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Jessica Cherry

Assistant Principal, 10th, Campus Behavior Coordinator

Room: T120

I have been in the education field since 2012. I spent a year at Dobie Middle School in my graduate program and then started at Eastside Early College High School in 2013. I taught science at Eastside for nine years - eight of those years on what is now the LASA campus!

I earned my BA in Biology from Texas State University in 2005. After college, I was ready for some adventure and moved to Maui, where I worked as both a bike tour guide on Mount Haleakala and a zipline tour guide in Maui's upcountry. My husband, Greg, and I met on Haleakala - he worked for a rival bike tour company. Very Romeo and Juliet, but with happier outcomes.

We moved to Denver in 2009 for a bit of a change of scenery. Here I got my first taste of teaching while working as a nanny for a couple of years. Eventually, I was ready to move back home to Texas to be closer to family and start a career, so I applied to graduate school at my alma mater. I was accepted, and we moved to Austin in 2012, so I could pursue my Master of Secondary Education degree, and here we are today!

We have two kids, one dog, and two cats - who keep us very busy! I enjoy spending time outside, taking the kids on mini-adventures, listening to audiobooks, and getting together with family and friends.

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Stacia Crescenzi

Principal, Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Campus Behavioral Coordinator

Room: Front Office

Ms. Crescenzi’s path to the LASA principalship was a bit unconventional. After returning to the US after an over two-year tour as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bushenyi District Uganda, Ms. Crescenzi worked as the Director of Children’s Therapy for a shelter that welcomed families experiencing domestic abuse. At the same time, she began teaching social work and psychology courses adjunct for the University of New Mexico, Gallup branch. Her success as a professor led her to be recruited to Rio Grande City, Texas to help open South Texas Community College as one of their first psychology professors.

After a few years in the Rio Grande Valley, the Music Capital of the World’s more cosmopolitan environment was calling Ms. Crescenzi’s name. She moved up to Austin and started her career with AISD. She went from teaching psychology to college students to teaching science and language arts to sixth graders at Dobie Middle School. In her fourth year, Ms. Crescenzi was named AISD’s Teacher of the Year. She then went back to school herself to obtain her administrator’s certification. She spent six years as an Assistant Principal and Academy Director at Lanier High School (now Navarro High School). She joined the LASA family in June of 2011.

When Ms. Crescenzi is not working with LASA staff, students, and families she enjoys reading, old fashion vinyl and playing strategy board games. Her favorite game used to be Pandemic Legacy….but not so much anymore.

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San Czaplinski

Academy Director, 11th, Campus Behavior Coordinator

Room: 504

San Czaplinski has been an Assistant Principal at LASA for many years. During her first year, she taught two classes of Spanish III along with being an AP.

Ms. Czaplinski earned her B.A. from Southwest Texas State University in Spanish and English. After teaching Spanish I-V for fourteen years at Connally High School, Ms. Czaplinski earned her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Concordia University.

Ms. Czaplinski loves to go Glamping (camping with A/C) with her husband and son. She spends as many holidays as possible with her four brothers, three sisters, and countless nieces and nephews at her mother's home. As odd as this may sound, she relaxes by cleaning and organizing things around her!

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Neno December

Interim Assistant Principal, 12th

Room: G209

Neno December has been in education since 2016 and started at LASA in 2019. He is passionate about education and looks forward to continuing to serve LASA students, families, and staff.
Mr. December earned his undergraduate degrees from Loyola University of Chicago in Anthropology, Biology, and Philosophy. He also holds graduate degrees in Business Administration and Educational Leadership from Western Governors University and the American College of Education.
When not working, Mr. December enjoys spending time with his dog (her name is Thunder), playing guitar, watching documentaries, and listening to podcasts.

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Jodi Granado

Assistant Principal, 9th

Room: 700

Jodi Granado is a first-generation college graduate from small-town Texas. She is a proud Longhorn with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas and earned her M.Ed. in Educational Administration during the pandemic. After serving as AP for Elgin Early College H.S., Granado is excited to return home to AISD and the very same building where her journey began in 2015! She holds fond memories of the seven years she taught Algebra and coached basketball at Eastside Early College H.S. and she’s excited to make new memories at LASA. Granado has a true passion for education and empowerment. After a transformative year doing mission work in El Salvador, Granado and her wife co-founded the Niñas Arriba College Fund to empower young women in Central America. When not at school, Granado can be found supporting her favorite sports teams from UT women’s basketball to football to the USWNT. She is a true coach at heart and she looks forward to using her skills as a LASA Raptor!