Bowie High School's principal resigns just before start of new school year

Teran told ABC-7 he left for personal reasons

ABC-7 at 9 on the CW: 08.22.14

EL PASO, Texas - Bowie High School's principal has resigned just a few days before the start of the new school year.

"Jesse Teran is a respected administrator and educator. EPISD respects his descion to continue his career elsewhere and he has the full support of Superintendent Juan Cabrera and Area Superintendent Danna Diaz. He resigned August 21, 2014 and will stay on with the district to ensure a smooth transition. An interim for Bowie will be named by next week," EPISD said in a news release.

"It is always hard to see such a talent go but he leaves Bowie High School with a strong staff and we are looking forward to creating a principal profile with the input of the community. I wish him the best in his new career and know he will excel," Danna Diaz, area superintendent, said in a statement.

"I respect the work Jesus Terran has done for EPISD and personally thank him for his professionalism and the dedication he has given to the Bowie community," said Superintendent Juan Cabrera.

Teran, who graduated from Bowie, has been Bowie's principal since February 2013.

ABC-7 spoke to Teran by phone Friday night about his reasons for leaving his alma mater so close to the new school year.

"I recently got married and I moved. And it was just an opportunity to come to the Socorro district," he said.

Teran has been hired as the principal for Socorro High School in SISD.

Before Bowie, Teran was principal at Wiggs Middle School.

He had been with El Paso Independent School District since 1998 and started as a teacher at Charles Middle School.

Teran was also a teacher at Bassett Middle School where he was a TAKS teacher/coordinator.

Teran has a bachelor's degree in English and American literature and a master's degree in educational administration from UTEP.

"That's goal number one, to bring the trust back,get the community trusting this school again," Teran told ABC-7 in Feb. 2013 when he was hired at Bowie.

"I want the school to be not just what it was before, but something that it's never been before."

Friday night, Teran insisted he was leaving amicably and for personal reasons, but acknowledged the tough task he took on trying to rebuild the trust between the school and the community.

"Bowie was a difficult task in the fact that we had to implement a lot of systems to make sure everything is going the way it should be," said Teran.

"It was definitely a challenge."

Bowie was at the center of the cheating scandal that enveloped EPISD. Three administrators before Teran were fired, retired or resigned. All three were believed to be a part of the scheme to alter the school's results for federal accountability requirements.

EPISD is asking the community's help in creating a principal profile for Bowie at 6 p.m. on Sept. 4 in the Bowie cafeteria.

Faculty and staff will meet at 8 a.m. on Sept. 4 to share their input.

"The creation of the principal profile is an important step in the EPISD hiring process as it ensures community and faculty involvement in creating a custom profile for the type of principal desired. We look forward to hearing your input," EPISD said in its news release.

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