Mentoring Program Protégé Melissa Holguin, Cohort 5

Melissa Holguin

Cohort 5

Dr Melissa Holguin is a native of San Antonio, Texas and is committed to serving her community as a lifetime educator. Dr. Holguin currently serves as the Principal of Somerset’s Shirleen Zacharias Early College Leadership Academy. She has been an educator in San Antonio for the past 20 years. Previously she was an administrator at both the campus and district levels at New Frontiers Charter School, a community-based charter school south of downtown San Antonio. She began her career as an upper elementary teacher in Judson ISD in 2001.

Dr. Holguin is a product of San Antonio ISD, graduating from Thomas A. Edison High School. She attended Trinity University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree, a Masters of Arts in Teaching, and a Masters of Educational Administration. In May of 2017 received her Doctoral degree in Educational Administration in the Cooperative Superintendency Program at the University of Texas in Austin.

Dr. Holguin has led the ZECLA campus since 2017 and has worked to continually improve the program after reaching the first milestone of graduating the inaugural senior class in May 2018, with 100% of students consistently earning both a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree, becoming redesignated as an official early college high school campus, and earning the campus the district’s only A rating. She looks forward to continuing to elevate the expectations of the students and staff at ZECLA to provide a rigorous instructional program paired with post-secondary skills to ensure all students graduate college and career ready.