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Our Administration

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Lisa Rodriguez

Lisa has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Community and Human Services from the State University of New York Empire State College and a Master's Degree in Special Education and Educational Administration from the University of Houston-Victoria. She is also a certified teacher and Principal in the state of Texas and earned her certification as a Trauma & Resilience Practitioner in 2018. In May of 2024, she graduated from Destiny Leadership Institute, a Bible college and leadership program that has Biblically strengthened her leadership skills.  She started her educational journey in Oneonta, New York as a Counselor with SUNY, Interim Director of ONC BOCES CROP program, and Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance representing New York State. She spent 11 years with VISD at Victoria West High School as a special education teacher, special education department chair, assistant principal, and Administrator of RISE Academy. In 2020, God called Lisa to start as the owner and director of GRACE Transition Education Services. Since Lisa and her husband Tony began attending Riverside Church, she has not only grown her relationship with Christ but God has given her a vision to use her skills in educational administration to help the students of Riverside Academy.

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Brian Brunette

Brian is a member of Riverside Church and serves as an elder and on the Serve Team. He is committed to creating an inclusive learning environment for his students at Riverside Academy. He graduated in 2007 from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Human Relations. He worked for General Motors Corporation for 30 years and as an instructor in the Training and Human Resources Department for 15 years. He taught Health & Safety Classes as well as Technical and Quality classes. In 2021, he joined Victoria College as an instructor in the Continuing Education Department teaching English, Writing, and Math.

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