Dr. Woods named finalist in state superintendent of the year competition

Northside Superintendent Brian Woods has been selected as one of five finalists across the state for the Superintendent of the Year in the annual competition sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

The top superintendent will be announced in Austin on Sept. 28 at the annual convention for the Texas Association of School Boards and the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA).

Earlier this year, Woods was named the Region 20 Superintendent of the Year.

“I’m honored they would select me,” Woods said. “It’s really a recognition of the thousands of Northside employees and all that they do for children.”

The other four finalists are: Mark Porterie, Port Arthur ISD; Tim Harkrider, Willis ISD; Kenneth Border, Shallowater ISD; and Juan Martinez, Clint ISD. Superintendent from all 1,000-plus school districts in the state are eligible to be nominated.

Candidates are chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving the quality of education in their school districts, commitment to public support, involvement in education and ability to build good employee relations among teachers and staff members.

“NISD is an extremely diverse school district, but despite the challenges we continue to be successful and that is because of outstanding leaders like Dr. Woods,” said M’Lissa Chumbley, NISD Board President. “Dr. Woods provides the leadership, inspiration, and guidance needed to lead this large organization and we are very proud of his accomplishments.”

The screening committee noted Dr. Woods’ commitment to advocacy for public education and his desire to grow the number of voices speaking up in support of public schools. “He believes that public schools add value to their entire communities, and through Go Public, he works with fellow San Antonio-area districts to spread that message by sharing great stories about public education.”

Dr. Woods began his career in Northside in 1992 as a social studies teacher at Marshall High School. He then helped open O’Connor High School as an Assistant Principal, and was later named Vice Principal and Principal at Clark High School. Dr. Woods has also worked in Northside as Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Administration and Deputy Superintendent.

 Dr. Woods has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree and doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

 Dr. Woods is Vice President of the Texas Association of School Administrators and is a past Chair of the Regional Advisory Executive Committee for Education Service Center, Region 20. He is a member of the Go Public Steering Committee, the Board of P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County, and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as President of the Board of Texas Academic Decathlon and is a member of the Superintendents Advisory Board of the Principals’ Institute, the steering committee for Fast Growth School Coalition, the Superintendent’s Advisory Council for the Holdsworth Center, and an officer in Texas School Alliance.