It is a great privilege to serve as Superintendent for the Harlandale Independent School District. I was born and raised in this community, and I graduated in 1982 from Harlandale High School. I received a valuable education, inspiration and encouragement from outstanding teachers in this school district. Today, as I look back over my career experiences, whether it was as a classroom teacher, a coach, a support administrator or a campus principal, I can’t help but think of the many excellent men and women who mentored me along the way. I am grateful for those leaders who have paved the way for this district’s success with integrity, vision, and passion. I also appreciate the support that I have received from my wife and two daughters and my mother, along with other family and friends.
I firmly believe in the power of public education. Both of my daughters attended schools in this district, so my educational philosophy is simple: “We will do for the students in our classrooms what we would do for the children living in our homes.” Our children will be taught by highly qualified teachers in every classroom. Campuses will be safe and well-maintained. All of our students will be given meaningful learning experiences through academics, sports, extra-curricular activities, and opportunities to serve in the community.
This year our school district celebrates 120 years in education. From our humble beginnings when students first attended class inside the granary of Mission San Jose, today our school district consists of approximately 15,200 students, nearly 2,200 employees and 23 campuses. The Board of Trustees are visionary public servants who serve the best interest of the children. Recently our dedicated staff members raised more than $51,000 for the Harlandale Education Foundation scholarship, proving their commitment to student success. Our employees have also earned Harlandale ISD the distinction of being named a Top Workplace for the fifth year in a row. With the opening of the STEM Early College High School, we are excited that in four years those students now in the ninth grade will walk the stage to accept their high school diplomas along with an Associate’s Degree or receive up to 60 hours of college credits. Harlandale is a wonderful place to be and together with our students, staff and community, we are….