Angel Rico, Principal
Mr. Rico is very pleased to continue to serve as Principal of T.J. Lee Elementary school. He graduated with a B.A. in Science and Math from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Masters in School Administration from New Mexico State University.
Mr. Rico's professional teaching endeavors began when he started teaching in 1994. He taught 6 years as a Kindergarten, 1st and 5th grade teacher in Ysleta Independent School District. He then served 6 years as an Assistant Principal in McKinney, Texas followed by 8 years as an Assistant Principal in Irving Independent School District. Mr. Rico has proudly been serving as Principal at T.J. Lee for 4 years and hopes to continue making a positive impact in students’ academic achievements. He looks forward to strong working relationships with families in this neighborhood as we continue to ensure academic excellence for all our T.J. Lee Lions.
Miya Hooper, Assistant Principal
Ms. Hooper born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from W. T. White High School and attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas where she received her B.S. in Sociology. She then received her Master's degree in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas.
Ms. Hooper began her teaching career at Edgar Glover Elementary School where she taught Resource at Fort Bend ISD, in Houston, Texas. She then returned to Dallas in 2008 and started working in the Dallas Independent School District at Fransico Medrano Middle School and Emmett J. Conrad High School where she had the opportunity to serve as an Inclusion Teacher for ELA, Department Chair, Campus Instructional Leadership Team Member, and Mentor Teacher. Ms. Hooper's last assignment before coming to Irving ISD was in Central Staff as an Itinerant Teacher for Transition Services.
Ms. Hooper looks forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, parents and the Lee community to ensure that everyone is equipped with the necessary tools to promote and foster student achievement.
Yolanda Williams, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Yolanda Williams grew up in East Texas where she received an Associate of Arts degree from Tyler Junior College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (with minors in English and Reading) from Stephen F. Austin State University. She also holds a Master’s of Education Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
Yolanda began her career in education teaching 3rd graders at John F. Kennedy Elementary in Terrell ISD. Mrs. Williams transitioned to Irving ISD and joined the J.O. Davis family where she taught learners in grades 3- 5-general education, gifted/talented, multi-age, and ESL for 14 years. During that time, Mrs. Williams also enjoyed opportunities to serve as a district trainer for various initiatives in Irving ISD, Summer School administrator, being a part of the district's Curriculum Writing Team, as well as the blessing of being named Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Williams joined Coppell ISD and enjoyed 3 years learning and growing professionally as a Digital Learning Coach. She returned to Irving ISD where she served for 4 years as an Academic Specialist at A.S. Johnston Elementary and as a district curriculum writer for ELAR and Science.
Mrs. Williams now joins the TJ Lee Lions as an Assistant Principal, where she’s excited to partner with staff, faculty, families, and the community to impact teaching and learning.
She has seen each experience as a blessing and opportunity for growth. Mrs. Williams has a passion for the PLC culture which supports a focus on learning, culture of collaboration, results orientation, and a growth mindset.