Gilbert Intermediate School will have a new, yet familiar face taking over the position of principal this next school year — Victor Sauceda.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity and I’m very thankful to the school district, (Superintendent) Mr. (Matt) Underwood and to the hiring committee for choosing me and thinking highly of me to be principal for a school,” Sauceda said in a phone interview with the E-T. “I’m really lucky and blessed to be a part of this community and as an administrator in this school district.”

Sauceda has been the assistant principal at Stephenville High School for four years. After Gilbert principal Mary Laigle accepted a position at another district, Sauceda put in his application for the role.

“(Laigle) got a junior high principal job in Breckenridge, so she finished out last week and we made a quick switch,” Underwood said.

Underwood said the district received lots of good applications for the position, but ultimately decided that Sauceda was the man for the job.

“Victor truly deserves the job,” he said. “Nobody has worked as hard as he has.”

Sauceda worked at Granbury ISD from 2007-2014 before taking the job at SHS. 

“I’m thankful for the chance that the district gave me originally at Stephenville High School and I’ve learned so many great things over there from Stephanie Traweek and from Rachel Carter,” Sauceda said. “Everybody in this district is just great.”

Sauceda was inducted into the Tarleton Athletic Hall of Fame last spring for his baseball career at the university (1998-1999) and also played professional baseball in the Mexican League. He is a deacon at Harvey Baptist Church and received the STAR Educator award by the Effective Schools Project in 2015 along with many other accomplishments. 

Sauceda resides in Stephenville with his wife, Deanna, and two children, Jay and Ellie. 

Sauceda will start his new role as the Gilbert principal on July 16.