Superintendent

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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 21st 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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Week of: May 18, 2015

Community Volunteers Celebrate Successful Year

On May 14, 2015, Leander ISD celebrated the 29 community volunteers who completed the 2015 Leadership Leander ISD program.  Leadership LISD is a unique opportunity for our district to invite civic leaders behind-the-scenes to see first-hand everything that goes into sustaining our successful district.

Since last September, Leadership LISD participants have been meeting once a month to explore how we educate, challenge, nurture, protect and support our students. This year, we took an in-depth look at the district’s shared vision; Twilight High School and summer school; curriculum and instruction; district demographics, growth, budget and finance; advanced programs and college- and career-readiness initiatives; integrating technology into the classroom; campus safety; career and technology programs; extracurricular activities; principal-for-a-day; and community involvement. By focusing on different aspects of district operations, participants gained a deeper understanding of everything we do to remain steadfast in our focus on student learning and also gave us insightful feedback.

I’d like thank these folks for being a part of the 2015 Leadership Leander ISD Class: Jim Cooper, Petri Darby, MacLean Dove, Kristen Duffey, Richard Fowler, Carla George, Kendall Guess, Stephanie Haug, Jodi Heston, Antoine Holmes, Jennifer Imming, Sara Jahadi, James McDonald, Mark McDonald, Stacy Mehrens, Anthony Mendez, Cynthia Franklin, Crystal Smith, Keith Sommer, Cerwin Thompson, Dan Rawlinson, Sherry Reisman, Holly Robinson, Bart Parker, Kazique Prince, Eric Recktenwald, Jennifer Welker, Traci Whitney and Roel Zambrano.

Leadership LISD is one of several valuable community engagement opportunities that are wrapping up for the school year. Another program, one that is a true point of pride for LISD, is the Literacy Partners program. On May17, 2015, LISD celebrated another successful year of partnership with our Literacy Partner volunteers.  You see, Literacy Partners is a partnership LISD has with our faith-based community that pairs students and trained volunteers together to practice reading and engage in conversations about the books being read. They do this by reading to two students for 30 minutes each week. The purpose of the Literacy Partners initiative is to facilitate the goal that every child is reading on grade level by third grade.

This year, we are so proud that 19 faith-based organizations  adopted every LISD elementary school. Through their efforts, some 360 Literacy Partner volunteers read 39,000 books with 750 students, totaling 292,500 minutes devoted to reading this school year! I consider our Literacy Partners to be among our most dedicated and engaged volunteers because they are playing an important role in making our shared vision — that students exist our system with the same passion for learning they had when they entered, without economics determining success —  come to life. They are giving students a precious gift that they will carry for the rest of their lives, the gift of literacy.

It has been my pleasure to celebrate both our Leadership LISD program participants and our Literacy Partner volunteers this past week. Again, I thank these community members for getting involved and supporting learning in LISD. Our district is a better place because of their commitment and participation in these two important programs.

For information on how you can be involved in the Leadership LISD or Literacy Partners programs next year, please visit www.leanderisd.org and select the Community tab.

Have a great week!