GISD shuffles administrators into new positions


The Gonzales Independent School District will see some familiar faces in new places as administrators are shuffled into new positions for the 2022-23 school year.

At the Monday, June 27 special called board meeting, trustees approved naming former Gonzales Elementary Principal Brandi Bell the district’s new director of elementary instruction. Meanwhile, North Avenue Principal Nicole “Nikki” Nerada will move back to her former position as principal at Gonzales Elementary, while Dr. Ariana Hernandez was selected the new principal at Gonzales Primary Academy.

Bell has served Gonzales ISD for the last three years as the principal of Gonzales Elementary. Over the course of her 17-year educational career, she has served as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal. Her commitment to student engagement and success is evident in her passion for young learners as they develop the necessary foundational skills in preparation for their future.

As the new director of elementary education for the Gonzales ISD, Bell will continue to build relationships with all stakeholders in order to meet the academic, as well as, the social and emotional needs of all students during their continuum of learning.

Nerada has served Gonzales ISD in the roles as teacher, assistant principal, and principal over her 20-year tenure. Her educational leadership has revolved around making positive connections within the school community and building strong relationships.

Nerada stated, “As I rejoin the Gonzales Elementary campus as their new principal, I will be bringing high expectations for student success, as well as the love for learning and growing.”

For the last 12 years, Dr. Hernandez has served in various educational roles including bilingual teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal. Her deep commitment to students, staff, and community members is evident by her relentless effort to ensure that every student is given an opportunity to learn, grow, and feel a sense of belonging.

Dr. Hernandez stated, “It is an honor to have been selected to lead the Gonzales Primary Academy – the campus where our youngest learners have endless opportunities to explore and learn the world around us.”