Only one open-concept school still remains in Fort Bend ISD. Meadows Elementary is a very unique place that takes this concept of teachers and students collaborating in an “open” atmosphere and creates a true community of learning. At the school’s helm is Principal Irma Cobos, a very unique leader who has embraced the open concept and ensured that students and teachers thrive in this team-like, cooperative setting.
Cobos has been awarded for her unique leadership, as well as her dedication to her faculty and students, by being named the 2012 Elementary Principal of the Year.
“Irma Cobos is an exceptional instructional leader who was nominated and selected for the FBISD Elementary Principal of the Year by her peers, which is an honor in itself,” said Dr. Timothy Jenney, superintendent. “We are proud that she will receive special recognition at a Region 4 awards ceremony.”
Cobos is in her 10th year at Meadows and has been in education for 32 years.
“I love my job,” Cobos said. “I came to Fort Bend ISD as a young lady, and the District has always had great leaders who helped groom and encourage me. It really has been a natural progression in my career to get me to where I am today.”
While Cobos admits that being a principal is the most challenging job, she stresses that being a people person and truly valuing each member of her faculty is the key to being successful. She gets to know each faculty member personally, and she’s also invested in her students’ lives.
“We have very little turnover at our school, and this helps with continuity of the overall instruction and with the students,” she said. “I love to watch the transformation of the students over their years here. They may come in as underachievers or with behavior problems. But I watch them change and see that they want to do their best. It’s what we expect here.”
Cobos enjoys eating lunch with her students once or twice a week so she can talk with them and show them she cares. She also likes to assemble with the students in the mornings because it makes for a good start to the day.
As principal, Cobos said there is no such thing as a typical day and that it can get overwhelming. She credits her strong staff and the classroom teachers who are making a difference every day for keeping things running smoothly.
“The mayor of the City of Meadows says that our school is the heartbeat of the community,” Cobos said. “We are like a small town here and have a huge track record of success. I don’t ever want to let this school down.”
Cobos will be recognized in June at the Principals of the Year Banquet, held by the Region 4 Education Service Center.