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 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. 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, Alan and Nicholas, are graduates of Leander ISD and are attending college.
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Current Superintendent Column
The Best is Yet to Come!

Week of: June 1, 2015

Wow! It hardly seems real that the 2014-15 school year is over. It feels like just yesterday that we were gearing up to welcome students back for the school year, and now, here we are saying goodbye to another fantastic group of graduating seniors. They’ve accomplished great things during their time with us, and it has been a pleasure to watch them learn and grow. We will miss them!

The Class of 2015 exemplifies  LISD’s vision, “that students will exit our system with the same passion for learning they had when they entered, without economics determining success.” Our commitment is that every option is open to every child. So whether members of the Class of 2015 are headed to a four-year university, two-year college, a trade school, the armed services or the workforce, I challenge them to tackle whatever future challenges they may face with the same grit they’ve demonstrated during the last 13 years with us. The world is at their doorstep, and we cannot wait to see where their paths take them.

In realizing our vision, I would be remiss not to recognize those folks who have made LISD their professional home and who are retiring this school year.

LISD’s 2015 retirees, whom we honored at a reception prior to the June 2 Board of Trustee meeting, are (as of press time): Cheri Ambrose, Deb Arnold, Norma Attaway, Sally Banks, Jerry Barbero, Yolanda Beard, James Bedsaul, Jerry Blake, Georgia Bradley, Cindi Brewer, Bryan Brittain, Zane Busch, Rita Cherry, Monna Clemons, Connie Cochran, Debra Cooney, Greg Cooper, Albert De La Rosa, Bonnie Edwards, Bill Flanigin, Larry Foster, George Frias, Lisa Garcia, Victor Garcia, Susan George, Beth Gove, Shelly Griffin, Diana Hale, Kathryn Hannah, Cynthia Harp, Sharon Hejl, Debra Hinton, Linda  Hopkins, Merrimac Jenkins, Jayne Johnson, Curtis Johnson, Ron Johnson, Marcia Jones, Pamela Keirnan, Greg Kirkpatrick, Patricia Kirkpatrick, Sheryl Leblanc, Michele Lee, Linda Lippe, Fran Lynch, Melissa Maddox, Anita Martin, Kay Mason, Leah May, Julia McCollum, Cathy McDaniel, Maureen McKeown, Celso Molina-Franco, Lorna Montgomery, Sharon Morgan, Patti Mosser, Marilyn Munger, Linda  Orr, Rhonda Palko, Brent Parsons, Kathleen Pruyne Leipold, Marjorie Raemsch, Brette Riley, Celia Rivas, Sherry Rogers, Martha Rundell, Janet Selman, Mark Siarkowski, Kelly Simmons, Ellen Skoviera, Barbara Stephenson, Phyllis Still, Vickie Studstill, Suzanne Taylor, Felipe Tinajero, Lori Torgerson, Patricia Trocino, Anita Truan, Patricia Vaughn, Glenda Venable, Michele Wall, Leticia Wand, Carole Weitzel, Silvestre White Eagle, Cordelia Willgren, Andrea Word and Vicki Yoder.

I thank our retirees for everything they have given in service to the students of LISD. These folks have had a huge part in raising LISD’s reputation for providing a high-quality education for all students, a commitment that continues to draw more families to our district. And the caliber of staff we have here in LISD is a direct reflection of our fantastic student body. Together, they are what make LISD the wonderful place that it is.

To our graduates and retirees, I hope you will always consider LISD as your home. Your time with us is a starting place on your path to a bright future. Congratulations and warm wishes — the best is yet to come!