Stacia Crescenzi


Ms. Crescenzi’s path to the LASA principalship was a bit unconventional. After returning to the US after an over two-year tour as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bushenyi District Uganda, Ms. Crescenzi worked as the Director of Children’s Therapy for a shelter that welcomed families experiencing domestic abuse. At the same time, she began teaching social work and psychology courses adjunct for the University of New Mexico, Gallup branch. Her success as a professor led her to be recruited to Rio Grande City, Texas to help open South Texas Community College as one of their first psychology professors.

After a few years in the Rio Grande Valley, the Music Capital of the World’s more cosmopolitan environment was calling Ms. Crescenzi’s name. She moved up to Austin and started her career with AISD. She went from teaching psychology to college students to teaching science and language arts to sixth graders at Dobie Middle School. In her fourth year, Ms. Crescenzi was named AISD’s Teacher of the Year. She then went back to school herself to obtain her administrator’s certification. She spent six years as an Assistant Principal and Academy Director at Lanier High School (now Navarro High School). She joined the LASA family in June of 2011.

When Ms. Crescenzi is not working with LASA staff, students, and families she enjoys reading, old fashion vinyl and playing strategy board games. Her favorite game used to be Pandemic Legacy….but not so much anymore.

Undergraduate Education:

The Pennsylvania State University

(Majors in Psychology, Rehabilitative Services Education)

Graduate Education:

Northwestern University (Majors in Counseling Psychology, Education)

University of Texas at Austin (Major in Education Administration)

San Czaplinski

Assistant Principal

(10-12, M-Z)

San Czaplinski has been an Assistant Principal at LASA for the last eight years. During her first year, she taught two classes of Spanish III along with being an AP.

Ms. Czaplinski earned her B.A. from Southwest Texas State University in Spanish and English. After teaching Spanish I-V for fourteen years at Connally High School, Ms. Czaplinski earned her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Concordia University.

Ms. Czaplinski loves to go Glamping (camping with A/C) with her husband and son. She spends as many holidays as possible with her four brothers, three sisters, and countless nieces and nephews at her mother's home. As odd as this may sound, she relaxes by cleaning and organizing things around her!

Andy Paulson

Academy Director

(10-12 A-L)

I was born in St. James MN. Attended college at Augustana College and my Masters from Texas State University. I have two children. My daughter attends UT and my son is a sophomore at Westlake High School. LASA is a great place to work and I enjoy being part of the admin team at LASA and the faculty at LASA High School.

Alexandra Salinas

Assistant Principal

9th Grade

Alexandra Salinas has been with LASA for seven years; four years teaching AP Biology and 9th grade Pre-AP Biology and three years as an Assistant Principal. Prior to joining the LASA team, Ms. Salinas spent three years teaching AP Environmental Science and Pre-AP Biology at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center in Dallas.

Ms. Salinas discovered her interest in teaching began when she served as a teaching assistant for Physical Anthropology lab sections as an undergraduate attending Kansas State University, where she ultimately earned a B.S. in Biology and Anthropology. Ms. Salinas continued to learn about human genetics as a graduate student at SUNY Binghamton where she obtained an M.A. in Anthropology, focusing on molecular anthropology of the Pacific Islands. After establishing her high school teaching career, Ms. Salinas earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas-Arlington with the intent of transitioning into a leadership role.

Ms. Salinas lives outside of Austin with her husband, two young children, and food-obsessed cat. When she isn't working or cleaning up children's art projects, Ms. Salinas enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and brainwashing her children into loving science.