Tai Choice, Principal

Hello, I am excited and proud to serve as the principal of Covington Fine Arts Academy! I am a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, but was born and raised in Dallas, TX. I began my career in education as a middle school Spanish teacher in the Dallas area and then moved back to Austin where I continued to teach Spanish.

Ten of my eleven years in Austin ISD have been spent at Crockett Early College High School. I was a Spanish teacher, School Improvement Facilitator, Assistant Principal, and Academic Director during my time at Crockett.

I am thrilled to still be a part of the Crockett vertical team and I look forward to working with each of our students, parents, staff and community members, as we continue to ensure that Covington Colts excel academically, explore the arts, serve their community, collaborate, and demonstrate accountability and social, emotional, and physical wellness.

Attending student performance events, whether it be academic, athletic, visual or performing arts is one of the many highlights of being an educator. My children and I enjoy attending these events. I hope to see and meet many of you there supporting our students’ creativity and talents!

Mario Libra, Assistant PrincipalMario Lira, Assistant Principal

I am a proud Austinite from the “Dove Springs” community. As a first-generation college student, I feel very fortunate to have been able to earn an undergraduate degree from St. Edward’s University where I graduated Summa Cum Laude. I started my career in education at Akins Early College High School assisting students recover credits required for high school graduation until I transitioned to teaching 4th and 5th grade math at Linder Elementary. Although I enjoyed my time in the classroom, I have always been driven to have an impact on the educational experience of more students. Hence, I decided to pursue a career in educational leadership and earned my master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Through this experience, I had the great privilege of serving and learning at Walnut Creek Elementary and Akins Early College High School as an administrator in training, and I am now incredibly humbled an honored to serve as an assistant principal at Covington Middle School Fine Arts Academy. Ultimately, I believe that ALL children deserve an opportunity to receive a high-quality education so that they may succeed in school, their career, and life, and hence I strive to be the relentless, unwavering advocate that every child needs and deserves. Please feel welcome to reach out to me for any reason, as I am happy to be of service.


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Ms. Elia Diaz-Eskew, Assistant PrincipalMs. Elia Diaz-Eskew, Assistant Principal

Welcome to Covington Middle School Fine Arts Academy! It is an honor to be a part of this collaborative and nurturing community. I have had the pleasure of serving students and teachers in AISD for 27 years. I was born in Del Rio, Texas and graduated from Cotulla High School in Cotulla, Texas. I received my BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Southwest Texas State University and then received my Masters degree in Leadership and Administration from The University of Texas. I began my career in AISD as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher and then continued to embrace my love for teaching and learning as an instructional reading coach at Galindo Elementary and Administrator at J. Houston Elementary School.
As a proud member of our Colt community, I enjoy being a part of the many programs that our campus has to offer. My own daughters have a love for sports and the arts and I know how exciting it is to see watch your child thrive in what they love to do. The passion and talent that our students have for athletics, dance, music, choir and the arts is amazing.
I am honored to be at Covington MSFAA to work collaboratively with our teachers, staff, students, parents and community to build positive relationships with one another and to inspire others to share their stories. I look forward to meeting with you and your child as we continue this journey together. My passion for service to others and to education is to encourage and support our students to be ready for college, career and life! #wearecolts

t: 512-414-5371