Lone Finalist Named for Superintendent Position
John and his wife Cathy live in rural Waller County and have four children; Clayton (Texas A&M class of 2012), Gabrielle (Texas A&M Class of 2018), Hannah, and Cullen (WHS class of 2016 and Texas A&M Class of 2020). John has over 25 years of experience in education, most recently serving with KIPP Houston Public Schools as Deputy Head of Schools. Prior to KIPP, he worked in the Houston ISD as School Improvement Officer for High Schools, overseeing eight high schools. He has also served as high school principal, associate principal, Administrator for School Improvement and Reform, and teacher. John holds a B.A. in political science from Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) and a M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A&M University. He is also a graduate of the Houston A+ Leadership Academy, and Harvard University’s "Institute for Redesigning America’s High Schools”, and "Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership."
John’s professional accomplishments include being named the Houston ISD West Region Secondary Principal of the Year. He has received the AP Strategies/Dell Foundation Award for Leadership in Advanced Placement Growth and Performance, and introduced and implemented the AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) college-readiness program in Houston ISD. John has also been a featured speaker and panelist at the annual conference for Project ENLACE: English Language Learners Leadership Institute and a speaker and panelist at the Stephen F. Austin State University Educational Leadership Conference.
John and his entire family enjoy spending time together, fishing, hunting, and shooting sporting clays. Additionally, he has been active in his church and with the local community, serving on the Board of Directors of the San Bernard Electric Cooperative and represents the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as the Patient Advocate on the Rare Tumors Task force of the Head and Neck Steering Committee and the Patient Advocate Steering Committee at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).