martha escalante

Principal- Dr. Martha

I started my professional career in Aldine as a parent volunteer, when my son’s teacher suggested for me to become a teacher aide; one year later I was already teaching after completing an alternative certification program at Region IV. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, my Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership from Sam Houston State University, and my doctoral degree on Educational Leadership from SHSU. I was named principal at Ermel Elementary in June 2016 after serving as an assistant principal at the same school since 2010. All my 20 years of experience have been in Aldine ISD. As an immigrant, I have faced many challenges that have helped me learn from obstacles and persevere to achieve my dreams. The message I want to communicate to students is that education will allow them the opportunity to have a better life. I truly believe that we all have a mission to accomplish; mine is to be a leader that helps create a better society through education.

lori brooks Assistant Principal- Lori Brooks


Lori Brooks was named assistant principal at Ermel Elementary School in May 2015 after serving as the Language Arts skills specialist at Conley Elementary. Ms. Brooks received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Prairie View A&M University in 2006. She obtained a Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Grand Canyon University in 2009 and her Principal Certification from the University of St. Thomas in 2014. 
Ms. Brooks began her teaching career at Conley Elementary School in Aldine ISD in 2006. Throughout her career, she served as a teacher, Language Arts skills specialist, RtI specialist, Dyslexia specialist Campus Title I Coordinator . During her service at Conley Elementary, she was named the campus Teacher of the Year. Ms. Brooks has spent all 9 of her years in education with Aldine ISD. 

Torres Assistant Principal- Erik Torres

I started my career as an educator later than most in life, after some time in the private sector. I had my degree and decided to make a change after not feeling fulfilled. I turned to education after an influential meeting with one of my previous high school teachers. I signed up for the challenge and it has been an amazing ride ever since. I was fortunate enough to start my career at Ermel, my old elementary school. After a couple of years of teaching, I knew I wanted to do more, so I decided to get my Master's degree at Sam Houston State University. After receiving my degree, I continued to work at Ermel as a teacher and eventually a math skills specialist for a year. This year will be my first year as an assistant principal at my old elementary school. I am excited for this next stage in my career and for all that the future holds. It is truly a rewarding experience to work with and give back to this community, my community.