About Region 4

Message from the Executive Director


watson-2-copyI am Dr. Rodney E. Watson, and I have the privilege of serving as Executive Director of
Region 4 Education Service Center. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you today.
More than half a century ago, the Texas Legislature established regional education service centers in a demonstration of unwavering commitment to excellence in education. Since that pivotal moment, Region 4 Education Service Center has dedicated itself to assisting school districts and charter schools in enhancing student performance, operational efficiency, and the successful implementation of state initiatives.
Recognizing the dynamic needs of educators, Region 4 is thrilled to introduce our esteemed District Advancement Champions—your dedicated partners in educational success. We believe every educator deserves a champion to rely on, and we stand ready to provide the comprehensive support you deserve.
Embark on a journey of discovery as you explore myriad services meticulously tailored to assist you in recruiting talent, developing their skills, cultivating a rich and result-driven culture, and advancing your organization's overall success. Our Centers for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Strategic District Support, Educator Development, Transformation, and Organizational Culture are thoughtfully designed to empower you and your teams to 
achieve excellence.

As your trusted partner, we extend to you exceptional, expert-led professional development opportunities, high-quality educational products, and strategic guidance to elevate the performance of your district's campuses.
Region 4 is not merely a resource hub; we are a collective of District Advancement Champions composed of experienced educators and education leaders. We take pride in being the trusted guides for nearly 90 districts. From addressing instructional challenges to fortifying sustainable infrastructures, we focus on assisting educators and supporting school leaders in their mission to provide the highest quality education to all students.
Region 4 possesses the tools and resources essential for the thriving success of every K–12 employee. Allow us the privilege of being your partners in achieving excellence in education. Rest assured we have your back.
Rodney E. Watson, PhD
Executive Director, Region 4 ESC




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

linda-tinnermanMrs. Linda Tinnerman
representing districts in
Chambers and Liberty Counties

laverie-wise(1)Mrs. 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

lj44794-editDr. Hugh Hayes
representing districts in
West and North Harris County



andy-reyesMr. Andy Reyes

representing districts in
Brazoria County


lalla-morrisMs. Lalla Morris  
representing Charter Districts


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

Jennifer Brock, EdD


Center for Strategic District Support

Kelly Ingram, EdD

Deputy Executive Director


Finance and Business Services 

Jorgannie Carter


Strategic Communications
and Engagement
Stephanie Noriega


Technology and Operations Services

Jeff Kohrman

Chief, Technology and Operations


View the Region 4 Organization Chart



Region 4 Receives Financial Reporting Award


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.

Main Office
Region 4 Education Service Center
7145 West Tidwell Road Houston, Texas 77092-2096
713.462.7708 | PHONE
Region 4 is making improvements to the McKinney Conference Center and will invite guests to experience the difference in September of 2024.
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