Woodrow’s new principal is a familiar face in East Dallas

Roxanne Cheek will be the new principal at Woodrow Wilson High School. (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

Lipscomb Elementary principal Roxanne Rodriguez-Cheek will be the new principal at Woodrow Wilson High School this fall.

Rodriguez-Cheek replaces Steven Ewing, who lasted only a year at the East Dallas high school. She will be Woodrow’s fourth principal in the last 18 months.

Rodriguez-Cheek has been the principal of Lipscomb since 2013, when it wasn’t in the best condition. She worked hard to fill vacancies, and has since helped establish an IB program at the school, which adds to the successful dual language program that already existed.

During Rodriguez-Cheek’s tenure at Lipscomb, the school made significant gains. Out of 143 DISD elementary schools, Lipscomb was 139th on the district’s culture and climate surveys when Rodriguez-Cheeks began her tenure there. By 2017, the school was ranked 45th.

Lipscomb houses mostly economically disadvantaged students, but also has a growing number of upper-middle class families, which makes Rodriguez-Cheek uniquely well-suited to lead Woodrow, which has similarly diverse demographics.

In a letter to the staff and the community, Executive Director Joe Miniscalco wrote, “I know that Mrs. Rodriquez-Cheek’s desire is to continue and build upon the history and success of this great school. She is humbled and most appreciative of the opportunity to become a member of the Woodrow Wilson family.”

He went on, writing, ” I have had the privilege of working with Roxanne over the past year and have been impressed with her positive approach and tenacity for high expectations!”

The Advocate featured Rodriguez-Cheek and her work at Lipscomb in February, which you can read here.


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