|Mr. Rick Flores Principal|
My name is Rick Flores and I am the proud principal at Mark Twain Middle School. As a product of San Antonio ISD, I am determined to make a positive difference in our community. As a young man I resided in a single-parent home in the San Juan Housing Projects located at the intersection of Calaveras and Brady Streets. Although I encountered many challenges I was determined to escape the vicious cycle of poverty that oftentimes took hold of so many in my community.
As I reflect on my educational journey through our school district I am reminded of how fortunate I was to have attended Storm Elementary, Lowell Middle School and graduate from Luther Burbank High School in 1990. Although the road was not easy it was definitely worth the struggle.
In the fall of 1990, I began my university studies at Texas Lutheran in Seguin, Texas and majored in sociology in hopes of someday becoming a San Antonio Police Officer. While at the university my professor of music encouraged me to major in music education as he held that someday I would become a Director of Bands.
My vision of becoming a police officer began to dissipate when I entered the classroom in 1996 at Harry S. Truman Middle School in Edgewood ISD. In 1999, I accepted the position as Director of Bands at Washington Irving Middle School. During my tenure at Irving I was fortunate to work alongside some amazing students and staff. Together we became a national model urban music program that served as a model for programs across the country.
In 2010, I transitioned to Luther Burbank High School and served as assistant principal for three years prior to being named principal at Mark Twain in the summer of 2014. As campus principal my mission is to transform our campus into a national model urban middle school where our students are equipped and prepared to becoming a positive force in their community. I look forward to working collaboratively with our professional staff, our students and their families to ensure that our students are challenged and prepared for the level in their educational journey.