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.
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.
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Current Superintendent Column
Week of: March 30, 2015

Pre-k and Kindergarten Registration Coming April 15 and 16

Speaking as a former elementary teacher and principal, there’s nothing quite as heartwarming as meeting incoming pre-k and kindergarten students and their families when they register for school. In Leander ISD, we know that that day is a special occasion, a huge milestone for families that is both exciting and bittersweet.

Even though the start of the coming school year seems a long way off, registration is held in the spring because it helps us plan better if we know how many pre-k and kindergartners to expect for the next year. As we gear up for the 2015-16 school year, LISD is inviting parents of students who will enter pre-k or kindergarten next fall to register their child on Wednesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 16 from 7:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.

For the convenience of our families, parents may register their child at any of our 25 elementary schools, even if they are zoned to attend another LISD campus. If you would like to meet the staff at the school where your child will attend, note that some elementary schools are hosting registration on April 15, while the other elementary schools are hosting registration on April 16 (please visit www.leanderisd.org for specific details).

We strive to make registration as quick and easy as possible and have made some helpful improvements to the process. Perhaps one of the biggest changes is that enrollment forms are now available through txConnect, the online student portal that LISD parents can use to track their student’s progress and monitor attendance and discipline information (listed under the popular links at www.leanderisd.org), allowing families to download and complete the forms ahead of time. Paper copies will be available at each LISD elementary campus during registration for families who do not have access to a computer. Families will still need to come to an LISD campus on April 15 or 16 to turn in their completed forms and provide their child’s birth certificate, social security card, immunization records, a photo ID of the parent/guardian and proof of residency (i.e. electric or water bill, etc.).

I want to remind families about our fantastic half-day, pre-k program that is free to qualifying families. Our pre-k teachers are amazing, and the curriculum, which focuses on six big ideas — effective communication; understanding of the world, its people and oneself; numerical fluency; mathematical tools; cultures and communities; and science — gives our early learners a foundation for success in kindergarten. If you think that your child may qualify for pre-k in LISD, check the eligibility requirements listed at www.leanderisd.org and register your child for school on the appropriate day. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to give your child a head start on his or her academic success.

For more information about pre-k and kindergarten registration, including specifics on which day each campus is hosting registration, how to access registration forms online through txConnect, immunization requirements for the 2015-16 school year, pre-k and kindergarten eligibility requirements and more, visit the LISD website at www.leanderisd.org. If you have a specific question about pre-k or kindergarten, contact the school that your child is zoned to attend.

You don’t have to bring your child with you to register him or her for pre-k or kindergarten. But if you choose to, you will quickly see how excited LISD staff are to meet your child and welcome him or her to his or her new school. We consider it an honor that you are choosing to send your child to an LISD school.

We hope to see you on April 15 or 16 during pre-k and kindergarten registration.