Executive Director, Lower Valley
Jill Dominguez received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of the Uteach program.
After graduation, Jill joined Teach for America in the Rio Grande Valley where she taught physics and chemistry at Pace High School. In 2006, she became a founding math teacher at IDEA Frontier College Prep in Brownsville. That same year, she also received the Exxon Mobil Teaching Award.
Jill proceeded to teach physics and chemistry at IDEA Frontier, helping her students achieve exceptional results, and served as the Science Department Head. In 2007, Jill became the grade-level team leader. In addition to planning and leading the college field lesson, she also helped two students attend the Democratic National Convention through National Junior Statesman. In 2008, Jill became IDEA Frontier College Prep’s Assistant Principal, coaching teachers to record-breaking results.
Jill became IDEA Frontier College Prep’s Principal in December 2010, leading the school to a state Exemplary rating and Texas Business and Education Coalition Awards for being in the top 1% of schools in the state. Under her leadership, IDEA Frontier College Prep significantly improved their ACT scores, doubling the number of students scoring at the college-ready benchmark and tripling the number of students scoring above a 24 in one year. In 2010, Jill also received her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Columbia University Teacher’s College.
The 6th graders that Jill taught during the opening year of IDEA Frontier recently graduated from high school and are off to colleges including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas at Brownsville. Jill lives in Brownsville with her two dogs, Dash and Chaney. She is honored to serve as a Vice President of Schools at IDEA and continue to send 100% of graduates to college each year.