Bret A. Champion, Ed.D.
Dr. Bret A. Champion became Leander ISD’s Superintendent of Schools on Feb. 1, 2008. He is a former Leander ISD teacher, assistant principal and principal, and he most recently served as Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services. Champion is in his 22nd 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. 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 Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Houston.

Champion’s wife, Marcee, is an adjunct professor at Austin Community College. Their sons, Alan and Nicholas, are graduates of Leander ISD and are attending college.
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Important College- and Career-Readiness Activities Coming this Month

Week of: Oct. 12, 2015

Because October is a busy time for Leander ISD, this week I am reminding parents of high school students of two important events that are designed to help students graduate with every option open.

On Wednesday, Oct. 14, all eighth- and ninth-grade students will take the PSAT 8/9, while all 10th and 11th grade students will take the PSAT/NMSQT. Testing will take approximately three hours and 30 minutes. We encourage families to refrain from scheduling appointments for students to be off campus that morning because taking the PSAT is an important step for students, whether they are bound for college or the workforce. It gives them practice for the SAT and helps them understand what the SAT will be like. Once they get their results back, the PSAT will help students explore their strengths and weaknesses and use that information to improve their scores.

The PSAT also helps to identify academically gifted students. Students in the 11th grade may be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship program and other award programs that look at PSAT/NMSQT scores. I want to give a shout out to LISD’s 30 distinguished National Merit Semifinalists: from Cedar Park High School – Elena Ivanova, Ramsey Jenschke, Justin Lovelace, Matthew Nadler, Emily Regier, Drew Summers, Caroline Woodall, Victor Wu and Joseph Xia; from Rouse High School – Benjamin Butler and Connor Doolittle; from Vandegrift High School – Phillip Ahern, Zachary Burky, Tristan Cho, Maria Collman, Jeremy Cummings, Brendan Hollaway, Maile Hooten, Alexander Jiang, Austin Jiang, Alec LaPlace, Shivani Pandya, Malavika Perinchery, Avni Shah and Emily Tallman; and from Vista Ridge High School – Jessica Hemann, Laura Homiller, Nicholas Kuehl, Hae Song Lee and Justin Mazenko. We encourage these academically talented students to continue to reach for excellence in all of their pursuits.

Another important college- and career-readiness event is just around the corner, the districtwide college fair on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Vista Ridge High School (200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd. in Cedar Park). We hope all LISD high school students and their parents will attend the college fair because this is a great opportunity to learn more about admissions, financial aid and scholarships from representatives from125 two-year and four-year colleges and universities, trade schools and technical programs. Representatives from the armed services, the College Board and Texas WorkForce will also be there.

I encourage students to register for the college fair and get their unique barcode in advance. All they have to do is go to and choose TACRAO. This simple step enables students to make the most of their college fair experience and spend their time getting the information they need and less time filling out forms.

When students are visiting with college fair representatives, there are a few questions a student may want to ask in order to discern which post-secondary option is best for him or her.

  • How would you describe the campus culture?
  • How is the school distinctive?
  • What is considered in the admission decision?
  • How would you describe a typical student’s relationship with his or her professors?
  • How do you award scholarships and financial aid? How do you apply?

Parents, on the other hand, may want to ask other questions in order to help their child make an informed decision.

  • What academic and emotional supports are available to students?
  • What is the cost to attend the school annually?
  • What is the percentage of students that return for their sophomore year?
  • What is the job placement rate for graduates?

For more information about LISD’s college- and career-readiness initiatives, including more upcoming events, please visit, select the parents and students tab and select the College- and Career-Readiness link.

Have a great week!