Administrative Team


de Santiago's administrative team strives to provide a solid foundation where young learners develop socially and academically through a friendly and nurturing environment.

Dr.Maria Galindo, Principal
Maria I. Galindo was born in Mexico and moved to the USA in 1994. In Mexico, she started working as a teacher at the age of 17. She served as an assistant principal at Early Childhood Center for 6 years before moving to Houston. Dr. Galindo earned a bachelor degree in Science (1984) and a bachelor degree in Education with a major in Mathematics (1990). She began her career in Education in the US in 1996 through the ACP with Region IV. She attended SHSU and completed her Master’s degree in Mid-management in 2003. In December 2014, she earned her Doctorate in Education from the University of Houston. Dr. Galindo has worked for 19 years in Aldine and has been the principal at de Santiago EC/PK Center for the last three years.
pic Ms. Lesia Fobbs, Assistant Principal
After graduating from Lamar University in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and an Associate degree in Law Enforcement, Ms. Fobbs worked for the Texas Attorney General’s Office as a Child Support Enforcement Officer and for the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department as a Juvenile Probation Officer. Some years later, she attended Prairie View A&M University and earned a Master’s degree in Education (Special Education) and became a certified Educational Diagnostician. She taught in Houston ISD for several years as a special education teacher.
In June of 2008, she completed the Principal Certification Program through Region 4. Ms. Fobbs has been an Educational Diagnostician at Carmichael Elementary and at de Santiago's Play-Based Assessment Team (PBAT). She has been an Assistant Principal at Jose de Santiago EC/PK Center since 2008. Ms. Fobbs has served in the educational arena for over 25 years.
The Lord has blessed her with two beautiful children, a son named Lane Ralston and a daughter named Hayla Alexandria. She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, volunteering in church ministries, traveling, shopping and line dancing.
De Santiago’s school motto is “We Grow Graduates.” An unknown author once said that educators do not plant seeds of curiosity in the soil of young minds; seeds are already there. It is the care and nurturing that encourages those seeds to sprout and grow and become a life of their own.
Ebony Brown

 Ms. Ebony Brown, Assistant Principal
Ebony Brown is a product of Aldine I.S.D. (Douglass MacArthur High School).  Ms. Brown has been in the field of education for over 15 years.  In 2002 she began her teaching career at Keeble EC/PK Center as a prekindergarten teacher.  In 2013 she served as a Skills Specialist at de Santiago EC/PK Center then in 2015 was promoted to Assistant Principal.  Ms. Brown holds a Bachelors of Science in Academic Studies with a specialization endorsement of Early Childhood Education and a Master’s of Education in Educational Administration from Sam Houston State University.

“This little light of mine and I’m going to let it shine.”  Through my challenges and hardships I’ve experienced great pleasure and gained the knowledge and wisdom in order to have a greater impact on the lives of others.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

Helen Keller

pic Ms. Christine Gonzalez, Assessment Specialist
Christine graduated from Mankato State University in 1995. She began her teaching career in Aldine ISD where she taught at Sammons Elementary and Thompson Elementary for a total of eight years. She has been in employed with Aldine for an additional ten years as an educational diagnostician.
Christine is a mother of a six year old daughter (Macie) and an eight year old son (Maddox). When she is not busy running from gymnastics and baseball, she enjoys spending time running, shopping, dining out, and going to the movies.
pic Ms. Heather Tilbury, Social Worker
Heather Tilbury grew up in Connecticut and was acclimated to the snow and seasonal weather. Her family moved to temperate Houston when she was sixteen and she has stayed in Houston since, except for her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas, Austin. She went on to receive her Master of Social Worker from the University of Houston. Although she has worked in various settings: adult and child mental health treatment, medical and private practice, the field of children and families has been her area of expertise. She started off in education as the Social Worker for the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities in Houston ISD, later moving to teach children with disabilities in a private school. She has eighteen years of experience in education with the past ten years in Aldine’s Head Start program. Her primary goal as the Social Worker for Head Start is to strengthen parent-child relationships, helping both children and families thrive.

Matea Rodriguez, Counselor
Ms. Rodriguez was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is a product of Aldine! She began her career for Aldine in 2004 as a paraprofessional at de Santiago Pre-K Center.  She later received her Associates of Arts Degree from North Harris Montgomery College in 2005.  While working at de Santiago and assisting teachers, Mrs. Rodriguez earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from University of Houston Downtown in 2007. She taught Bilingual education and Regular Ed for the next 10 years at de Santiago Pre-k Center. She earned a special recognition for “Teacher Excellence” for the Aldine ISD Brochure for Human Resource. She later returned to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX where she proudly received her Master of Education Degree in Curriculum & Instruction in 2013. She then joined an extensive Counseling program with Region 4 (ACP program) Inspired Texas for Counselor Certification in 2016. She has been with Aldine ISD for the past tweveth years. Mrs. Rodriguez is very excited to continue to provide child centered, developmental, and preventive services that promote students’ academics, social/emotional, and career awareness here at de Santiago Pre-k/kinder Center in the role as school counselor. She is committed to building and maintaining a positive climate in which all students, staff, stakeholders, feel valued supported and appreciated. She enjoys traveling with her husband; she also enjoys extended family and friends.

 The Counseling Department at de Santiago Pre-k/Kinder Center provides The Texas Comprehensive School Counseling Program (Individual Planning, Responsive Services, System Support, and Guidance Curriculum). The program focuses on the Emotional and Academic needs of the student population. The purpose of our program is for the students to be prepared academically as well as socially within the nation.

                    De Santiago’s Pre-K/K Counseling Department Provides: 

      *   Individual Counseling *   Group Counseling *   Classroom Guidance Lessons

      *   Consultation with Teachers, Parents, and Students *   Parent Education *Bully Prevention

      *   Drug Awareness * Career/ College Awareness * Goal Setting/Decision Making

      *   Monthly Social Skills-School Wide

“The highest of distinctions is service to others.” –King George VI