Adelina Acala is the new principal of Buena Vista ISD, taking the helm from Julian Castillo, who was promoted to district business manager.
Acala took the position after moving back to the area from Houston, where she spent the last 17 years.
Acala is a Fort Stockton High School 1998 graduate and left shortly after to go to college at the University of Texas at San Antonio for her undergraduate, and then the University of Houston for her graduate degree.
Acala said growing up she couldn't wait to leave and didn't appreciate the small town life. But now she has a better understanding after living the busy city life.
Her fiance lives in Fort Stockton, where they went to high school together, as well as her family who stayed in the area.
“I am really excited to be back,” she said.
Acala will be coming from Houston , where the elementary school had more than 650 kids to a Buena Vista campus with 254 children across grades K-12.
“It's a big change,” she said. “I am excited to have more one on one time with the students and the families.”
Her favorite part about being a principal is coaching teachers to their full potential.
“I get to see their evolution and magnify their strengths,” said Acala.
Acala is bilingual and started her undergraduate in special education, two skills that she says have helped her in her role as principal.
By showing teachers different ways to incorporate English as a Second Language students she is able to help more kids learn in a safe environment.
“I can relate to them,” she said.
Acala said she is ready to get back to her roots and is anxious to show the high school seniors that there is a world beyond West Texas.
“I want them to reach their full potential,” she said.
When she isn't teaching, Acala said she is a homebody who enjoys time spent with her three dogs and fiance.
“I am just really excited about this year,” she said.