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Principal’s Biographies

Living most of her life and graduating High School from Sterling City, Debra Ledbetter - Campus Director for San Angelo Elementary - was able to experience many life lessons through academics and athletics. In 1979, she began her college education in San Angelo at Angelo State University (ASU). Mrs. Ledbetter graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1983 and soon began her teaching career.


Starting in her own hometown, Mrs. Ledbetter spent the next 18 years teaching in Sterling City and then moved to Ballinger and taught 8 years there. In 2009, she and her husband felt the call to move to San Angelo and help start Texas Leadership of San Angelo. This was a very exciting adventure to step out in faith and begin a new chapter in their lives. 


As a teacher, Mrs. Ledbetter’s experience includes twenty-seven years in the classroom with twenty-four of those being spent serving Kindergarten and First Grade students. She has spent six years as a Reading Interventionist, the Dean of Academics for the Texas Leadership Elementary campus, and now presently the Campus Director at the Elementary.


“I have always enjoyed teaching and seeing the students learn and grow. It has been and always will be my desire to make a difference in the lives of our children and their families as well as our Texas Leadership staff.  I have been blessed by my experiences and will strive to help continue to create a positive learning environment for each and every student.”

"Years ago, I met a preacher here in San Angelo who told me, 'If you stay long enough to get West Texas sand in your boots, you’ll want to stay forever.'"  This southeast Texan native was skeptical, but over time he found that there is definitely some truth to that statement.


Mr. Eric Haire is originally from Deer Park, Texas, which is home of San Jacinto (the real birthplace of Texas). There, he attended Deer Park schools as well as Faith Christian Academy in Pasadena, TX. He later studied counseling/psychology at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in Waxahachie, TX where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree.

Upon graduation, Mr. Haire worked for Juvenile Services in Ellis County before seeking his teacher certification. During his tenure in juvenile services, he began to feel that he could make a greater difference by working with students to help them make wise choices and become future leaders within their community.


Not long after acquiring his teacher certification, he moved to San Angelo and began teaching for San Angelo ISD. Over the next eleven years, he taught hundreds of students in San Angelo and built many friendships along the way. In 2011, he earned a Master’s Degree from Angelo State University in Educational Administration. In the summer of 2016, he left the classroom and joined TLCA as the Middle School Principal and in 2018 became the Assistant Principal at the San Angelo Elementary. It was then in 2019 he became the Kinder- 2nd grade Principal.


“I enjoy what I do! I feel that my school is the best place to be in all of San Angelo and West Texas. Along with my wife, Lindsey, and our four beautiful daughters, we enjoy the opportunity to be a part of the great things happening here at TLCA.”

Biography To Come!