Sylvia E. Fuentes, the first recipient of the Dallas Association of Counselors’ Principal of the Year award and recognized as Principal of the Year by the Association of Hispanic School Administrators of Dallas, has been named to the board of Drug Prevention Resources.
Fuentes, who believes relationship building is key to the success of school communities, has served as a turnaround principal for every school level in urban areas of Dallas. She also has experience in central office administration.
“Sylvia has a unique vantage point in what works and doesn’t work when it comes to serving students within a school system,” says Becky Vance, Drug Prevention Resources president and CEO. “Our school-based prevention programs and her institutional perspective are a perfect combination to provide the best services we can to families in North Texas. Plus, Sylvia understands the role our programs play in enhancing academic achievement, having previously collaborated with us in schools where she served as principal.”
Drug Prevention Resources (DPR) continues to be a leader in the prevention field, regularly updating approaches to provide the latest strategies for youth, families and communities to be safer, healthier and drug-free. DPR was the first prevention non-profit in Texas and celebrated 80 years of service in 2015.
Although the agency has regularly responded to statewide initiatives, its primary focus is on high-risk populations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Sylvia E. Fuentes is an educational consultant with Stetson and Associates, Inc. She also served as vice president of Adults Relating to Kids, (ARK), a non-profit in Houston that teaches adults how to better relate to children, in the classroom and at home, to maximize student success.
She holds a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Texas and is pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Fuentes lives in Dallas.