Myra A. Castle-Bell, Principal
I am grateful and honored to serve as Principal of Las Americas and Jane Long Academy. The opportunity to lead a school and community with such unique and persevering students gives me an abundance of pride and joy.
I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than twenty-three years. Working with elementary and secondary school students in various roles, I have served as a Literacy Coach, Title I Coordinator, Instructional Specialist, Assistant Principal, and most recently, a school Principal for the last six years.
I am a product of HISD and a proud alumni of Jack Yates High School. With two master's degrees from Prairie View A&M in Educational Leadership and School Counseling, I believe education is a lifelong process. Most importantly, I bring a belief that students are at the center of all school-related decisions. I am excited to unite my experience, openness to learning, and child-centered approach to support our students. Family and school relationships are vital to the success of our students. I encourage you to become involved in every way possible as we lead Las Americas and Long Academy to greatness.
Myra A. Castle-Bell
Recently Pulitzer Prize winning author Sonia Nazario and HISD Superintendent of Schools Terry Grier visited with immigrant students from Las Americas Newcomer School.
Las Americas Middle School offers refugee students an education, clothing and hope.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario talked to students in HISD about her book, Enrique's Journey, which chronicles a young boy's mission to find the mother who had left their home to immigrate into the United States.