Eastside Early College High School

Campus Leadership


Miguel Garcia III, Principal

Miguel Garcia III is a Principal who works with all students to reach their full potential, socially and academically. Miguel believes in preparing students so they can make the best decision about their post high school life. 
Miguel has been in education for 18 years, 8 as a teacher, 4 as an Assistant Principal, 1 year as an Administrative Supervisor, and 5 years as the current Principal of Eastside Early College High School (EECHS). Miguel has had the privilege to lead the turnaround at EECHS by improving the graduation rates to over 96%, leading the formation of the Early College High School program, establishing Career Academies to ensure student post-secondary success, and opening a brand-new campus in fall of 2021. 
Miguel holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Southwest Texas State, Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in School Improvement at Texas State University. 


Yvette Alvarado, Academic Director, Freshman Academy Admin

Jessica A. Lopez, Assistant Principal, Health Science Academy Admin

Ms. Lopez holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership at Texas State University. 

This year is Ms. Lopez's 9th year in education. She taught 6 years as a social studies teacher at Travis High School in Austin ISD. She has been an assistant principal at Eastside for the last 3 years. 

Ms. Lopez has assisted with the facilitation and implementation of Social and Emotional Learning on campus including the No Place for Hate initiative and designation held for the past 3 years. She is the administrator over our AVID program and supports implementation of AVID strategies in classrooms across the campus. She has worked with our AVID site team to acquire our AVID certification for the past 3 years. Ms. Lopez collaborated with students, families, and teachers in the Class of 2020 to obtain the highest graduation rate at Eastside Early College High School. 

Ms. Lopez believes in the power of connection, collaboration, and contribution for our students, families, and the Eastside community. She is passionate about encouraging others to reach their highest potential and is dedicated to ensuring she supports them in doing so. She is proud to be a part of the Eastside community and looks forward to the continued successes our campus will have.




Benjamin Decherd, Freshman Academy Counselor

Elizabeth Chang-Yen, STEM Academy Counselor

Jeff Healey, Health Academy Counselor