Background

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Providing a voice for all students is one of the hardest challenges in education, but I would not have it any other way as an instructional leader. With over two decades of service, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience working in small and large education systems with every range of student in our accountability system. As a campus leader, I obtained my first leadership opportunity in 2011 as principal of Butler Elementary (Arlington ISD) where I led the campus to consecutive “Recognized” ratings with six Gold Performance Acknowledgements in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, I was recruited to Eagle Mountain - Saginaw ISD to lead another school, Remington Point Elementary, which allowed me to shape and hone my leadership skills even further. After a successful year of steering the campus to achieve “Met Standard,” I received a promotion to Director of Elementary Services where I supervised principals at 15 campuses. 


I currently serve as Superintendent of Schools for the Little Elm ISD in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  Little Elm ISD is one of Texas' fastest-growing school districts.  LEISD is nestled neatly along 62 miles of shoreline on Lake Lewisville. The District encompasses 40 square miles in the southeast corner of Denton County and serves students who reside in the communities of Little Elm, Frisco, Hackberry, Lakewood Village, Oak Point, and The Colony. Little Elm ISD currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students in five elementary schools, a K-8 campus, a sixth-grade center, a middle school, and one high school. While it still enthusiastically maintains that "small town" feel, LEISD embraces innovative programs, technology, and a rigorous curriculum that sets it apart from larger communities and districts in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.


I have a passion for making a positive impact on the lives of others beginning with our students. I am very proud of the accomplishments that have been made in Little Elm ISD under my leadership. However, I believe in empowering others so they may contribute their gifts and talents for the benefit of the entire organization.  I often say that leadership is not about the position, but rather about how we engage, inspire, and encourage others to reach their full potential.

Family

I met my wife nearly 30 years ago when we were students in college. We knew that we wanted to spend our lives together and in 2019, we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We are blessed with an incredible son who is in college pursuing his bachelors degree. While in college, we discovered that we both had the desire to teach and make a positive impact on the lives of children. My wife is currently a teacher in the Eagle Mountain - Saginaw ISD.  

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Certifications

  • Superintendent 
  • Principal 
  • Certified Texas School
    Business Specialist in
    Accounting 
  • Secondary Social Studies Composite
  • Secondary Government 
  • Elementary English/Self
    Contained
     

Notable Attributes

  • Proven Superintendent Leadership Experience
  • Proven District-Level Leadership Experience
  • Proven Campus-Level Leadership
  • Former Elementary, Middle School, and High School Teacher
  • Former School Board Trustee
  • Focused and Results Oriented Leader
  • Servant Leader who Values Collaboration
  • Family Focused Leader

Education

  • Arkansas State University Ed.S. Specialist in Superintendency 
  • Texas Wesleyan University M.Ed. in Administration 
  • University of Texas -Arlington Bachelor of Arts in Political Science 

Notable Accomplishments

  • Established a Collegiate Academy for High School Students 
  • Led the Passage of $240 Million Bond Program in 2017 including two new middle schools, new transportation facility, athletic facilities, and other projects
  • Led the development of LEISD's Commitment to Excellence Process (local accountability system)
  • Led Expansion of Dual Language Program
  • Led the development of LEISD's College, Career, and Life-Ready Reporting Program
  • Led Expansion of STEM Focus across District
  • Led Expansion of CTE Programs 
  • Increased Dual Credit Offerings
  • Implemented Community Leadership Academy for Supporting Success (CLASS)
  • Led the development and implementation of LEISD's ACCELERATE (program to increase student involvement in District decision making) 
  • Led the development of LEISD's long-range plan to address fast growth

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