Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Secondary Education and Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Pauline Sampson

Second Advisor

Dr. Janet Tareilo

Third Advisor

Dr. Patrick Jenlink


In Texas, there is an increase of the Hispanic population and not a significant increase in Hispanic administrators. Women remain underrepresented in the principalship with even less representation of Hispanics. With an increasing number of Hispanic students, it is vital to ensure there is a representation to be an advocate for these children. Hopefully, this information will provide connection, relativity, and give a sense of hope to aspiring female minority principals and the Hispanic community. The purpose of this narrative non-fiction study was to enable four Mexican-American female principals in predominantly Hispanic elementary campuses to reveal their stories of their career paths, barriers experiences throughout their career, factors contributing to their success, and their influences of being a Mexican-American female principal. Data collection included three levels of semi-structured interviews. Themes from the four narrative stories were examined, and an analysis of narratives was completed to draw conclusions pertaining to the career paths of Mexican-American female elementary principals. Their stories provide a voice to encourage other Hispanic females to consider the principalship or other administrative roles. This narrative non-fiction study explored the experiences of four Mexican-American female elementary principals in Texas

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