Assistant Principals' Message

  • As the new Assistant Principal at Camino Real Elementary School, it is my sincere pleasure and honor to be back as a member of this great school community.  It is clear that there is a great partnership between school, the faculty, and parents who help provide a diverse experience for all of our students.

    Before becoming your Assistant Principal, I worked for Hays CISD for fifteen years.  I started my educational career as a kindergarten bilingual teacher at Tom Green Elementary.  My last ten years were spent at Camino Real, where I worked as a kindergarten and first grade bilingual teacher, a reading and math intervention teacher, and an instructional coach.  I also spent several months working as a district bilingual instructional coach at the start of this school year.  Education is my second career.  Prior to coming to Hays, I worked seven years in the Criminal Justice field as a Travis County Pre-Trial Officer and as a Juvenile Probation Officer.   My academic background includes a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Edward's University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. 

    I am truly honored to be appointed to this position.  I am very passionate about education and I look forward to partnering with you to make Camino Real the best elementary school in Hays.  It is my goal to work with teachers, support staff, and Mrs. Soliz to provide the best educational experience for you and all the students at CRES. 

    Thank you for the opportunity to serve your families in this role.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, celebrations, or ideas you would like to share. 


    Elsa Ibarra



    Hello Roadrunners! I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve the community in this leadership role.

    My name is Juan Cardenas and I am joining the CRES team as a new Assistant Principal. I come Hays CISD after 18 years in education in different districts in the area, the latest one being Austin ISD where I worked as a Bilingual Mathematics Instructional Coach. I have always enjoyed teaching in schools where multilingual and multicultural learners are welcome and nurtured. I see that is the case here at Camino Real. As an immigrant and bilingual learner, I truly believe multicultural education has to be nurtured and available to all students and families.

    I was born and raised in Colombia, then moved to the United States in 2001. I enjoy all forms of soccer and spending the summers back home with my family.

    I am very excited to work with this talented staff and such engaged families. I can easily see how this school is really committed to provide all students with the best learning opportunities. I commit to create meaningful relationships with the educators, families and students at CRES. I hope together we can take advantage of all the growth opportunities this school year will provide.


    ¡Hola Correcaminos! Quiero agradecerles por darme la oportunidad de servir a esta comunidad en un papel de líder.

    Mi nombre es Juan Cárdenas y me estoy uniendo al equipo de la escuela Camino Real como un nuevo subdirector. Llego a Hays CISD luego de 18 años en educación pública en varios distritos de la zona, siendo el último Austin ISD, donde trabajé como instructor de matemáticas bilingüe. Siempre he disfrutado enseñar en escuelas donde los estudiantes multiculturales y multilingües son bienvenidos y estimulados. Yo puedo ver que ése es el caso aquí en Camino Real. Como inmigrante y aprendiz bilingüe creo fuertemente en que la educación multicultural debe ser fomentada y tiene que estar disponible para todos los estudiantes y sus familias.

    Nací y fui criado en Colombia en Suramérica y luego vine a los Estados Unidos en el año 2001. Me gusta mucho el fútbol y regresar a casa todos los veranos para visitar a mi familia.

    Estoy muy emocionado de trabajar con un grupo de educadores tan talentoso y con unas familias tan involucradas. Puedo ver fácilmente cómo esta escuela está verdaderamente comprometida en proveer a sus estudiantes las mejores oportunidades de aprendizaje. Me comprometo a crear relaciones significativas con los maestros, familias y los estudiantes de la escuela. Espero que juntos podamos tomar ventaja de las oportunidades de crecimiento que este año nos va a otorgar.