Rafael Cantu Jr. High School

Rafael Cantu Junior High will prepare and inspire all students to be equipped to excel in the college and career of their choice, dominate 21st century skills in leadership, knowledge, language, and technology to compete in a global economy and serve as successful citizens in their community.


Gina Alvarez
Assistant Principal
L-Z Administrator
Hello and welcome to my webpage. My name is Gina Annette Alvarez, and I'm a proud Cavalier. I have the honor and the great privilege to be serving Mission CISD as an Assistant Principal at Rafael Cantu Junior High (on my 6th year).
I am a graduate of Mission High School, the 'Mighty Mission Eagles', and received my bachelor's degree from The University of Texas - Pan American. I had the opportunity to serve as an elementary teacher at Alton Elementary and Midkiff Elementary. Several years ago, I decided to advance my career by pursuing a master's degree in Education Administration from Lamar University. Obtaining this degree helped me gain experience as a leader. I worked as a Math Instructional Coach at Kenneth White Junior High before moving to Rafael Cantu Jr. High as the Assistant Principal. I have been truly blessed working with dedicated leaders throughout my career. I continue to strive for nothing but the best for our students.
When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband Rene, my 3 children Isaac (UTRGV), Iris (11th grade at VMHS) and Joaquin (8th grader at Rafael Cantu Jr. High), and my dogs Bella & June. Among my passions: family, friends, music, reading.
Again, I am honored to be the Assistant Principal at Rafael Cantu Jr. High. I look forward to working with administration, students, teachers, parents, and community to make this a successful year.

Recent Posts

So proud of our first DI Team at RCJH. They competed this last Saturday and came home with a first place trophy! Thank you Coach Martinez for all your hard work.