Nidia Cedillo was named as the new principal for Plano ISD’s Weatherford Elementary School at a board meeting May 5.

Cedillo comes to Plano ISD with sixteen years of education experience. Most recently, she served as an assistant principal for six years at Webb Elementary in McKinney ISD. She has also taught second, third and fifth grades as a bilingual teacher and an instructional coach.

“I've talked to the superintendent there [at McKinney ISD,] and he's not very happy with me today, but he understands that great candidates find places to shine in other places, and Nidia is going to come and shine in Plano,” PISD Superintendent Sara Bonser said at the meeting.

Cedillo is a doctoral student at Southern Methodist University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Bilingual Education from Texas Woman’s University and her Master of Educational Administration from The University of North Texas.

“I believe in building relationships first and that before we can teach and learn, we have to touch hearts,” Cedillo said in a May 6 release. “Now more than ever, it is these core values that have helped ground me.”

Cedillo is a Plano resident, where she lives with her husband, Gus, their fourth-grade daughter and their two dogs. She and her family watched the stream of the board meeting from home, Bonser said.

“As a military brat and a daughter of an English learner, it was the great teachers who allowed me to embrace who I was as I navigated different countries, cultures and languages,” Cedillo said in the release. “It was those experiences that guided my core values of family, commitment, communication, courage and compassion.”

Cedillo will assume the position of principal after the current principal of Weatherford Elementary, Ben Benavides, retires.

“Welcome to Plano ISD,” Bonser said to Cedillo. “Thank you for becoming a principal with us. ... We are thrilled to have you with us.”