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.


Ms. Pena, assistant principal and Ms. Palmer, principal


Assistant Principal

Ms. Pena 



Office staff

Counselor: Marka Phillips
Nurse: Nurse Rebekah 
Secretary: Christy Bowser
Data Clerk: Ashley Jones

Office Aide:  Kathryn Hale