Curtis Mauricio, Principal
Curtis Mauricio has served the students of Irving ISD since 1999. He has served in many roles including a teacher at Bowie Middle School, assistant principal at Zavala Middle School, and principal at Nimitz High School prior to becoming the principal at Austin Middle School.
Mauricio began his career in education in 1999 after completing his degree in applied technology, training and development from the University of North Texas. In 2001 he completed a master’s degree in educational administration at the University of Texas at Arlington..
Mr. Mauricio is proud to be the principal at Austin Middle School. His goal is to build and foster relationships with students, parents, staff, and the community as they play a vital role in the success of Austin’s students.
Kerrie Tarver, Assistant Principal
Kerrie Tarver is the Assistant Principal at Austin Middle School who’s always had a passion for teaching and shaping young minds. She developed her love for teaching at a very young age as an Irving ISD student at Nimitz High School graduate. Ms. Tarver taught 8th grade Science, where she shaped young minds to thrive in the STEM field. After three years of teaching Science, soon Ms. Tarver decided to spread her talents in leadership roles over time as a curriculum writer, interventionist, academic specialist, and currently as the Dean of Students. Ms. Tarver’s educational philosophy is by Benjamin Franklin; “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”. She’s a believer of making learning fun and engaging for all students. Ms. Tarver enjoys giving back to the same community that has shaped her into the educator she is today! Being the first in her family to receive her Master’s Degree, her dream is to encourage students how education is the key to success in life.
Mr. Joshua Zamora, Assistant Principal
For the past four years, Mr. Zamora has been a teacher leader at Lady Bird Johnson Middle School. He was a coach, taught 6/7 History, 6/7 Math, 8th History, and served as Social Studies Department Chair. Going into his 4th year at Lady Bird, he implemented a plan to increase 8th-grade History scores. By creating a safe environment for sharing/expressing ideas in PLC, modeling exemplary lessons, and putting students first, he helped his team succeed. He is excited for his new adventure at Austin Middle School and is determined to do whatever it takes to help Austin grow.
Candace Beasley, Administrative Liasion
Ms. Beasley is joining the administrative team at Austin Middle School, serving as Administrative Liaison for the 2020-2021 school year.
After graduating high school, she attended Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas, where she received a bachelor's degree in English. She later received her M.Ed in educational leadership at Texas A&M University.
Ms. Beasley is in her 9th year of education, having served as a middle school teacher, high school teacher, and English lead teacher.
She is a firm believer that “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.” Ms. Beasley is excited to join the leadership team and be a #GameChanger, helping make the necessary changes to better serve the students at Austin Middle School. She embraces the challenges and experiences that will mold her into the leader she aspires to be. Go, Broncos!
Aja Alexander, Dean of Students
Aja Alexander has a strong commitment to inspiring the youth and assisting students reach their full potential. As a Detroit, Michigan native, Ms. Alexander began her educational experience at Eastern Michigan University obtaining not only a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics but also a master’s degree in Urban/Diversity Education. This master’s has served as a great guide for learning the best practices for instructing and motivating the population she has so much desired to educate. Ms. Alexander has also obtained a Master’s in Educational Administration within her 7 years of teaching. She has made significant contributions to the overall school culture at AMS including leading various student organizations, a participant in several school committees and assisting in numerous after school events. Previously, her classroom has been featured as a Verizon Innovative Learning Model Classroom, available for classroom visits from in and out of school educators. Furthermore, she has been a presenter for in-district professional development and for out-of-district conferences such as the VILs Virtual Conference and VILs Cohort 5 Leader Summit. Ms. Alexander has been told she has a natural gift of educating and leading and she is eager to continue to display this as she continues her educational journey as the Dean of Students at Austin Middle School.