Cristina Benavides, Principal

Cris Benavides joined Western Hills Elementary School in 2015, following 11 years of service within the El Paso Independent School District. Her career began at Rusk Elementary, where she taught 2nd grade, was the Literacy Coach and later moved up as the Instructional Site Specialist for the school. She left the district for 5 years as a business consultant for a private company and supported schools with math and reading intervention products. Mrs. Benavides was   named assistant principal for Polk Elementary from 2011-2013. She also served as assistant principal at Schuster Elementary for one year, before joining us here at Western Hills Elementary.

Mrs. Benavides grew up in El Paso, Texas and attended schools in the Ysleta Independent School District, graduating from Bel Air High School. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of El Paso in Business and later received her certification in Education with a specialization in reading. This specialty area informs her leadership and teaching approach, she views literacy as the foundation of academic progress. Mrs. Benavides earned her master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, as an Educational Instructional Site Specialist with an Emphasis in Dual Language.

Mrs. Benavides views a collaborative school environment as the key to creating successful teachers and students. She believes partnerships with parents and community partners are essential to enriching the experience here at Western Hills Elementary.

Mrs. Benavides has been married for 34 years, has two daughters, one grandchild and three dogs. She enjoys reading, walking her dogs, and spending time with family.