Director Muniz served 25 years in public education prior to accepting the position at WAIS, including 10 years in Spring Branch ISD. Before the WAIS appointment, she served as a principal at Bunker Hill Elementary School Principal for the past decade.
Earlier in her career, Director Muniz worked as an assistant principal at a junior high and elementary school in San Marcos Consolidated ISD. She has also been a counselor and teacher at the elementary and middle school levels in Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.
Her education qualifications are many. She earned a bachelor of arts in education and a master of education in counseling from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. She has also earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Houston.
“Westchester Academy for International Studies is a very special place with a unique culture, a great history, and a regional and national reputation for excellence,” she said. “I embrace opportunities to do things differently while honoring traditions and values held by the community. I commit to bringing this spirit and dedication to the staff and students at WAIS.”
Victoria J. Andrews
Assistant Director for Grades 6-8
Hi WAIS students, staff, and families!
I am excited and grateful to join the Westchester family as the Middle School Assistant Director.
I have called Houston home since attending the University of Houston (Go Coogs) to earn my Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. During my time at UH, I discovered my passion for learning, students, and service while volunteering as an after-school mentor.
After graduation in 2008, I joined the students and staff at The Rice School/ La Escuela Rice, a magnet school in Houston Independent School District. Throughout my time there, my roles ranged from 6th grade Language Arts teacher and 3rd grade teacher to middle school Reading Interventionist. Additionally, in my seven years at The Rice School, I was the National Junior Honor Society and Cheerleading sponsor.
In 2014 I earned my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas and served as a Dean at Energy Institute High School, another magnet school in HISD. During my four years with Energy, I paired students with summer programs based on their unique interests, developed an internship program, coordinated field trips, and worked closely with the community and industry partners.
When I am not working with students, I love checking off destinations from my travel list, dining at new restaurants in Houston, searching for the perfect cupcake, working out with friends, or spending time with my family. I also love meeting new people, and can’t wait to get to know you!
I am beyond grateful and excited to call Westchester home.
Assistant Director for Grades 9-12
I grew up in Liverpool, New York, which is a suburb of Syracuse. I have been in education in some capacity for 28 years. I graduated Cum Laude from the State University of New York College at Cortland with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Minor in Music. I also received a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction from that same college.
I began my teaching career at Bear Road Elementary in the North Syracuse Central School District happily teaching students first in 4th, then 2nd, and finally 5th grade. After many years in elementary school, I felt it was time for a new challenge, and transferred to Roxboro Road Middle School where I first taught Social Studies and Math to 5th graders, and then Language Arts and Math to 6th graders until my family moved to Houston.
In July of 2001 my husband and I moved to Houston, and began our new life in this wonderful city. My Spring Branch career began at Northbrook Middle School where I taught 6th grade Math. Then I became the Math School Improvement Specialist at Pine Shadows Elementary. While working at PSE, I received my Principal’s Certificate from the University of St. Thomas in Educational Administration.
Before joining the Westchester Academy family in the fall of 2013, I was an Assistant Principal at Bunker Hill Elementary, a Principal at Pine Shadows Elementary, and a Data Specialist in the Accountability and Research Department, all in SBISD.
Personally, I have been married to my husband Michael for 24 years. We have two very spoiled cats who rule the roost,Scotty, and Felix. In my free time I enjoy making jewelry, reading, knitting, hunting, and all types of crafts. I am very fortunate to call Houston my home and work at Westchester Academy.