Governing Board

Governing Board Members

Brian McGovern

Board President

Brian has been a board member of La Academia de Estrellas since 2012. He is a retired attorney. Almost all of Brian's employment history was with the United States government. His first professional employment was with United States Senator Abraham Ribicoff of his home state of Connecticut. Subsequently, Brian went to work for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions (EEOC). He worked for EEOC in Washington , D.C., Little Rock, Arkansas and Dallas, Texas. In Brian's last position with the EEOC he was Deputy Director of the Dallas District Office. Brian has also held positions with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. During his time with LAE, Brian has served as Board Secretary, Vice President and currently serves as Board President.

Catalina Lechuga


Catalina has been actively involved with the school from the beginning, when her eldest son enrolled in our first 3rd grade class. Over the past 12 years, all the Lechuga children have attended LAE. Catalina has given of her time in other ways, serving on the LPAC and as PTO president. She is a licensed mortician and works with grieving families in the Dallas metropolitan area. Catalina joined LAE's board in 2012 and currently holds the position of board vice president. She brings an important and valuable perspective to board discussions and decisions.

Marta Jourdan


Marta recently retired from Dallas ISD, having served many years as a principal. Her last position in Dallas ISD was as principal of Cowart Elementary. Marta joined LAE's board in 2012, and currently serves as the board's secretary. Her experience working as a principal in the community makes her uniquely qualified to serve on LAE's governing board.
  • La Academia de Estrellas, like all charter schools in Texas, is governed by a board of directors.

  • LAE's governing board by-laws state that the board must be comprised of no less than 3 and no more than 9 directors, who are self appointed for 3 year terms.

  • Regular board meetings are held regulary, generally after each grading period and are, by-law, open to the public.

  • Meeting notices are posted 72 hours prior to the date and time of the board meeting.

  • Unless otherwise posted, all board meetings are held at the Kiest campus, 4680 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas, TX.

  • During COVID-19, governing board meetings were held virtually, as allowed by the governor's order. The meeting agenda was posted and a link was provided for the public to join the meeting.

  • Staff, parents and others members of the public are welcome to attend board meetings, but should be advised that meetings typically last 2-4 hours. Some business may be conducted in executive session, which is not open to the public. *

*The board president may call for the board to go into executive session to discuss legal, contractual and personal matters. The executive session is not open to the public, so during this time, public attendees are not permitted in the meeting room.

2021-2022 Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes

August 23, 2021 Agenda Approved Minutes

September 16, 2021 Agenda Approved Minutes

October 23, 2021 Agenda Approved Minutes

January 22, 2022 Agenda Approved Minutes

April 2, 2022 Agenda Approved Minutes

June 4, 2022 Agenda Approved Minutes

Board Appreciation Month

LAE's governing board members give freely of their time and expertise to guide and govern our school. Each of our board members has served for 12 years on the governing board. January is Board Appreciation Month and LAE recognized our governing board at the January 11, 2021 board meeting. We greatly appreciate our dedicated school board members, Brian McGovern, Catalina Lechuga and Marta Jourdan!

Board Appreciation Presentation

2020-2021 Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes

July 31, 2020 (9:30 am via Zoom) Agenda Approved Minutes

August 28, 2020 (10:00 am via Zoom) Agenda Approved Minutes

October 5, 2020 (5:30 pm via Zoom) Agenda Approved Minutes

November 9, 2020 (5:30 pm via Zoom) Agenda Approved Minutes

November 14, 2020 (2:00 pm via Zoom) Agenda Approved Minutes

December 7, 2020 (5:30 pm via Zoom) Agenda Approved Minutes

January 11, 2021 (5:30 pm via Zoom) Agenda Approved Minutes

March 1, 2021 (5:30 pm via Zoom) Agenda Approved Minutes

April 17, 2021 (9:30 am via Zoom) Agenda Approved Minutes

June 14, 2021 (5:30 pm via Zoom) Agenda Approved Minutes