Bret A. Champion, Ed.D.
Dr. Bret A. Champion became Leander ISD’s Superintendent of Schools on February 1, 2008. He is a former Leander ISD teacher, assistant principal and principal, and most recently served as Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services. Dr. Champion is in his 20th year with Leander ISD.
Champion was a member of the second corps of the "Teach For America" program – which recruits and trains teachers to serve in low-income communities. Dr. Champion’s first teaching positions were in inner-city schools in Houston, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received his Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from the University of Texas, his Masters in Education (M.Ed.) from Texas State University, and his BA in English Literature from the University of Houston.
Dr. Champion’s wife, Marcee, is an adjunct professor at Austin Community College. Their sons are Alan, who is a college student and Nicholas, who attends school in Leander ISD.
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Current Superintendent Column
Week of: August 18, 2014
LISD Continues to Draw New Families and Staff
Teachers and staff at Leander ISD’s newest campus, Officer Leonard A. Reed Elementary, are putting the finishing touches together and getting ready to welcome students on the first day of school next Monday. Reed Elementary is the district’s 24th elementary school. As you may have heard, earlier this month the Board of Trustees voted to name our sixth high school after my predecessor, longtime LISD Superintendent Tom Glenn, and our 25th elementary school after Christine Camacho, a beloved campus registrar who succumbed to cancer in April of 2013.
If you stop and think about it, the fact that we are planning for a sixth high school and 25th elementary school is pretty amazing. This year, we are anticipating about 36,500 students. We are no longer a small district; in fact, we haven’t been one for a while, when you consider that we’ve seen a staggering 171% increase in student population in the last 15 years.
With so many new faces coming through our doors, LISD believes that it is important to purposefully introduce new staff to the hallmarks of the LISD system in order to maintain our identity as a district. As we do every year, on Tuesday, August 12, I had the privilege of welcoming 350 new teachers to our district at Culture Day and acquainting them with our Guiding Documents.
The LISD Guiding Documents capture our core values and ideals — the Learning Model shapes our educational processes, the 10 Ethical Principles remind us of how we should treat each other, the Graduate Profile prescribes our desired outcomes in terms of student achievement, the Leander Way focuses on how we operate, and the Seven Student Learning Behaviors help us create quality classroom environments for every child. LISD’s Four Focused Areas of Improvement — closing the achievement gap; ensuring students graduate college- and career-ready; implementing the Seven Student Learning Behaviors in every classroom; and supporting the whole student — lay out the direction in which our district is headed.
Although many outside LISD are probably unaware of our Guiding Documents, what they represent and how they are used in decision-making at every level of the district, I believe that our Guiding Documents have played a huge role in driving our growth. They are in place to ensure students will exit our system with the same passion for learning they had when they entered, without economics determining success. And it shows. It shows in our reputation for academic excellence. It shows in our award-winning extracurricular programs and outstanding student activities.
It shows in our high-level of parent and community engagement. It shows in our fantastic partnerships with local businesses and organizations. It shows in our accountability ratings. It shows in the fact that we know what a privilege it is to teach your children and provide them with the very best we have to offer.
Indeed, LISD is considered a destination district — a district of choice — because of years of purposeful planning to sustain our culture. The traces of our Guiding Documents can be seen and felt in every corner of LISD. And it shows.
I look forward to greeting new students and staff, as well as our returning students and staff, on Monday, August 25. Let’s have a great year!
|Welcome Back to LISD Staff - August 2014|
|State of the District Presentation- December 2013|
|Presentation to Local Real Estate Agents - April 2014|
|Presentation to Leander Chamber of Commerce - April 2014|
|Presentation to Cedar Park Leadership - May 2014|
|Leadership Leander Program Presentation - July 2014|
|Cedar Park Chamber - Education Panel Presentation - August 13, 2014|