Assistant Principal

A Message from DEANA Ratnala, HCE assistant Principal

Hello, Cougars!

I'm very excited to be a member of the Hunters Creek Elementary family.  It is my belief that education should enrich each student as an individual.  It is our responsibility as educators to teach our children to become independent thinkers, empowering them to seek and interconnect knowledge, and ultimately to become lifelong learners.  We are also role models for our students, and as such, I strongly believe that we should lead them by example in treating others with dignity and respect.

I have always loved learning and I strive to do so each and every day.  I received my bachelor's degree from Texas State University (still hard to say, as it will always be Southwest Texas to me), and my master's in educational leadership from St. Thomas University.

Throughout my 15 years in education, I have taught at both the elementary and middle school level and was also an instructional coach, working directly with teachers to help grow their craft and create targeted lessons to reach all of their children.  

I was born in Michigan, but moved to Texas when I was five.  I grew up in San Antonio (Go Spurs, Go!), and I still go there often to spend time with my parents.  I moved to Houston in 2009, when I was blessed to meet my wonderful husband. We have an adorable Japanese Chin named Penny, who melts our hearts and makes us laugh every day.  

We are sports fans, and always look forward to football season to root for the Houston Texans and the Longhorns. We also love to learn, so our favorite vacation spots usually include museum visits in places like Washington D.C., or revolve around exploring the world's natural beauty, preferably in the mountains where it is cooler!  In my free time I enjoying reading, exercising, dining out, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Here's to another great school year...let the journey begin!!!