Seton Leadership Fellow

Not all of us can be rich, wise, famous … yet, ALL OF US – yes, all of us – are called to be saints.

- St. Josemaria Escriva

Cecilia Gallagher is embarking on her 19th year in education as the founding principal for Brillante Academy in McAllen, Texas. For eighteen years, while teaching, coaching and leading; Cecilia had the privilege to serve and give back to her small community in Las Milpas, Texas. She has had the opportunity to work in both traditional and charter school systems, changing the trajectory of children in truly underserved communities by ensuring they received a first-class education. Her passion for serving and planting the seed of hope and belief in children has contributed to the fruition of college dreams for minority families with low socioeconomic status. Most recently, Cecilia was the principal for IDEA Pharr College Preparatory, a high performing charter school in South Texas that has matriculated 100% of seniors into top tier colleges and universities since their first graduating class in 2017. In her nine years at IDEA Public Schools, Cecilia was fortunate to serve as an Reading Consultant, a middle school ELA Teacher, Basketball Coach, College Counselor, Assistant Principal of Instruction, Principal in Residence, and College Preparatory Principal. Preceding, IDEA Public Schools, Cecilia felt blessed and honored to give back to her alma mater, Valley View ISD in Pharr, Texas , for ten years as an Elementary Bilingual Teacher, Varsity Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Track, Cross Country High School Coach and Middle School English Language Arts teacher. Cecilia acquired a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Bilingual Education from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. She strives to live according to her priorities: God, family, and service to others to fulfill God’s purpose in her life. Cecilia was blessed with a wonderful husband and their five children. The Gallagher Bunch resides in Mission, Texas and they absolutely love building memories on the water swimming, fishing, boating and floating.


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Aaron Brenner  ❘  Amanda Zingone  ❘  Brett Chappell  ❘  Cecilia Gallagher  ❘  Christina Reyes  ❘  Dan Faas  ❘  Danielle Schirripa  ❘  David Morales  ❘  Elizabeth Reckart  ❘  Emilia Chornay  ❘  Emily Brooks  ❘  Emily Gilbride  ❘  Fr. Mark Haydu  ❘  Isabella Gadapee  ❘  Jeff Kerscher  ❘  Jen Gowers  ❘  Jolleen Wager  ❘  Kayla Keller  ❘  Kelsey LaVigne  ❘  Korleen Cosgrove  ❘  Leonard Francisco  ❘  Luanne D. Zurlo  ❘  Margaret Nieto  ❘  Maria Valencia  ❘  Mark Kreider  ❘  Mary Catherine Lancaster  ❘  Matt Gaimari  ❘  Matt Salvatierra  ❘  Michael Carbone  ❘  Michelle Lacouture Perry  ❘  Navil Acevedo  ❘  Peter Katcher  ❘  Rachel Marchand  ❘  Reyes Claudio  ❘  Robert Alexander  ❘  Ruby Amezquita  ❘  Sarah Meagher  ❘  Shanelle County  ❘  Stephanie Frias  ❘  Stephanie Saroki de García  ❘  Tess Lane  ❘  Trevor Sorensen  ❘  Yeime Valle  ❘