PCE Panthers

Principal Updates

Principal's Message

I am the Proud Principal of Pioneer Crossing Elementary!

In my 17 years as an educator, I've taught grades 5-8, served as a testing coordinator, and an assistant principal. I'm excited to start my 4th year as principal at PCE.

Our mission at PCE is to ensure student success for every child through high quality instruction from our dedicated teachers. Our teachers come prepared everyday to provide the best educational experience for our students. We welcome parent and community feedback on how we're doing.

This is going to be a great school year with an increase in student growth, safety, and teacher development.

Thank you for sending your children to school daily at PCE!

We have a new Campus Communication Representative and are now able to communicate with our parents and community! This is our monthly newsletter that will go out with the latest PCE updates to keep you informed.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!!!

September 15 - October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month and we will be recognizing the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. Here are some activities that your family can do to celebrate at home.

Please find important reminders below...

School Start and Dismissal Times

  • School doors open at 6:45 am
  • Class starts and school announcements at 7:30 am
  • Students are tardy at 7:40 am
  • Dismissal at 3:00 pm

Parent Drop off & Pick up Procedures

Please drop your students off at the front of the school in the drive through loop and drive slowly at all times. Please do not park your car and get out of your car in the drive through for drop off or pick up. If you wish to walk your child to the door or pick them up, please park your car in the parking lot and use the crosswalk.

Entering the Building

Scholars are to enter the building and go to the cafeteria if it is before 7:10 am, after 7:10 am, they are to go straight to class.

At this time, parents and volunteers are not allowed in the building until we are at a Stage 2. If you wish to have a meeting in person with an administrator or teacher, please call the front office and make an appointment.

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch is free for all students this school year. If a student gets a second breakfast or lunch, they will be charged. Please send money for your child's account for snacks and ice cream, because this is not included with lunch.


Our scholars are doing a great job of keeping their masks on and wearing them properly.

Health Updates

MISD continues to receive guidance from Austin Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Education Agency.

Below are introductions of my leadership team!

Assistant Principal

My name is Ryane Gaston and I am thrilled to be starting my new role as the Assistant Principal at Pioneer Crossing Elementary. Along with the excitement, I am honored to be a part of the Pioneer Crossing Elementary community and I realize the great responsibility that I have to inspire, empower, and influence our youth, as well as the opportunity to positively impact the families, staff, and communities in support of our students. I am greatly looking forward to partnering with PCE to give our students what each and every one of them deserves—a top-quality education that will prepare them well for success in college and life.

I bring to PCE 17 years of experience as an educator. I have served in positions as a kindergarten, PPCD, 1st grade, K-5 resource, and 3rd grade teacher. Through the years, I have been able to build relationships with teachers and parents working collaboratively, while also remaining connected to student growth taking place in the classroom.

I am looking forward to this new role and continuing to work with the amazing staff, students, and community here at PCE to ensure our children achieve their full potential and are prepared for the next phase of their education.


My name is Jenny Carter and I am the School Counselor for Pioneer Crossing. This will be my 8th year serving PCE panthers and families and there's nowhere else I'd rather be. I work to help students individually and in small groups as well as teach preventative social-emotional lessons to all classes as a whole group. This year I will teach 2 lessons a month to classes in our school's outdoor classroom! I'm looking forward to another great year full of learning and growing!
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Instructional Coach

My name is Julissa Clark and I am the instructional coach at PCE. I have been a teacher and instructional coach for 21 years and absolutely love what I do. I graduated from the University of Alabama and Texas State University. I have a passion for teaching and learning and believe that no matter how much we think we already know, there is always room for growth and continued learning. PCE is a special place and I am excited for this school year! Go Panthers!

Literacy Coach

Hi Panthers! My name is Anne Mandrake, Literacy Coach for PCE. I am new to Manor ISD and love being a part of PCE! The administrative team, teachers, students, & families here are wonderful! I've been teaching for 22 years and have experience teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades as well as being an academic interventionist & Literacy Coach for 15 of those years. I have always wanted to teach since I was a little girl and I am a lifelong learner. There's nothing more rewarding to me than helping someone learn something new and seeing progress, growth, and success along the way!

Parent Liaison

Hi PCE family! My name is Laura Adams and I am the Parent Liaison. This will be my 3rd year serving this wonderful PCE community. I am a graduate of McMurry University and have worked in education from multiple perspectives, as a home school, private school, and public school educator. While I have dedicated many years to community involvement and volunteerism, one of my proudest accomplishments is having two Manor New Tech High School, graduates.