Mrs. Michelle Casillas

Michelle M. Casillas, Principal



I am so excited to introduce myself as the new principal at Tom Lea Elementary. Tom Lea has a reputation of dedication to students’ academic, social and emotional success and it is an honor to serve the Brave Bulls community. Over the past 20 years, I have worked as a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher, elementary literacy coach, English Language Arts and Reading Instructional Coordinator, Professional Development Coordinator and elementary assistant principal. I have had the pleasure to work for both Clint ISD and Ysleta ISD. Throughout my career, I have considered myself an advocate for children. I have always put kids first and I will continue to put kids first. Your children are at the heart of every decision that I and the staff make on a daily basis.

Not only am I excited to be working with your children, I also look forward to work we will do together to continue the tradition of excellence here at Tom Lea. My goal is to continue to build on the strong foundation that everyone has worked so hard to achieve and to use that strong foundation to move Tom Lea Elementary to the next level.

On a personal note, I am a mother of two beautiful young women. My youngest daughter is currently in college. My oldest daughter graduated from UTSA in 2011 and is currently staying home to raise her daughter.  This means I have the most adorable 8 month old granddaughter (of course I am biased). My husband and I are both native to El Paso.

As part of my regular routine, I can be found throughout the campus before and after school.  I look forward to meeting each of you and building a lasting relationship. I can be reached at 774-7725 or My door is always open feel free to stop by at any time.