The Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) named Rita Stracener of Banquete Elementary in Banquete ISD, District 2, Assistant Principal of the Year. 

The peer-based award recognizes assistant principals for their commitment to student learning as evidenced by exceptional school leadership. Honorees will be recognized at the TEPSA Awards Reception, to be held on Wednesday, June 11 at the Austin Renaissance Hotel. 

"Assistant principals play an important role in their school's success," said TEPSA Executive Director Harley Eckhart. "This group of campus leaders is passionate about doing what's right for kids." 

Stracener believes that Banquete Elementary's focus on professional development is positively impacting student learning and helping increase state test scores. 

TEPSA, whose hallmark is educational leaders learning with and from each other, has served Texas PreK-8 school leaders since 1917. Member owned and member governed, TEPSA has more than 5,800 members who direct the activities of 3 million PreK-8 school children.