As the superintendent of TISD, I want you to know that we are open
to hearing your comments about how we can better serve you and this
great community. You will find that TISD is committed to helping our
students experience a successful educational journey, and we understand
that process is an inclusive one which values the input of parents and
I believe that schools were built for one purpose- for learning to
occur. In order to fulfill that purpose, our role as district employees
is simply to ensure that students are successful in the process of
learning to reach their full potential. This endeavor can easily be
attained when we possess a mindset in our district which defines us as
servants first and foremost. Although we do receive salaries for our
efforts, if our purpose isn’t structured around decision-making which
puts the needs of the students first, we ultimately fail as educators.
This is why our foundational purpose at TISD is to ensure that the
students’ needs are the priority while we put our needs second- this is
the essence of being servant-hearted.
I encourage you take the opportunity to truly get to know your
students’ teachers because they are the true heroes of this district.
Without their dedication to serving the needs of our students, TISD
would not have any chance of excelling. You can rest assured that when
you drop off your child with one of our staff members that the best
interest of the students and their needs will be of primary concern to
As a school superintendent, I understand the need to be a humble
leader who will always put the needs of the students at the forefront of
the decision making process. As an instructional leader, I know the
importance of experiencing success with all learners, not just some of
them. These beliefs define my educational outlook for our students,
forming the ultimate path to my decision making process, and can be
summed up in one simple phrase: Students first, no apologies!