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ECHS/T-STEM Director's Message

      As the new Director of the Early College / T-STEM High School at Economedes, I welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year!  It is my sincere pleasure and honor to join this remarkable and diverse school community. I am anticipating a successful and rewarding school year, and I look forward to collaborating with the dedicated staff, parents and community to provide an exceptional educational experience for ECHS/T-STEM students. The ECHS/T-STEM program has a short, but rich history of excellence due to the high level of academic achievement, which is a direct result of the commitment of the school’s staff and parents who provide a diverse experiences for our students. The goal is to provide an enriching, engaging, and challenging curriculum that will prepare students for success. I firmly believe that students, parents, and teachers all play a vital role in helping students reach their greatest potential. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the many resources and opportunities available to them including the library, computer labs, school spirit days, student council, after school academic and athletic offerings.  Parents have access to view the academic progress regularly via our Skyward parent portal. The community participates in the different school events that are posted on the school’s website. At Economedes, we do not take lightly our responsibility in ensuring your children experience a highly-engaging educational experience in a safe and nurturing environment. I thank you for entrusting your children to the ECHS/T-STEM staff. I am truly honored to be appointed to this position and to continue to offer the a rigorous educational program for our students. Those who know me know that I have an open door policy, and I welcome your questions, concerns, and comments at any time.

ECHS/T-STEM Statement

Vision Statement: 

Prepare every student with life skills and college readiness for the 21st Century Workforce.

Mission Statement: 

Economedes T-STEM Early College will empower students to think critically, reflectively and apply their knowledge and skills to a greater context.  T-STEM students will experience unique opportunities through T-STEM education with rigorous and relevant hands on investigations, through project-based instruction, highly integrated curriculum and relationships with the school community, higher education, technical and business partners.

College Partnership

South Texas College Memorandum of Understanding (MOU.pdf)


Crosswalk (Economedes ECHS and STC Standardized Instructional Plan-CROSSWALK.pdf)

ECHS & T-STEM Applications and Information

ECHS/T-STEM Meetings

T-STEM Presentation

STEM Motivational Video

TSI Information

Resources for parents, student, & community:

ECHS Instructional Framework
Parent's Check List
9th Grade Checklist
10th Grade Checklist
11th Grade Checklist
12th Grade Checklist
South Texas College Library
Road to Success
Financial Aid information
ECHS Community Service Log
STC Dual 2 Degree PPT Presentation

College Planning Resources:

You Can Go to College!
SAT Practice
Generation Texas
South Texas College
STC JagNet
Importance of TSI Assessment

Student Portfolios: 



Student Internships & Volunteer Opportunities:





Instructional Resources

Science/ Technology/Engineering/ Mathematics

Leadership Team Bios

Juan Saavedra, ECHS/T-STEM Director

 Mr. Juan Saavedra is the Director of ECHS/T-STEM at Economedes. He has been part of the administrative team for the past 10 years.  He received a Master's degree from the University of Texas-Pan American and undergraduate degree in Mathematics from St. Edward's  University in Austin, Texas. His expertise and experience with the school's dynamics make him a valuable and key component in promoting a rigorous and a college going culture.


Carmel Canales, ECHS/T-STEM Counselor


Ms. Carmel Canales is the ECHS/T-STEM counselor at Economedes. 

ECHS / T-STEM Faculty

Martin Aguayo, Jr.

Advanced Placement- World History


Vannessa Alvarado

Advanced Placement- US History


Sonia Arambula

Pre-Advanced Placement Spanish II

Anthony Campos

Advanced Placement- Macroeconomics, Economics, DE
Instructional Coach/Lead Teacher

Clarisa Carrizales

Pre-Advanced Placement Chemistry


Alyssa Flores

Advanced Placement Calculus, Statistics, DE

Pre-Advanced Placement Algebra II


Christina Garza

Advanced Placement English L & C, DE


Elizabeth Haskins

Advanced Placement Spanish


Nohemi S. Hernandez

Advanced Placement L & C, Literature, DE

Alejandro Herrera

Advanced Placement Spanish, Spanish II, Spanish Literature


Steve Lopez

T-STEM- Biology, Pre-Advanced Placement Environmental Science


Dr. William Morely

DE Speech and Instructional Coach/Lead Teacher

Felix Ochoa

Principles of Applied Engineering, Robotics, AC/DC Electronics


Elizabeth Pedraza

 Advanced Placement Biology DEMore

Georgina Pena

Pre-Advanced Placement English II


Eric Perkins


Pre-Advanced Placement Biology


Delia Perez

Advanced Placement U.S. Government & Politics, DE


Sheila M. Ramirez

Pre-Advanced Placement English IIMore

Abraham Rodriguez

Advanced Placement Humanities Geography and Pre- Advance Placement World Geography, T-STEM


Marco Sanchez

Art I APP for Early College High School


Waldo Sonnen

Advanced Placement Calculus AB, Pre-Calculus, DE


Hector Vazquez

Pre-Advanced Placement ChemistryMore

Armando Villa

Pre-Advanced Placement Algebra I Advanced, Geometry


Nondiscrimination Statement:
It is the policy of Edinburg CISD not to discriminate on the basis of sex, age, handicap, religion, race, color, or national origin in its educational programs.
Es poliza del Distrito Escolar de Edinburg el no discriminar por razones con base en sexo, edad, religion, raza, color origen nacional, ni discapacidad dentro de sus programas educacionales.

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