Principal, Sonya Palmer

Sonya Palmer

I am a graduate of North Garland High School and attended Garland ISD schools from 1st-12th grade. I began my career as a teacher in Garland ISD. I have over 20 years of experience as an educator. I have served as an administrator in Dallas ISD at the top magnet school in the state as well as other comprehensive campuses.

I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Houston and a Masters in Education Administration from Texas A&M at Commerce. I am thrilled to be the principal of Hillside Academy for Excellence and excited to be back home in Garland. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year.



Assistant Principal, Trang Vo

Ms. Vo

I am a born and raised Texan. I graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas (Hook ‘Em!) and a Masters in Education at the University of North Texas. My entire teaching career has been in Garland ISD. I started out as a Prekindergarten teacher at Parsons Prekindergarten School and was there for 10 years. I then moved to Carver Elementary to teach 4th grade. I am so excited to join the Hillside Family and greatly look forward to getting to know all the students and families. Let’s have a great year!



Office staff

Counselor: Kay Morse
Nurse: Tracy Morris
Secretary: Christy Bowser
Data Clerk: Liz Tovar
Office Aide: Ashley Jones