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Texans Can Academies Announces Retirement of Richard Marquez, New Leadership under Dr. James Ponce

Texans Can Academies announces the retirement of Richard Marquez as CEO and president. Starting in 2007, Marquez led the organization’s expanded efforts to promote literacy and thinking as well as to provide direct services to students in need. Texans Can is extremely grateful for his years of tireless dedication and service.

Following Marquez’s retirement, Dr. James Ponce, Superintendent of Texans Can, assumes responsibility for all areas of School District operations. A veteran educator and administrator, Ponce brings nearly 28 years of experience to the dropout recovery school, which offers education solutions to nearly 5,000 students at its fourteen locations statewide.  

Since joining Texans Can in 2016 as Chief of Schools and as part of the organization’s succession plan, Ponce has been responsible for all academic strategy, staff and instructional implementation in the district. He has also directed the management of the district’s facilities and instructional budgets.

Prior to joining Texans Can, Ponce was superintendent of schools for the McAllen, Texas, school district. While with McAllen, Ponce was honored as a Top Five State Finalist in the 2013 Texas Association of Superintendents’ State of Texas Superintendent of the Year award. Before becoming a superintendent, he held positions as a teacher, principal, area superintendent and deputy chief of staff in the Dallas Independent School District. 

More recently, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ponce led the design and management of the district’s virtual learning and safety program. He and his team worked tirelessly to implement academic programs and place crucial technology in students’ hands. An urban educator, Ponce recognized customized software solutions, innovative instructional plans, and methods of connection called for immediate development and deployment to keep students engaged and learning.

Texans Can looks forward to the future under Dr. Ponce’s leadership. 

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021