Founding Principal For Brillante Academy

Cecilia Gallagher is embarking on her twentieth year in education as the founding principal for Brillante Academy. While teaching, coaching and leading, Cecilia had the privilege to serve and give back to her small community in Las Milpas, Texas. She has had the opportunity to work in both traditional and charter school systems, changing the trajectory of children in truly underserved communities by ensuring they received a first-class education. Her passion for serving and planting the seed of hope and belief in children has contributed to the fruition of college dreams for minority families with low socioeconomic status. Most recently, Cecilia was the principal for IDEA Pharr College Preparatory, a high performing charter school in South Texas that has matriculated 100% of seniors into top tier colleges and universities since their first graduating class in 2017.

In her nine years at IDEA Public Schools, Cecilia was fortunate to serve as an reading consultant, a middle school ELA teacher, basketball coach, college counselor, assistant principal of instruction, principal in residence, and college preparatory principal. Preceding, IDEA Public Schools, Cecilia felt blessed and honored to give back to her alma mater, Valley View ISD in Pharr, Texas for ten years as an elementary bilingual teacher, varsity volleyball, basketball, softball, track, cross country high school coach and middle school english language arts teacher.

Cecilia acquired a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in bilingual education from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Cecilia lives with her husband and five children in Mission, Texas and they absolutely love building memories on the water swimming, fishing, boating, and floating.

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