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Principal's Message

Joel Deborah joined Del Valle ISD in 2007 as a first-year teacher at Smith Elementary. He spent 11 years teaching DVISD students before becoming an assistant principal at both Collins Elementary and Ojeda Middle School. Mr. Deborah will be starting his 16th year in Del Valle ISD as principal of the Baty Bobcats.

Photo of Joel Deborah, Baty ES principal

 My name is Joel Deborah, and I am the proud principal of Baty Elementary, home of the Bobcats! I am honored to be invited as the newest Bobcat. I am extremely excited to work with every stakeholder in our community and ready to ensure the best education for every student that walks through our front doors. 

In addition to teaching rigorous academic content, it is our goal to support our students both socially and emotionally in order to help them grow into bi-literate, future ready adults. As principal, it is my goal to ensure high expectations for all students through high quality instruction in a nurturing and supportive environment. 

Through the collaboration of all parents, students, staff and the community, Baty is sure to soar to new heights. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for allowing me to be a Baty Bobcat! 


Joel Deborah

Principal, Baty Elementary 


Assistant Principal

Kristen Gillespie is the assistant principal at Baty Elementary. She also serves as the Campus Behavior Coordinator. You can email her here.