Salazar is an accomplished educator with 30 years of experience in education. She has also been a Hays CISD community member, residing in Kyle for 14 years. Prior to becoming Hays High School principal, for the past four years, she had served as the principal of W. Charles Akins Early College High School in Austin – the largest Career and Technical Education (CTE) campus in Austin ISD. Salazar began her career as an English teacher at her alma mater in Lockhart ISD before continuing her career in Deer Park ISD, Klein ISD, Clear Creek ISD, New Braunfels ISD, and Austin ISD. Through the years she earned progressively more responsible leadership positions, including: instructional coach, department chair, and athletic coach at both the middle school and high school levels. After 21 years in education, she moved into administration and has served as an assistant principal, academy director, and principal. Salazar holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing from St. Edward’s University in Austin and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Concordia University in Austin. In 2016, she was named a finalist in Austin ISD for the Assistant Principal of the Year award and has been an Austin ISD nominee for Principal of the Year for the last two years.