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
McSpadden Named Interim Superintendent

Week of: May 16, 2016

I am pleased to let you know that at the May 12 meeting, the Leander ISD Board Trustees voted to appoint Karie Lynn McSpadden as interim superintendent.

Karie Lynn is currently the assistant superintendent for human resources and has been with the district since November 2006, when I hired her as the head of LISD’s human resources department. She will work as interim superintendent while the Board conducts its superintendent search. As interim, Karie Lynn will not be considered as a candidate for the superintendent of schools position, per the Board’s requirement. This clarification is designed to make it clear that it is an open process for any candidate inside or outside the district, as long as they are not serving as the LISD interim superintendent.

Prior to coming to LISD, Karie Lynn had more than 20 years of management and operations experience for non-profit organizations, as well as working in the senior living and home health care industries. Throughout her career, she’s aligned management responsibilities, human resources and operational processes with organizational objectives to drive efficiencies. She’s proven to be skilled at identifying best practices, executing strategies and ensuring operational stability.

And Karie Lynn has done great things for us since coming to LISD. In her role as assistant superintendent here, she works regularly with principals, departments and the Board. Under her leadership, and with the support of her excellent staff, our human resources department has become a model in the state of Texas. She’s been a core member of the LISD family since she started here, giving her a deep understanding of our district’s operations and continuous improvement philosophy. She is also fully committed to our district vision and putting students first.

Given her professional qualifications and knowledge of the district’s day-to-day operations, Karie Lynn will do well serving as interim superintendent until the new superintendent is named. I thank her for her willingness to take on these responsibilities.

To ensure a smooth transition for our students, parents and staff as I prepare to leave for Klein ISD, Karie Lynn and I will be working closely together over the coming weeks.

Progress toward selecting a new superintendent is moving forward. After interviewing two firms, the Board selected Thompson & Horton to conduct the superintendent search. I invite you to visit and select the Superintendent Search button for more information on the process.

Please join me in welcoming Karie Lynn McSpadden as interim superintendent!