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School Leadership

Dr. Brandon Thurston



Dr. Thurston earned an undergraduate degree in education from Henderson State University and was an elementary teacher. 


He earned a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and then served in assistant principal and principal roles in Texas districts. Dr. Thurston has presented at state and national conferences and earned a doctoral degree from Texas A&M University-Texarkana.


Currently, Dr. Thurston is the principal at Mendez Middle School in Austin, Texas where he is excited to lead intense school improvement efforts.

Jasmine Torian

Assistant Principal

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Jasmine Torain is Assistant Principle at Mendez Middle School. She is passionate about working with marginalized communities to promote academic growth and future success. 


Jasmine believes in all the TFS core values, but the 6th core value especially resonates with her, "we value equity and commit to reducing inequities inherent in the education system." Jasmine understands how inequity impacts Black and Brown students and understands how the current school system structure fosters inequity.


Jasmine holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is also a current Ph.D. student focusing on cultural responsiveness. She has presented at education conferences such as AERA and ATE to discuss implicit bias in the teacher profession.

Jeremiah Willis

Assistant Principal

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Photo and bio coming soon!

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