Silvia Saenz Trinh - Chief of Staff
Silvia Saenz Trinh has more than 20 years of experience in public schools. A native of El Salvador, she came to the U.S. at the age of 10. She attended Rusk Elementary School and Jackson Middle School. Most recently, Trinh served as director of Academic Services and director of Elementary Transformation Schools. She worked as a bilingual teacher, ESL specialist, and assistant principal in surrounding districts before joining Team HISD, where she was principal at Gordon and Park Place elementary schools. Trinh has a deep understanding of the needs of HISD students and the role education plays in breaking the cycle of poverty. She was inspired to serve as an educator after experiencing firsthand the challenges of learning a new language in a new country – and later witnessing students who were facing that same adversity.
Trinh earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Houston and has received multiple awards for her work, including Fort Bend ISD’s Bilingual Teacher of the Year Award and the National Excellence in Urban Education Award from the National Center for Urban School Transformation. She was featured in the U.S. Department of Education publication “K-8 Charter Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap.” Trinh was also selected by the TEA to take part in a best practices case study for her work at Park Place Elementary School.
Chief of Staff Silvia Saenz Trinh
Houston Independent School District
4400 West 18th Street, Houston, Texas 77092-8501