rio Grande Valley. She also worked as a sales representative for Noxell Corporation, makers of Cover Girl products. This job allowed her the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and to collaborate with people from different regions of the country on different projects.
Dr. Saenz wanted a more personally meaningful career where she could work with children, so she returned to Pan American University to earn a teaching certificate. She became a classroom teacher in La Joya ISD; a career change that has brought joy and satisfaction. She worked as a kindergarten teacher and a teacher for Gifted and Talented students at Benavides Elementary for six years.
Her love of learning motivated her to return to school. She earned a Master's Degree in School Administration, and a Mid-Management Certificate. She worked as an Instructional Supervisor at Escandon Elementary, and Benavides Elementary for four years. She then served as a school principal for ten years, at John F. Kennedy Elementary, Kika De La Garza Elementary, and De Zavala Middle School. Being a school principal has been one of the most rewarding jobs of her career.
In November 2006, Dr. Saenz began her role in La Joya ISD as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Being a life-long learner, she began work on her Doctorate Degree at the University of Texas, Pan American in August 2009, which she completed in April 2013. She also earned her Superintendent's Certificate in May 2012. She believes that everyone should always strive to learn more to be ready for new challenges in life. In May of 2019 she was selected to serve as Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Saenz is proud of the Districts committed staff and loves La Joya ISD students.