IDEA Public Schools announces new executive director for Permian Basin region

IDEA Public Schools, a leading public charter school network committed to preparing all students for success in college and beyond, is pleased to announce the appointment of Annette Macias as the executive director of IDEA Public Schools in the Permian Basin. In this role, Macias will oversee the day-to-day operations, academic achievement and develop strategies to enhance the region beginning at the start of the 2024-25 school year.

Born and raised in the Permian Basin, Macias is a distinguished educational leader, holding a Ph.D. in Education Leadership Policy from Texas Tech University, a master’s degree in special education, and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Multicultural Studies from the University of Texas Permian Basin.

She most recently served students in the largest urban school district in Texas, Houston ISD. In her 27-year career in education, Macias’ experience spans in positions such as Executive Director for School Improvement, Director of Student Support, principal, and bilingual teacher.

“Dr. Macias is deeply dedicated to serving families and ensuring all children have an equal opportunity to obtain an excellent education,” Jeff Cottrill, superintendent and CEO of IDEA Public Schools, said in a news release. “Her leadership and commitment to excellence are clear in everything she has accomplished in her professional career, and I have no doubt that she will lead IDEA Permian Basin to great success.”

IDEA Public Schools launched its Permian Basin region in 2020 and proudly serves students at its two campuses, IDEA Travis Academy and College Preparatory and IDEA Yukon Academy and College Preparatory. In partnership with Midland Independent School District, IDEA Travis is currently open to students in Midland grades Pre-K through 10. IDEA Yukon, located in Odessa, is open to grades kindergarten through ninth.

Macias succeeds Bethany Solis in the Executive Director position. Solis will continue to serve IDEA Public Schools as its newest Vice President of College Completion.