Dr. Lupita Hinojosa, Superintendent of Schools

  • Dr. Lupita Hinojosa was named Superintendent of Schools in January 2022, becoming the first Hispanic woman to hold the top leadership position in Spring ISD, which serves more than 34,000 students in a diverse community approximately 20 miles north of downtown Houston.

    An experienced educational leader with more than 30 years in public education, Dr. Hinojosa joined Spring ISD in 2014 as the Chief Schools Officer and later served as the district's Chief of Innovation and Equity. 

    As Chief Schools Officer, she helped oversee the implementation of the district’s Five-Year Strategic Plan focused on student-centered transformation. As chief of Innovation and Equity, she worked to create opportunities for all students from various backgrounds to ensure excellent and equitable outcomes – securing more than $40 million in grants for school and district transformation efforts.

    Since becoming Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Hinojosa is ushering in a new Strategic Plan, Every Student – Every Teacher – Every Day: A Blueprint for Excellent and Equitable Outcomes, to build on the work in Spring ISD to continue to improve student achievement and ensure all paths are aligned to that purpose. The plan follows the Board of Trustees’ commitment to six priorities: Student Outcomes, Opportunities, Leadership, Well-Being, Engagement, and Equity.

    Most recently under Dr. Hinojosa’s leadership, preliminary data from the TEA shows the district has made great gains in student achievement scores, thus closing the gaps between Spring ISD and statewide results.

    In planning for the coming school year, Dr. Hinojosa has also spearheaded the launch of a new Momentum High School, which will offer a path to graduation for students seeking an alternative to the traditional middle school or high school experience. With smaller classes, personalized learning plans, accelerated credit recovery and career training opportunities, Momentum will provide paths to graduation for students who may have become disconnected or disengaged in their traditional high school environment.

    Dr. Hinojosa began her career in 1988 as an elementary bilingual teacher with the Houston Independent School District, going on to serve as an elementary principal, middle school principal, executive principal, school services officer, and as an assistant superintendent – a role in which she oversaw 114 magnet programs serving approximately 45,000 students. 

    Hinojosa holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin, an Elementary and Bilingual Education Certification from the University of Houston, a Master of Education in educational leadership and management from the University of Houston at Clear Lake and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of Houston.

    Lupita Hinojosa, Ed.D.