Interim Superintendent Michael Hinojosa
By way of introduction, my name is Michael Hinojosa. As you may be aware, the Board of Trustees has asked me to serve as interim superintendent for an undetermined period of time. Dallas ISD is my home; I am a graduate of Sunset High School, started my career in education as a teacher and coach at Adamson and later returned as superintendent from 2005-2011. In addition, two of my sons graduated from Hillcrest High School.
As someone who has experienced our schools in those different capacities, please know how much your hard work and dedication on behalf of all Dallas ISD students is both appreciated and admired. I know firsthand how much your work makes a difference in the lives of children and in our community. During the next ten weeks, I will be talking with trustees, staff and community stakeholders to hear how we can best work together to build a stronger Dallas ISD.
A lot of positive steps have been taken during the last few years. Dallas ISD has set high expectations in the classroom and put in place initiatives with the goal of preparing every student for college and the workforce. As the 2015-16 school year approaches, please know that we will continue to uphold those high expectations as well as continue to implement the key initiatives already underway, including the Teacher Excellence Initiative, more Public School opportunities, and expanded Early Childhood and Career and Technical Education programs, all of which are in the best interest of our students.
I look forward to working with you to help all Dallas ISD students and staff members succeed in every way.
About Michael Hinojosa
In May 2014, Dr. Michael Hinojosa retired as a school superintendent. Dr.
Hinojosa served 20 years as a superintendent/CEO of six public education
systems, including two of the 25 largest school systems in America, Dallas
ISD in Texas and the Cobb County School District, in suburban Atlanta,
Georgia. His career in public education, from teacher and coach to
superintendent/CEO, spans more than three decades.
With a firm belief that education and not environment is the key to a
student’s success, he has led several school districts to improved student
achievement. Dr. Hinojosa’s recognitions include being named 2002
Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and
2005 Superintendent of the Year by the University of Texas at Austin. He
was honored as Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Education at Texas
Tech University and the Outstanding Latino Educator by the American
Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents in 2014 and is past
president of the Texas Association of School Administrators. Since
retirement he has served as an educational consultant for various firms that
support public education, including being a master teacher and coach for the
American Association of School Administrators and the American Association
of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.
Dr. Hinojosa holds a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at
Austin. He and wife Kitty have two sons, graduates of Princeton University
and Harvard University. He has a son from a previous marriage who
graduated from Texas Tech University. All three attended Dallas ISD for a
significant portion of their K-12 careers.