Dr. Amy Hosick, Executive Director of Choice Programs, Access and Support
Dr. Amy Hosick is in her 29th year as an educator, serving as a middle school teacher, secondary principal and district leader in Texas public schools. She is passionate about helping educators serve their communities with innovative programming and strong support systems for student growth. She is an advocate for 21st century learning models in blended and problem-based learning and believes in educating the whole child through a balance of social engagement, stimulating academics, and extracurricular programming. Her professional experience includes overseeing strategic state initiatives, supervising and supporting school leaders, developing curriculum for a middle school choice program, and creating an all-inclusive academy model within a large comprehensive urban high school. Through strong communication, collaboration, and creativity, Dr. Hosick has led school growth in all areas of accountability, resulting in “A” letter ratings and Distinction Awards from the Texas Education Agency.
Dr. Hosick earned her doctoral degree from Texas Tech University in Educational Leadership in 2022, her Master’s degree from Texas State University in 2001 and her Bachelor’s degree from University of the Southwest in 1995. Dr. Hosick has been recognized as a finalist for principal of the year, presented at state conferences, conducted research on supporting school leaders in K-12 schools, and has visited high-performing schools throughout the country specializing in design thinking and problem-based learning. She is an advocate for deeper learning and is currently serving as the Executive Director of Choice Programs, Access and Support in Ector County ISD.
Iris Jimenez, Director of Planning and School Choice
Mrs. Jiménez has been an educator for 23 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature with a minor in secondary education from the University of Texas at El Paso. She also has two Master’s Degrees from Sul Ross State University in school administration and reading. She has been a teacher, Reading Specialist, Assistant Principal, Dean of Instruction, Principal, and Director. Her experience in leadership extends from elementary, middle school, high school, and Central Office. She also has experience in working with Alternate Schools and Early College High Schools.
Mrs. Jiménez began her journey as an English teacher in El Paso, Texas. After being a teacher for five years, she became a Reading Specialist for a low-performing high school. She eventually became an Assistant Principal at that same high school. She then became a Dean of Instruction for a new credit recovery high school. Her administrative career continued in the traditional school setting until she became the Director for an Early College High School for a school within a school. She then became a Principal at the secondary level. More recently, she was a Director in a neighboring district where she coached principals on best practices and supported the lowest performing schools. She then volunteered to take over the lowest performing elementary school and work collaboratively with the staff to provide students with a learning environment that would lead to student academic growth and success.
Mrs. Jiménez is excited to now be a part of the Ector County ISD family. As the Director of Planning and School Choice, she is excited to support the application and timeline of admissions through a streamlined district process in order to increase equity and access to families and students to high quality programs offered through ECISD.
Shawna Tanner, Administrative Assistant
Shawna is currently in her 11th year with ECISD. Serving two years at Hays Academy as a Magnet Clerk before transferring into the role of Administrative Assistant for Leadership. For the last three years, Shawna has served as the Administrative Assistant for the Choice Programs, Access and Support Department.
Shawna started her work with ECISD through the VIPs (Volunteer in Public Schools) program. Prior to working for ECISD Shawna worked in a private Pre K for over 15 years as a teacher.
Edith Sanchez, Student Admissions & Transfers Specialist
Edith has had the pleasure of serving ECISD for the past 23 years in a variety of roles. In her current position as Student Admissions Specialist, Edith spends her time supporting students and families with ECISD online registration and the choice application/lottery process. She is excited about helping parents explore the unique strengths of their child/children and finding a school that fits their needs. Edith relies on her passion for helping others to guide her work and feels it is her true purpose in ECISD.