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Houston welcomes new Superintendent


Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Education

Houston Public Schools, ISD 294 welcomes new superintendent, Jean Broadwater, who joined the district on August 1. Steve Scheu, school board chair, said, "We anticipate great things with our new superintendent. Her willingness to listen to stakeholders and involve them in shared goals should complement our 'Leading in Learning' vision. We hope to connect our school and community even more under her leadership."

Ms. Broadwater comes to Houston Public Schools from Kewaunee, Wisconsin, where she has served as their superintendent since March of 2009. Prior to that, she taught elementary and middle school for Milwaukee Public Schools from 1995 until 2003, when she joined West Bend School District as principal of Silverbrook Middle School. Ms. Broadwater received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin ‐ La Crosse, and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership, and an Eds in Administration and Supervision with Superintendency Endorsement from National‐Louis University.

Board member Ron Evenson commented, "During our visit to Kewaunee I was impressed by the support she had gained among community leaders considering the length of time she was there. Jean was very involved in community organizations and stepped up to assume leadership positions in the community. This leadership and her collaborative nature have caused citizens to take more ownership in their school district."

Joining Dr. Evenson on the trip to Kewaunee, board member Mimi Carlson observed, "Based on conversations with Kewaunee board members and staff, Ms. Broadwater has excellent working relationships with her staff and school board. Her collaborative leadership style promotes high morale and loyalty. It is also evident that Jean's focus starts with the kids. I'm excited for both our local and online students to meet their new superintendent."

Upon joining the district, Ms. Broadwater said, "I am looking forward to working with the community, parents, administrators, students, staff, and board members on moving Houston Public Schools into the future. There is a strong staff here with a wealth of knowledge who are committed to children. I would like all of you to know that my door is open at all times for feedback. I will be continually looking for ways to improve what we do for kids."

She encouraged district stakeholders to "stop by and introduce yourself," and that she "looks forward to meeting each and every one of you."

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