Dr. Rodney E. Watson, Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Rodney E. Watson became Superintendent of the Spring Independent School District in July 2014, and his tenure has been marked by developments in academics, early-childhood and special education; improved student data management; innovative new-teacher development and postsecondary preparedness programs; and forward-looking initiatives to ensure that the district is strong enough to meet both current and future challenges.
Spring ISD serves more than 35,000 students in a diverse community approximately 20 miles north of downtown Houston. Watson moved quickly upon his arrival to launch a community-wide effort to develop Spring ISD’s five-year strategic plan, Every Child 2020. The strategic planning process fostered new bonds between the district and the community, with Watson and his team enlisting the direct participation of more than 1,000 internal and external stakeholders to construct a plan that could support the district for years to come.
With a renewed focus on student achievement and strengthened communication with those working and living in the district, Watson built on the groundwork laid during the development of Every Child 2020 to move Spring ISD forward. In November 2016, local voters, encouraged by the positive developments since the superintendent’s arrival, approved a $330 million bond referendum that is now helping address a number of long-awaited facility, technology, safety and security needs across the district.
Prior to accepting the leadership role at Spring ISD, Watson served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at the Houston Independent School District, the largest district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the nation, with more than 210,000 students and 30,000 employees.
Watson received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and music education, his master’s degree in counseling psychology, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri–Kansas City in Urban Leadership & Policy Analysis and Curriculum & Instruction. His professional affiliations include work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Association of Black School Administrators, and the American Counseling Association.