• Meet the Team

  • Marcus Leadership Academy has assembled a faculty that is committed to create together a learning community that knows no limits to the LEADERSHIP potential and academic SUCCESS of every student, every staff member, every day!

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    Daniel Calvo Montes


    Daniel Calvo is proud to join Marcus Leadership Academy as a Principal on its 60th anniversary. He is proudly transitioning to take the reigns and continue the legacy of greatness and commitment to cultural and academic excellence that distinguishes Marcus Leadership Academy. Read More ->

  • Tarannum Khandekar


    Tarannum Khandekar is excited to join Dallas ISD at Marcus Leadership Academy as a counselor. Her goal is to ensure equitable academic, career and social/emotional development opportunities for all students. She obtained her master’s in educational psychology from Texas A&M University.  Read More ->


  • Lindsey Aldridge

    Lighthouse Coordinator

    Ms. Aldridge began her career in Dallas Independent School District right out of college. She started teaching 3rd grade at John J. Pershing Elementary. She has worked for several elementary schools around the area but has been here at Herbert Marcus teaching Gifted and Talented students for 13 years. Read More ->

  • Emma Bruce

    Assistant Principal

    Ms. Bruce comes with over 30 years of experience in elementary. Ms. Bruce has taught PreK to 8th grade. She was a Prekindergarten teacher for 18 years, a TAG teacher, Special Education teacher, instructional coach and an elementary Principal. Ms. Bruce has a Bacherlors degree in Costume and Clothing Design and her Masters in Education Administration.

  • Jose Salas

    Jose Salas

    Demonstration Teacher

    Mr. Salas was fortunate to be part of the Alternative Certification program in 2002. Have been privileged to be and Educator ever since. Making a positive impact in our students lives is my driving goal. He has Bachelor in Computer Science with Network Specialty

  • Blanca Gomez

    Campus Records Coordinator

    Blanca Gomez's love of helping children and parents led her to Marcus Leadership Academy in November of 2002 when she became Coach's teacher's assistant.  Her attention to detail caught the eye of the Campus Registrar who borrowed Blanca to assist with student records as the CRC assisstant.  Ms. Gomez possesses a knack for understanding each person’s uniqueness which is why she was chosen to be a Pre-K teacher's assistant for many years until landing her current position as the "face" of Marcus Leadership Academy as the front desk Clerk.  Read More ->

  • Jacqueline Rodriguez

    Jacqueline Rodriguez


    Ms. Rodriguez is thankful for the things she have accomplished and helped her be the person she is today. She attended Brookhaven College DCCCD and received her Associate of Arts in Teaching. Then she attended Texas Tech University where she got her Bachelors of Science in Education EC-6 and Texas Womans's University earning her Masters in School Counseling.

  • Monica Garcia

    Newcomer Coordinator

    Mrs. Monica Garcia began her career in education back in 2013 as part of a DISD’s Alternative Certification program. Since then, she has been offering her services as a bilingual teacher at Herbert Marcus Elementary. She is in charge of the newcomers strategic interventions at Marcus Leadership Academy Read More ->



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