Hudson ISD Superintendent named Superintendent of the Year

HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - Hudson ISD superintendent, Mary Ann Whiteker has been named superintendent of the year by the Region 7 Education Service Center.

Whiteker was chosen for her strong leadership skills and dedication to improving the quality of education in their school districts.

Whiteker has served in her current position for 18 years and has dedicated her life to education.

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From the press release: 

Region 7 Education Service Center is pleased to announce that Mrs. Mary Ann Whiteker, Superintendent of Hudson ISD, has been named the 2013 Region 7 Superintendent of the Year (SOTY). Whiteker will represent Region 7 as its nominee for the 2013 Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Texas Superintendent of the Year.

"Whiteker is a master leader, guiding and supporting staff in the completion of district/campus short-term and long-range goals. Her leadership involves all stakeholders in the community. Her work with the school board to establish and lead a vision for the district is nothing less than a masterpiece," says one Hudson ISD school board member.

Mrs. Whiteker has embraced the TASA Visioning Document principles and implemented a long-range plan of action to prepare all students with a 21st century education. Mary Ann used the DuPont method to ensure that the new vision was the end result, and that the steps to reach that vision were developed through a precise process of knowing where to begin this important task and how to sustain it. This gave the district a common goal with common objectives, leaving the strategies of each campus up to the direction of the campus level planning teams.

Whiteker consistently communicates with board members to update them on issues at the district and state level. She researches and participates at the legislative level to keep the board abreast of new policies and bills that will affect the operation of Hudson ISD. Legislative updates, including background bill information, administrative consideration, actions made, and district impact, are standing agenda items at regular board meetings.

Mary Ann initiated the creation of the East Texas Consortium for the New Vision for Public Education, serving as facilitator for 50 districts in Region 7. She has presented at 10 of the 20 Education Service Centers, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Annual Conference, Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Annual Conference, ESC Leadership, and ESC Board Trainings. In addition she was asked to speak at the 2013 Save Texas Schools Rally in February.

Mary Ann Whiteker received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University. She began her teaching career at Corrigan-Camden ISD and moved to Hudson ISD in 1986 as the Curriculum Director. Whitener served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Interim Superintendent before accepting her current position in 1995. Mrs. Whiteker serves on the Commissioner's Cabinet for TEA, TASA Executive Board, Texas Association of Mid-Sized Schools Past-President, Public Committee on Public Education Information Chairperson, Region 7 ESC Executive Board and is President-Elect, Texas Association of Community Schools.

Each year candidates are chosen for strong leadership skills, dedication to improving the quality of education in their school districts, commitment to public support and involvement in education, and the ability to build good employee relations among teachers and staff members. Candidates are nominated by their respective school board, but respective school board members are not allowed to be on the panel of judges. A panel of judges consisting of regional school board members and TASB representatives select the winner on the basis of his/her responses to a series of essay questions. Each regional winner's application will be sent to the 2013 TASA/TASB Annual Convention where the state winner will be announced.