Leadership

The Hawthorne School Founder

Claudia Chavez-Pinto is a careered educator of 18 years in which 13 of those years have been as a school administrator in both elementary and middle school institutions. Under her leadership as a campus principal, one of her school’s became a fine arts magnet school and received several TEA’s destinction designations year after year. 

In June 2017, Ms. Chavez-Pinto became the principal of a school with more than 1700 students. In her first two years of leadership, this school also obtained several TEA distinction designations, elevating the school’s standardization scores from its previous standing.

Education has been a calling and passion for Ms. Chavez-Pinto since childhood. It has been her upmost pleasure and fulfillment to serve students, families, communities, and colleagues in education. She is very knowledgeable and passionate in curriculum and instruction always elevating her students to higher cognitive levels of thinking while achieving higher academic standards. She effectively transfers this passion and knowledge to her teachers and staff by creating a community of support, common values, and higher standards of education for her students.  Ms. Chavez-Pinto is committed to providing The Hawthorne School students with the very best educational experience while educating the whole child helping the students forge and pave their way to a life time of success!  

The Hawthorne School Founder

Sonya Monreal has a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies and Master in Educational Administration. Sonya’s biggest inspiration comes from her mother, who was a bilingual teacher for the Houston Independent School District, HISD. Sonya is convinced her love for children and education comes from her mother.

Ms. Monreal has been in education for 8 years. At a campus that had +1,700 students who were all low SES and a majority English Learners, Sonya was part of a team of educators charged with increasing student productivity. Within one year, her and her team were able to advance the campus from failing to passing despite all the challenges that were presented. She was instrumental in helping move the campus to a B rating. Currently, Ms. Monreal is a Senior Manager in the Multilingual Department for HISD.

Having two children of her own, Sonya is passionate about education. Not only believing that education opens doors for children but also that every child should have the opportunity to achieve academic success.