Meet the Principal

  • Lori Hoeffken



    (281) 327-3760

    Lori Hoeffken began her career as a first-grade teacher in Alief ISD and moved to the Fort Bend ISD family in 1996. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas with a few short years in California during her teens. She graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, followed by her Master of Education from Grand Canyon University. Throughout her 15 years as a teacher, Mrs. Hoeffken was named Teacher of the Year in 2002 and 2007. She continues her education by participating in administrative professional learning opportunities for school improvement, to inspire and equip students and teachers to become leaders and life-long learners. 

    Mrs. Hoeffken knew from an early age that she wanted to become a teacher.  Teaching students and other educators has been her passion for nearly 30 years. Her dedication and determination lead her to the realization of her dream to open a new campus. She is now working faithfully to build a team of educators with a shared vision of a positive, safe, and nurturing environment for the students of FBISD.

    Mrs. Hoeffken has served as principal and assistant principal in FBISD since 2008, and was proud to have been chosen to open and lead James C. Neill Elementary. 

    As an educator, Mrs. Hoeffken firmly believes that all students have the capacity to make academic and social growth when embraced in a caring environment, that encourages independence, integrity, acceptance, and problem solving. She feels that strong school-home relationships are at the root of all successful educational environments and always emphasizes respect, collaboration, and open communication between the students, parents, teachers, and community members.

    Mrs. Hoeffken lives in Richmond, with her husband, their three precious Chihuahuas, Bella, Jack, and Springer; their son and daughter were both graduates of Travis High School.  Mrs. Hoeffken is proud that both of their children are products of Fort Bend ISD schools! Her daughter has carried on the tradition and is now a teacher in FBISD!  In her spare time, she enjoys camping and relaxing at the river and LOVES puzzles!

Meet the Assistant Principals

  • Felicia Holmes 

    I am honored to serve as an Assistant Principal for James C. Neill Elementary School. It is truly a privilege to be part of a community where families, students, faculty and staff care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth.  I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than twenty years.  I have worked with a variety of students ranging in age from Pre-Kindergarten through high school. My educational belief is that the school community collaboratively work together to support growth and learning. The students are the most important members of a school community in that all of what we do is for their current learning and future endeavors. My specific belief is that with love, service, and care, we, as a school community, work collaboratively to develop futures for all students beyond what they can imagine. It’s the Neill way!

  • Mary Jo Camacho 

    My name is Mary Jo Camacho and I am delighted to be one of the Assistant Principals at Neill Elementary. I am excited to a part of an amazing campus and I can’t wait to meet each and every one of you. I look forward to creating a strong partnership with our staff, students, parents and the community. I realize as partners, we share the responsibility for our children's success. I am committed to the achievement of the students at Neill Elementary as we strive to prepare them to be productive citizens. I believe positivity is contagious, so I am determined to spread it everywhere I go.

    I have been working in education since 2000. I began as an assistant principal in Fort Bend ISD at Neill Elementary in 2020. I am honored to be a part of the Fort Bend ISD family! I began my career in education in Alief ISD where I was previously the ESL Specialist at Martin Elementary and, prior to that, I taught at Outley Elementary. I have a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from UH-Victoria and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from UH-Clear Lake.

    I'm excited to be on this journey of learning and growing at Neill Elementary!