Mr. Ash Kirk, Principal

In 2013, Mr. Kirk became principal at Black Elementary.   Mr. Kirk received his bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston and his master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of St. Thomas. From 2000-2005 he was a part-time paraprofessional at Thompson and Johnson Elementary schools while attending the University of Houston as part of Aldine’s “Grow-Your-Own-Teacher” program. He began his teaching career in Aldine ISD and from 2005-2010 served as a bilingual teacher at Thompson Elementary School. From 2010-2013, Mr. Kirk was an assistant principal at Marcella Intermediate.

Ms. Antoinette Hart, Assistant Principal

Ms. Hart

In 2017, Ms. Hart became an assistant principal at Black Elementary.  Ms. Hart previously served as a literacy coach at Caraway Intermediate School, a skills specialist at Odom Elementary and taught at Goodman Elementary and Harris Elementary Schools.  She has been an educator for 16 years and  worked in Aldine ISD for the past 13 years.  Ms. Hart earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Mississippi Valley State.  She received her alternative certification from Augsburg University and her Master's Degree in Administration from Prairie View A&M University.

Ms. Angela Cala-Mendez, Assistant Principal

Angela Cala  Méndez In 2018, Ms. Cala Méndez became an assistant principal at Black Elementary. Ms. Cala Méndez had served as a Bilingual Skills Specialist for seven years in Aldine ISD at Smith Elementary and Stephens Elementary before coming to Black. She has been an educator since 2001 and received her master’s degree in Bilingual and ESL Education from the University of St. Thomas. Ms. Cala Méndez has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and completed her Alternative Certification Program with the University of Saint Thomas, and her Principal Certification Program with Region 4.