Mr. John Montelongo, Principal

Phone: 281-634-5243

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Degrees and Certifications:

Texas Southern University; M.A. Education Administration Stephen F. Austin State University, B.A.

Mr. John Montelongo, Principal

John Montelongo, Principal of Hightower High School, previously served as Assistant Superintendent of School Support Services for Comal ISD, where he also served as Executive Director of Secondary Schools and as a high school principal during his career.  Montelongo began his career as a teacher and coach, and then as an assistant principal and principal for several high schools.  He was an assistant principal at FBISD's Bush High School from 2001-2003.  He obtained his master's degree in Education Administration from Texas Southern University and a bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin University.

Mr. L.D. Johnson, Associate Principal

Phone: 281-634-5279

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Degrees and Certifications:

Texas A&M University; Ed.D. (Dissertation in progress) Tarleton State University; M.Ed. 1998 Tarleton State University; B.S. 1993 Superintendent Certification - PK-12

Mr. L.D. Johnson, Associate Principal

Mr. Johnson has served as a vocational science teacher, football and golf coach, principal, and superintendent of schools in rural Texas schools before coming to Fort Bend ISD.  His career covers 22 years with this being the 9th year that Mr. Johnson has served the students, parents, and staff at Hightower High school. 

Mr. Johnson currently serves as Associate Principal for Hightower High School. 

Mrs. Cozette Church Gaston, Associate Principal of Curriculum and Instruction

Phone: 281-327-7714

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Degrees and Certifications:

Prairie View A&M University; M.A. Educational Counseling Prairie View A&M University; M.A. Educational Administration Jackson State University; B.S. Criminal Justice

Mrs. Cozette Church Gaston, Associate Principal of Curriculum and Instruction

Cozette Church Gaston comes to Hightower High School with phenomenal administrative experience and training with Houston A+ Challenge.  She received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Jackson State University and has earned two Masters Degrees from Prairie View A&M University:  a Master of Arts in Educational Counseling, and a Master of Educational Administration.  Mrs. Church Gaston directed an after school program for at-risk students, Community Leaders Aligned, for Scholastic Success (C.L.A.S.S.) with Communities in Schools at E.A. Jones Elementary School, where she developed a deep passion for increased teaching and learning in urban schools.  Therefore, while working with Communities in Schools (CIS), she developed an interest in providing culturally-responsive instruction inside the classroom and thus began a second career as a middle school certified teacher in Special Education before pursuing her administrative career with Houston A+ Challenge.  She has facilitated staff development trainings at the state level since 2002.  Mrs. Church Gaston is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with Capella University and will end the 2016-2017 school year with her doctoral degree.

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Mr. Ronnie Adams, Assistant Principal

Phone: 281-634-5247

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Degrees and Certifications:

Stephen F. Austin University; M.Ed. Lamar University; B.S. in Health, Physical Education, and Science

Mr. Ronnie Adams, Assistant Principal

Mr. Adams has 35 years of experience in education.  During the first 14 years he was a Head Track Coach, Assistant Football, and Basketball Coach.  He taught Science, Math, and Health in the Beaumont Golden Triangle area and Baytown.  He has been an Assistant and Associate Principal at the Elementary, Middle School, and High School level.  This is his eighth year as an Assistant Principal at Hightower High School.   

Mr. Adams currently serves as the principal for students in the 9th grade. 

Mr. Sam Burton, Assistant Principal

Phone: 281-634-5259

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Degrees and Certifications:

University of Houston; M.Ed. Administration & Supervision Texas A&M University-Commerce; B.S. Political Science

Mr. Sam Burton, Assistant Principal

Mr. Burton has 24 years of experience in education. During his first 13 years, he served as a special education teacher/department chair in Houston ISD at Hartman Middle School, Alief ISD at Youngblood Intermediate and Alief Middle School, and Fort Bend ISD at Hodges Bend Middle School. He has been an assistant principal for the last 11 years.

Mr. Burton is currently serving as principal for students in the 12th grade. 

Dr. TaTanisha Parker, Assistant Principal

Phone: 281-634-5268

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Degrees and Certifications:

Texas Southern University, Ed.D. 2014 Texas Southern University, M.Ed. 2004 University of Houston, B.A. 2000

Dr. TaTanisha Parker, Assistant Principal

Dr. TaTanisha Parker has been an educator for 16 years. She has served as a Teacher, Lead Counselor, and Assistant Principal.  Dr. Parker believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, compassionate, and stimulating environment in which to thrive. She is very excited to work with such a dedicated staff, hard-working students, supportive parents and caring community.  This is Dr. Parker's second year at Hightower High School.

Dr. Parker currently serves as the principal for students in the 11th grade.

Ms. Hilda Salinas, Assistant Principal

Phone: 281-634-5375

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Degrees and Certifications:

University of Texas Pan American, B.S. 1990 Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, M.S. 1996 Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, M.S. 1999

Ms. Hilda Salinas, Assistant Principal

Ms. Hilda Salinas has been an educator for 18 years.  She has served as a Teacher, Coach, and Counselor in Corpus Christi Independent School District. Ms. Salinas received her B.S. in Social Work from the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg and two Master of Science Degrees from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi:  M.S. Counseling and M.S. Secondary Education with a specialization in English.  Ms. Salinas has taught 7th - 12th grade English, Speech and Communication, and Journalism.  She coached Volleyball and Basketball at the high school level as well.  She has also worked as a Social Worker and Juvenile Probation Officer, which further developed her passion for working with kids.  This is Ms. Salinas' first year at Hightower High School and she is excited to serve the students in Fort Bend ISD.

Ms. Salinas currently serves as principal for students in the 10th grade.