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.
If you have specific area questions, a good first place to start is our web page listing phone numbers and email addresses of those people who might best address your question or concern. Follow Bret Champion on Twitter!

Current Superintendent Column
Week of: April 20, 2015

Community Celebrates Theatre Arts

Just about every young person who has taken the stage as part of a theatre production has dreamed about the day he or she will walk down the red carpet before a big awards show. Some of us have probably daydreamed about the acceptance speeches we will give when we receive our well-deserved Oscar, Grammy or Tony award. For most of us though, these moments will live only in our imaginations.

Thanks to the folks at the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards (GAHSMTA), such dreams became a lot more real for students involved in our high school musicals. On Tuesday, April 14, students, parents and theatre supporters from 27 area schools gathered at The Long Center to celebrate high school students who are active in the arts.

And they did it in style! Excited students, dressed as sharply as Hollywood stars, walked up a red carpet to The Long Center to celebrate what they love: theatre and camaraderie.

Students were nominated in 15 awards categories: Best Ensemble; Best Crew/Technical Execution; Best Orchestra; Best Scene Design; Best Lighting Design; Best Costume Design; Best Choreography; Best Musical Direction; Best Direction; Best Actor in a Supporting Role; Best Actress in a Supporting Role; Best Featured Performer; Best Actress in a Lead Role; Best Actor in a Lead Role; and Best Production. Winners were announced the night of the event by representatives from premier performance organizations in our area including Ballet Austin, Zach Theatre, the University of Texas, the Long Center, Austin Opera and the Austin Symphony. It was thrilling, and each winner received rousing applause.

We are proud that talented and hardworking students (and their directors) from each of our high school shows — Cedar Park High School, Singin’ In the Rain; Leander High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Rouse High School, Oklahoma!; Vandegrift High School, Thoroughly Modern Millie; and Vista Ridge High School, Beauty and the Beast — received several nominations. A special congratulations goes to LHS for winning the Best Crew/Technical Execution Award. Scholarships and special recognition were given to students from Vista Ridge High School, Rouse High School, Cedar Park High School, Vandegrift High School and Leander High School.

And just like the awards shows we enjoy on TV, live performances were a big part of the awards ceremony. Award nominees, as well as students who are named to the Select Ensemble, performed pieces from their shows, as well as new pieces, in front of an extremely supportive audience. In preparation for the performances, students had the opportunity to work with top theatre students in the area under a professional director, choreographer and musical director. All of the evening’s fabulous performances confirmed that Central Texas is home to the most talented actors and actress around!

Imagine how encouraging an event like this is for young people interested in theatre. They celebrated excellence and cheered for each other. They dressed up and walked up a red carpet. They gave acceptance speeches. Many had the opportunity to perform in a top notch venue. The GAHSMTA was just like a professional awards show. And in addition to honoring excellent acting and theatre production, GAHSMTA awarded college scholarships. The GAHSMTA award show was amazing production. With so much happening in one evening, I would bet that The Long Center has rarely had so much energy packed into its four walls.

What a great way to gather folks together from across our area to celebrate the important role the fine arts play in developing well-rounded students. On behalf of LISD, I'd like to offer my sincere appreciation to those involved with GAHSMTA, especially Ginger Morris, the visionary behind the program, as well as Jamie Grant, the President and CEO of the Long Center – as well as their partners, The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts and Zach Theatre. Congrats again to all of the students who were honored at GAHSMTA, especially those from LISD. We are proud of you!

Have a great week!