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About Region 4

Message from the Executive Director


dr-watson-copyMore than fifty years ago, the Texas Legislature demonstrated its commitment to excellence in education by establishing regional education service centers with the purpose of helping school districts and charter schools improve student performance, operate more efficiently, and implement state initiatives.

Since then, Region 4 Education Service Center has focused on providing responsive and effective support that promotes student success and allows flexibility of resources to target the specific needs of our students and communities.

Our core purpose of Excellence in Service for Children is reflected in the products and services we provide. From instruction to ancillary services, we focus on helping educators solve instructional challenges, build and reinforce sustainable infrastructures, and support school leaders in their mission to provide the highest quality education to all students.


Rodney Watson, PhD




About Region 4 Education Service Center

Region 4 Education Service Center (Region 4) is one of 20 regional education service centers established by the Texas Legislature in 1967 to assist school districts and charter schools in improving efficiencies and student performance. Regional education service centers are nonregulatory, intermediate education units. Texas Education Code, Chapter 8, gives each school district the opportunity to voluntarily be served by and participate with a regional education service center.

Region 4 serves an eight-county area comprised of 48 public school districts and 41 open-enrollment charter schools, representing more than 1.2 million students, 165,000 educators, and 1,500 campuses.


School Districts (by County)


Open-Enrollment Charter Schools


Region 4 Demographics

Map of Region 4



In conformity with Tex. Educ. Code §28.002, resources and services provided by Region 4 Education Service Center for Texas schools are aligned with, and designed to support, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) adopted by the State Board of Education.



Our Purpose and Commitment


The purpose of regional education service centers, as established by the Texas Legislature, is to—


  • Assist school districts in improving student performance
  • Enable school districts to operate more efficiently and economically
  • Implement initiatives as assigned by the Texas Legislature or Commissioner of Education

In fulfilling our mission set forth by the state, Region 4 commits to embodying a vision that guides us in our aim for excellence.

Core Purpose

Excellence in Service for Children
Region 4 Goals 2022–2023 
Goal 1: Improve student achievement
Goal 2: Provide efficient fiscal management and effective stewardship
Goal 3: Build collaborative relationships and partnerships
Goal 4: Promote a supportive and productive work environment

Board of Directors

Region 4 Education Service Center is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors, seven of whom are elected by school districts’ Boards of Trustees. A nonvoting member representing charter schools is appointed by the Texas Commissioner of Education. Elected directors serve 3-year terms on a staggered basis. The Board sets policies and goals for the Service Center, and the Executive Director and Region 4 staff are responsible for ensuring that these policies and goals are met.


Mrs. Carmen Moreno

representing districts in
Galveston County

Mrs. Linda Tinnerman
representing districts in
Chambers and Liberty Counties

laverie-wiseMrs. LaVerie Wise


representing districts in
Central Harris County


Mr. Victor White

Assistant Secretary

representing districts in
East Harris County



Mrs. Scotty Bass
representing districts in
Fort Bend and Waller Counties

Dr. Hugh Hayes
representing districts in
West and North Harris County



Mr. Andy Reyes

representing districts in
Brazoria County


lalla-morrisMs. Lalla Morris  
representing Charter Districts




Region 4 Receives Financial Reporting Award

Pictured from left to right:

Rodney Watson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Region 4;  Greg Peterson, Partner, Assurance Services, Weaver; Carmen Moreno, Region 4 Board of Directors Vice-Chair;  Robert Zinglemann, Chief Financial Officer, Region 4

For the 28th consecutive year, Region 4 has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association and Association of School Business Officials International, respectively.

These certificates are awarded to state and local governments that go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure. The goal of these programs is to ensure that users of the financial statements have the information necessary to determine the financial health of the organization.

Region 4 Leadership



Rodney Watson, PhD
Executive Director


Center for Educator Development, Transformation, and Organizational Culture

Julie Hill, JD

Deputy Executive Director

Center for Excellence in Teaching

and Learning

Kelly Ingram, EdD

Deputy Executive Director


Center for Strategic District Support

Sylvia Mitchell, PhD

Chief Officer

Communication and

Administrative Services

Kristi Hernandez
Chief Officer

Finance and Operations Services 

Robert Zingelmann
Chief Financial Officer


Technology Services

Jeff Kohrman

Chief Technology Officer



View the Region 4 Organization Chart
Region 4 renovations begin March 2023
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