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Milagros Henriquez

Milagros Henriquez (TX '02)

Director, Teacher Development

Houston Independent School District
Houston, TX

At the time of the Award, Milagros Henriquez was:

Gallegos Elementary School
Houston, TX

Biographical Information

Milagros (Mili) Henriquez-Soto, has been an educator for 33 years. She has 23 years of classroom experience in several elementary schools in Puerto Rico and Texas. As a Houston ISD bilingual teacher, she fulfilled multiple leadership roles at her campuses from being a grade-level chair, to mentoring new teachers, and representing her school in various district’s committees. Ms. Henriquez believes teacher leadership is a call to be an agent of change by power of influence and to be an example of a long-life learner, and she strives to exemplify her believes every day. Receiving the Milken Educator Award was a life-changing experience that set her up to move towards her next leadership role, as a Literacy Specialist at the district level. In that role, Ms. Henriquez provided instructional support for bilingual teachers in multiple elementary schools across the district. Six years ago, her passion for bilingualism and biliteracy qualified her to become part of Houston ISD Curriculum and Development Office as a Teacher Development Manager. Currently, as HISD Director of Teacher Development for ESL and Dual Language teachers in Houston ISD she leads Teacher Development Specialists providing instructional support to elementary bilingual, ESL, and dual language teachers, leads professional development efforts across the district, and contributes to the district’s curriculum. Being a long-life learner, Ms. Henriquez received her M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership with Concentration on English as a Second Language from Lamar University in August 2017.

Personal Message

Diverse students are an asset to any classroom. Their cultural background and identity has the potential to impact classroom culture by helping build tolerance and acceptance among individuals. In today’s world, we should seek opportunities to help students build healthy relationships with each other focusing on what unites us and not what divide us. This is how we build a better world.

Additional Information


M.Ed. Teacher Leadership/ English as a Second Language

Elementary/ Literacy/ Bilingual/ Dual Language