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Northeast Times | January 31, 2023

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Irving ISD Hires Division Director of State and Federal Programs

Irving ISD Hires Division Director of State and Federal Programs

Fernando Natividad, the current director of instructional services and at-risk programs in Lake Dallas ISD, has been named Irving ISD’s division director of state and federal programs. Natividad brings 14 years of experience as an educator, including positions as an elementary school principal, high school assistant principal and associate principal as well as a central office administrator. He begins his new role in Irving on October 13.

“Mr. Natividad is a dedicated and passionate educator who will be a tremendous asset to Team Irving,” says Associate Superintendent of Schools, Adam Grinage, Ed.D. “He has the leadership skills necessary to effectively lead the state and federal programs staff in their efforts to support and enhance the learning opportunities for all students in our district. The administration is confident that Mr. Natividad will meet the high level of expectations that have been set for all students and staff in the Irving ISD and welcomes him to the district.”
In Lake Dallas ISD, Natividad was responsible for federal programs and grants as well as collaborating with the curriculum and instruction department to provide leadership to the overall instructional program. In Irving ISD, Natividad will oversee the early childhood, world languages and language and parent services departments while managing the state and federal funding programs such as Title I, Title II, Title III and State Compensatory Education funds.

Prior to his central office role in Lake Dallas ISD, Natividad worked as the associate principal for Lake Dallas High School. Before that, he worked in Denton ISD as a high school teacher and assistant principal at Billy Ryan High School (RHS). His experience also includes serving as principal of Vista Academy of Dallas, a charter school in Pleasant Grove.

“I am honored by this opportunity given to me by Dr. Parra and Dr. Grinage of joining such a talented team,” says Natividad. “I am also overjoyed to know that I will be a part of something special, as even greater things are coming to Irving ISD.”

An accomplished educator, Natividad has been recognized for his work to develop and implement an accelerated math program for ESL students at RHS and was named “Rookie Teacher of the Year” there in 2001. He is also credited with creating P.A.Co.S., Program for At-Risk Students College Solution which identifies, nurtures, educates and prepares high-achieving, at-risk students on their quest to achieve a college education. Natividad is also responsible for increasing parental involvement, community collaboration and developing a “say no to drugs and violence” program.

Natividad earned his educational leadership/principal certification from Texas Woman’s University, a Master of Science in economics from the University of North Texas, a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas and his bachelor’s degree from Coahuila State University in Mexico.