Meet our Leadership Team

Phone: (817) 814-4500

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Mrs. Castañeda

PRINCIPAL

Mrs. Castañeda has served the families, teachers, and students of Fort Worth ISD over the past 11 years through various roles that include bilingual classroom teacher, new teacher induction specialist, and most recently as assistant principal. She is a strong advocate for children and wholeheartedly believes that every student deserves a quality and equitable education which can only be achieved through our school and families working together for the best interest of our students.  She is honored to have been selected to join the Manuel Jara family and community! 

Phone: (817) 814-4500

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Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Collins

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Mrs. Collins has been an educator in Fort Worth ISD for over 20 years.  She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Mrs. Collins has worked as a prevention specialist, classroom teacher, content specialist and currently as the assistant principal at Manuel Jara Elementary School.

Phone: (817) 814-4500

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Ms. Durand

DATA ANALYST

Ms. Durand is begninning her 10th year in public education.  She holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of California, San Diego, a Master of Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin University, and a certificate in School Management and Leadership from the Harvard Gruadaute Schools of Education and Business.  Ms. Durand has worked as a classroom teacher and is now excited to join the team at Manuel Jara as the campus Data Analyst.