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 20th 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, Alan and Nicholas, attend Leander ISD schools.
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Current Superintendent Column
Week of: April 14, 2014
Parents and Schools Encourage Student Safety
Our hearts have been broken once again by disturbing acts of violence that have hurt so many both here in Central Texas and in Pennsylvania. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families impacted by these recent tragedies.
As superintendent, I never take for granted that you have entrusted us with your dearest treasures—your children. Their safety and security is always my primary concern. Every day we continue to do all we can to insulate them from danger.
When your children are with us at school, LISD staff are well trained to handle emergency situations. District principals and directors conduct drills on campuses, review table-top emergency scenarios and review our emergency plans. As we enter severe weather season, just last week every district principal went through a tornado emergency exercise during our administrators’ meeting. These types of practice drills and well-rehearsed crisis management plans, along with the guidance and collaboration with police and fire authorities, help ensure that our students are well protected. With every practice drill, we learn how best to move our students out of harm’s way in the event of an emergency situation.
In addition to school procedures, parents can take steps at home to help support their child’s safety: teach your child when and how to use 9-1-1; keep harmful chemicals out of reach of small children; remind your children not to talk to, or go anywhere, with a stranger; if anyone bothers your child or makes him or her feel scared or uncomfortable, teach your children to trust his or her feelings, immediately get away from that person and tell a trusted adult, like their teacher or principal; twice a year check to make sure your smoke alarms are functioning; make sure your children know your family’s emergency plan in the case that there is a fire or severe weather. And always remember that if your child tells you that he or she has heard of another student who is planning to harm his or herself or others, contact the school immediately.
Families may be unaware that Travis and Williamson Counties both provide a “reverse 9-1-1” notification service through the Capital Area Council of Governments. If you sign up for this service and provide your name, phone number and home address, the system can send automated messages for weather events, including severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash floods that may impact your area. This service works with both cell phones and land lines. Visit www.co.travis.tx.us or www.wilco.org for information on signing up for this notification service.
One of the most important aspects of student safety in which parents play a critical role is keeping an eye on your child’s mental and emotional wellbeing. This time of year, some students experience increased levels of stress or anxiety. For a student who is already dealing with emotional duress, preparing for tests and completing assignments can compound the hardship he or she may be experiencing. If your child appears to be dealing with his or her emotions in an unsafe manner, talk to his or her healthcare provider or the counselor at school. These trained professionals are prepared to help.
I have said a number of times that it takes a community to fully protect the well-being of our students. I thank our parents and community members who support our students and our schools. While your children are in our care, LISD teachers and staff will take every step necessary to ensure your child’s safety and focus on learning.
Please continue to remember the Fort Hood and Murrysville, Pennsylvania, communities in your thoughts and prayers.