AISD principal brings her pioneering spirit to new academy

Principal Herrador in piano lab with students

Principal Herrador in piano lab with students

When Katiuska Herrador heard about a new dual language and fine arts academy opening in the Arlington ISD, she went for the top job - even though it meant leaving the school district where she had spent her entire career to date.

Carpe diem has been Herrador's lifelong mantra, passed down by her mother, who left her native Venezuela to study biology and become a college professor.

"She always said, "Take every opportunity that comes your way because you're not sure when the next one will," Herrador recalls.

Herrador wants to instill a similar sense of determination in others as the founding principal at the Jimmy and Laura Jones Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language.

Read more in "Texas School Business."