Meet the Principal

  • It is my honor and pleasure to lead a staff of outstanding and committed individuals delivering a challenging and rigorous curriculum to our students through project-based learning, scientific inquiry and exposure to the foundations of biotechnology and bioengineering.

    This approach will help to transition our students to the DeBakey High School for Health Professions or another prestigious high school in the district.

    It is through our partnerships with community stakeholders, parents and collaboration with institutes of higher learning that success will be achieved for our students.

    We welcome all to take a look at the great learning that is taking place here at Baylor College of Medicine Biotech Academy at Rusk!


    Jesse Herrera, Principal


    Phone: 713-226-4543

About Mr. Herrera


    Jesse Herrera served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for AVANCE’s National Office of AVANCE, a national two-generation education nonprofit organization, dedicated to parental involvement and child development for over three years.  As COO, Mr. Herrera's responsibilities include assisting the President and CEO in looking after the daily optimization of various operations in different departments. Herrera has more than twenty years of experience in the education sector.


    For the past eight years, Jesse served as the principal of Sanchez Elementary school in the Houston Independent School District (HISD). Under Herrera's leadership, Sanchez Elementary earned the state's top academic ratings for student performance. During his time as principal in HISD, Herrera served on the Superintendent's AD-HOC committee, the Bilingual Education Steering Committee and the Administrator's Appraisal Development Committee.


    In 2012, Herrera coordinated the “Get Out the Vote” effort in the Southeast Regional Area of HISD, which involved over 40 schools and the passing of the $800 million dollar school bond.  At the beginning of his leadership in 2006, Herrera served on the committee to develop a partnership with Rice University and HISD in creating a Science Model Lab for Elementary Schools. Herrera’s school became the host site of this new partnership and was followed up by a two year partnership with Baylor College of Medicine beginning 2009.


    Before becoming the Principal at Sanchez Elementary, Herrera served as Assistant Principal at one of HISD’s top Magnet schools, Crespo Elementary.  During his four years at Crespo Elementary, Herrera helped build a strong Fine Arts Program by recruiting the top teachers in the arts. The school received city-wide recognition for their student’s academic and musical performances. Herrera also served as Assistant Principal at Park Place Elementary between 1998-2000. While in the position of Assistant Principal, Herrera co-supervised a staff of over 100 and a school budget of $5 million.


    As an Early Childhood Bilingual teacher at Burbank Elementary and Lyons Elementary, Herrera served as a mentor teacher for others in his field. He served on the Shared Decision Making Committee of the new Squatty Lyons Elementary school when it opened in the Spring of 1993. Herrera was also asked by the Harris County Department of Education to present at its Annual Early Childhood Conference in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Herrera has been a respected educator for over 20 years in the Houston Independent School District.


    Herrera is a Houston Native with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Radio/Television/Film from Sam Houston State University and a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston.  Herrera attended the Strategic Marketing Management for School Leaders workshop at Rice University in 2012 and submitted his marketing project the same year.  He completed the Art of Leadership Summer Institute held at Harvard University in 2006. Herrera and his wife, Natalie, are proud parents of two sons, who attend public schools.


    Jesse Herrera, Principal