“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.” -Cesar Chavez
Juan Juarez is currently in his first year as the Successor Principal at KIPP Austin College Prep (KACP) and his 10th year with KIPP Texas Public Schools! Juan is excited and humbled that he is a part of KIPP Texas – Austin’s flagship school.
Prior to becoming the Principal at KACP, Juan participated in the Fisher Fellowship and was an Instructional Leader at KIPP Austin Brave coaching Literature, Composition, and Spanish teachers. Prior to transitioning to KIPP Texas – Austin, Juan served as Principal of KIPP Camino Academy in San Antonio for two years. As Principal, Juan focused on implementing six culturally relevant performing arts programs, built strong relationships with community partnerships, and ensured that students and staff focused on exploring their identities. In addition, Juan established a strong focus on data-driven practices which have resulted in increasing scores on all 12 out of the 12 state tests with an average of 15% increase overall on state exams over the two years as a Principal.
Prior to being Principal, Juan has served as an ESL coordinator, 5th-grade reading, Director of Student Programs, and an Assistant Principal at KIPP Camino Academy.
For leadership development, he has participated in the Fisher Fellowship, Teacher Leader Program, Miles Family Fellowship, and Successor Prep program as part of KIPP Leadership Programs.
Juan graduated from Southwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/International Studies and at Trinity University earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Texas at San Antonio in Educational Leadership.
Outside of school, Juarez loves listening to pop music (especially Britney Spears), watch movies every weekend at the Alamo Drafthouse, and spend time with his four dogs.