Dr. Adam StarkeDirectorState and Federal Programs
Academic Services Division915.937.1601
Dr. Starke was raised in El Paso, Texas and has always been passionate about his city and proud to be a part of the community. He is a product of El Paso’s public education system, having graduated from Eastwood High School in 1992. Dr. Starke has earned Bachelor of Arts (1995), Master of Education (1999), and Doctor of Education (2016) degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso. He also possesses Texas educator certifications for teacher, principal, and superintendent.
Dr. Starke is in his 23rd year of public education service in the greater El Paso area and is in his 17th year of educational administration. He began his career as a special education teacher in Ysleta Independent School District, working at both Bel Air High School and Parkland High School from 1996 to 2002. He became an assistant principal in the San Elizario Independent School District in 2002, and served in that capacity at Lorenzo G. Alarcon Elementary School and Lorenzo G. Loya Primary School from 2002 to 2006. In 2007, Dr. Starke was promoted to At-Risk/District Testing Coordinator in the San Elizario ISD central office, and in 2008 was once again promoted to an administrative position overseeing research and evaluation. Dr. Starke contributed a great deal to San Elizario ISD and continues to work to provide effective leadership and guidance to all stakeholders in Socorro ISD. He has mentored a number of teachers and assistant principals during his 16 years in educational administration, and has established himself as a valuable resource to his colleagues and his superiors. Dr. Starke holds a firm belief that every student is a treasure waiting to be opened, and that the persons with the right key to unlock their potential are those who must be placed in the charge of their education at all levels of the public education system.
Dr. Starke has been proudly married to his wife, Isela, a second grade teacher, for 15 years. They are proud residents of Socorro ISD with one daughter, Nayely Isela Starke, age 12, who attends seventh grade in SISD. Dr. Starke’s parents are retired as educators from El Paso Community College, and he is proud to continue to build on his family’s tradition of service to our region’s students.
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