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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Current Superintendent Column
Helping Students Make Nutritious Choices is a Team Effort

Week of: April 25, 2016

As educators, we strive to ensure that students are physically, mentally and emotionally supported, so they can learn at their fullest potential each day. Thankfully, we are not in this alone. This week, I want to briefly share some of the ways Leander ISD and our partners are supporting students in making healthy, nutritious choices.

One organization we partner with is the Texas Medical Foundation. The TMF Foundation is working with several of our schools to help students learn to make wise food choices. Fun events like Giddens Elementary’s CarrotPalooza, which took place in mid-March, strive to teach preschoolers about gardening and nutrition through hands-on experiences — in this case, picking carrots in the school’s vegetable garden. This project is part of the Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) Amplified initiative and is sponsored by the TMF Foundation, which worked with Giddens Elementary to build three vegetable gardens and one herb garden. These fully organic, food-producing gardens incorporate lessons in nutrition, math, horticulture and biology. They are tended weekly by TMF Foundation team members to ensure plant health and successful yield for two special harvest events—RadishFest in the early winter and CarrotPalooza in the early spring.

Nutrition-based activities sometimes have a specific focus in LISD. For instance, one activity in March highlighted the importance of eating breakfast. During National School Breakfast Week, Pleasant Hill Elementary hosted the Dairy Max 2016 Breakfast Games with the support of the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60, Barry Church of the Dallas Cowboys and Bryan Lanting, a local dairy farmer. After enjoying a healthy breakfast and a yogurt parfait-building contest, students participated in a three-part obstacle course challenge for gold, silver and bronze medals. The Breakfast Games were designed to empower young people with knowledge about food choices and how they can fuel their school day.

I want to thank our friends at TMF Foundation, Dairy Max and Fuel Up to Play 60 for reminding our students that making nutritious choices can be a lot of fun.

And of course, making good food choices can be delicious, too. A huge player in our student wellness initiatives is our own food service provider, Southwest Foodservice Excellence (SFE). They work hard to ensure students have nutritious and tasty meal options. On April 14, SFE and vendors hosted a Flavor Fest at Vista Ridge High School and invited students of all ages from several LISD schools to come and provide input on products and recipes selected as part of the menu for the coming school year. Flavor Fest was a great opportunity to get feedback directly from our students.

Thankfully, Leander ISD’s efforts to support student wellness are strengthened through our strong partnerships with SFE, PTAs, CATCH volunteers, School Health Advisory Committees, the TMF Foundation, Dairy Max, Fuel Up to Play 60 and others.

I thank all of our partners for helping the students of LISD maintain healthy lifestyles and graduate with every option open.

Have a great day!