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
Dr. Michael Hinojosa returned to Dallas ISD when he was unanimously named by the board of trustees to serve as interim superintendent in June 2015. Dr. Hinojosa retired as a school superintendent in May 2014 after serving 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 as the Outstanding Latino Educator by the American Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents in 2014. He is a past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators. Since retirement he has served as an educational consultant for various organizations that support public education, including as a master teacher and coach for the American Association of School Administrators and the American Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.
Dr. Hinojosa, a proud graduate of Dallas Independent School District, 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.