As the new university 12 months begins, University of Houston-Victoria alumnus Ronnie Edwards has a primary goal in thoughts — how to best provide and assistance the learners, instructors and staff members of the Katy Unbiased Faculty District.
Edwards not too long ago was appointed as the district’s new assistant superintendent for college leadership and assistance. In that job, he will help oversee far more than 87,000 learners. He was the principal of Mayde Creek Significant University for 5 a long time right before accepting his new situation.
“It is an honor for me to provide in this position, and I believe this is a good chance to make an influence in the schooling program at a unique stage,” Edwards said. “In this function, I can be a lot more associated in the K-12 system at Katy ISD and have a beneficial affect on scholar achievements.”
Edwards brings 30 years of education and learning knowledge to the job. He started off in 1991 as an English trainer and mentor at Santa Fe Independent University District and for several several years taught English and coached basketball for various college districts.
In 1999, he was hired as head basketball coach and actual physical education instructor for Katy Significant Faculty, where by he worked for 5 many years right before accepting a head mentor and English instructor situation at Kemper Significant University in the Fort Bend Independent School District.
In 2009, Edwards started doing work at the administrative degree at Fort Bend ISD and became the assistant principal at Clements Substantial Faculty and then the affiliate principal at William B. Travis Substantial Faculty. In 2013, he became the principal at John Foster Dulles Large University.
In 2016, he returned to Katy ISD as principal at Mayde Creek Substantial College.
Edwards has a Bachelor of Science in actual physical schooling with a minor in English from Tarleton Condition College. In 2008, he been given a Learn of Training in administration and supervision from UHV.
“We are normally happy to hear about the function and achievements of our UHV education alumni,” reported Rachel Martinez, interim dean of the UHV School of Instruction, Overall health Professions & Human Enhancement. “Educators and directors can have a lasting and favourable effect on the faculty districts and communities they serve, and we wish Mr. Edwards all the finest in his new leadership position.”
Edwards began his transition from the classroom and courtroom to administration soon after he was approached by a colleague about turning out to be an assistant principal. From the perspective of equally a instructor and a mentor, Edwards experienced insight into what was wanted to direct, educate and inspire students. He also believed that far more could be performed to persuade to start with-generation and other learners to continue on their education and learning with a school diploma or superior trade certification.
Edwards listened to about UHV’s graduate training program from colleagues who experienced long gone via it and had been effective. Whilst a UHV student, Edwards discovered about the importance of developing instructional leaders. The UHV faculty, as perfectly as other graduate learners in his cohort, ended up instrumental in aiding put together Edwards as an administrator. He loved his time as a university student and exchanging thoughts and techniques with other college students. He keeps in touch with some of them today.
“There was a sense of community that was designed in that plan that authorized me to feel about the significance and benefit of a principal and what it can take to be a chief in schooling,” he claimed.
In his new part, Edwards oversees student companies that require university student support and social emotional finding out as properly as teachers. In current several years, there has been a force in instruction to foster the social and emotional demands of pupils and assistance their over-all improvement, he reported.
In addition to instructors, some students also fulfill with help staff, this kind of as counselors, nurses or social staff, who offer added insight into their very well-being. Right before the begin of the school calendar year, the Katy college district hosted a scholar aid summit for accredited school psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors and other assist employees to go over means of supporting pupils.
Considering that some students and their mother and father could make a connection with a member of the help employees, it is essential that all staff and teachers function together to produce a cohesive program of support, Edwards said.
“Children all have had different experiences that have shaped them into who they are, and it is our career as educators to provide the proper articles to assist them acquire socially and emotionally as very well as academically,” he stated. “So lots of situations, the social and emotional point out of college students will determine their results, so it is crucial that we have assets and guidance out there to them to make the training knowledge equitable.”
Whilst doing work in these solutions is quite new to Edwards, he is up for the problem of helping to develop a powerful and supportive schooling process for the youth in Katy.
“It is generally satisfying whenever you’re in a new function and mastering about techniques and processes that can assistance an organization and its stakeholders,” he said. “By connecting with so a lot of different ranges of training, there can be thoughtful and purposeful impacts for learners, academics, staff members and dad and mom. I am element of 1 of the most effective school districts in the point out, and I know we can all accomplish so substantially collectively.”