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
Community Support Continues to Strengthen District

Week of: June 20 2016

One of Leander ISD’s greatest strengths is our phenomenal community support. This year was another fantastic year for volunteer programs. We had more than 13,000 parent volunteers actively serving in our schools and supporting our students. Our community has been plugged into our schools for decades, helping to create a more positive learning environment for generations of students.

In addition to our parent volunteer programs, our community has formal opportunities to be engaged in LISD, too. It has long been our practice to invite community leaders to participate in a program called Leadership Leander ISD. Organized by our School/Community Relations Department, this group meets monthly, over the course of the school year, to learn about district operations including curriculum and instruction, budget development, staffing, advanced programs, and much more. This year was the 11th Leadership program for the district.

We thank the Leandership LISD Class of 2016 — Shannon Darby, Ana Duarte, Jonathan Escalante, William Farrell, Sonia Golcuklu, Michelle Johnson, Khalid Khan, Wade Killough, Mary Lewis, Shelli Loftin, Caryn Mills, Cathleen Palmer, Chris Remy, Amber Ryder, Linda Starnes, Liz Summers, Cindy Wamsley, Susan Whisenant, Marian Williams, Yvette Yung and Sean Ziari — for their continued support for our district. (The district is currently accepting applications for the next Leadership LISD Class. More information can be found at

Also this year, the district invited the community to be engaged in the district through a new program very similar to Leadership LISD called Financial Leadership LISD. This program was formed at the request of our Board of Trustees, in an effort to remain transparent and engaged with our community. For the last several months Financial Leadership LISD participants have met with district officials to explore firsthand how school finance operates and offer insightful feedback that supports LISD’s continuous improvement efforts. A few of the topics addressed through the program include: school finance overview, LISD’s demographer report, major maintenance plan, annual audit report, budget and related process, debts service schedule and bond projects.

LISD would like to thank our 2015-16 Financial Leadership LISD participants: Bethany Bell, Marissa Burill, David Chang, Petri Darby, Angela Erdman, Ataollah Etemadi, Scott Fleming, Deleyla Glass, Shiva Gunupuru, Heather Jones, Joseph Krupp, Tim Newman, Shardendu Pandey, Joel Peal, Allan Rayson, Jason Scrimpsher, John Smith, Craig Smyser, Janet Townsend and Sean Ziari.

Another community engagement program that I’m especially proud of is our Literacy Partners program. Spearheaded by Hill Country Bible Church – Austin, Literacy Partners brings trained volunteers into our schools to help students improve their reading fluency. Volunteers from 53 different faith-based organizations and 29 other organizations spent 30 minutes each week reading with students. This year, we are proud that this program served more than 740 students! We are very thankful to our Literacy Partner volunteers for giving their time to support student learning.

For more information about ways you can get involved in LISD, please visit

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