Spring ISD welcomes district employee, former sports reporter to administrator positions

On Jan. 11, Miguel Perez was named Spring ISD's new chief of schools. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
On Jan. 11, Miguel Perez was named Spring ISD's new chief of schools. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)

On Jan. 11, Miguel Perez was named Spring ISD's new chief of schools. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Lester Gretsch was announced as Spring ISD's new chief of communication on Jan. 11. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)

Spring ISD leaders named the new chief of schools and chief of communications at the district’s school board meeting on Jan. 11.

Miguel Perez will be filling the chief of schools role, which has remained open since Lupita Hinojosa left the position in 2020 for her current role as chief of innovation and equity. Perez previously served as assistant superintendent of administration for SISD.

“There are going to be challenges, and we're gonna work together to make sure that we overcome and have a successful academic experience for all of our scholars,” Perez said.

Perez has a bachelor's in business administration, a Master of Education degree, a Master of Business Administration and a doctorate in education.


Lester Gretsch was named the new chief of communication for SISD, replacing Sylvia Woods, who left the position in September. Previously, Gretsch worked in media marketing for 15 years, working for the Houston Dynamo FC and as a sports anchor/radio personality for Univision.



“The skills that I bring to the table are varied, and I hope that they will be put to good use in a very noble endeavor,” Gretsch said.

Gretsch is trilingual—speaking English, Spanish and German—and holds a bachelor's degree in communication.


On Jan. 6, Hinojosa was named the lone finalist for SISD’s superintendent position. She will be taking over the superintendent role Feb. 1.

As of Jan. 12, district officials had not yet decided who will replace Hinojosa in the innovation and equity position, Communications Director Kristen Cobb said.

By Emily Lincke

Reporter, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Emily joined Community Impact Newspaper in August 2021 after working for a small town newspaper in El Campo, TX for two years. Before that, she interned and freelanced for the Houston Chronicle and worked as a freelance photographer and writer in the Houston area. A controversial fact about Emily is that she prefers sugar cookies over chocolate chip cookies. She graduated with a print journalism degree from the University of Houston in 2018.