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Klein ISD’s Dr. Jenny McGown named Superintendent of the Year
HOUSTON (June 15, 2022)—Dr. Jenny McGown, superintendent of Klein Independent School District, has been named the 2022 Region 4 Superintendent of the Year. McGown is the Region 4 nominee for the 2022 Texas Superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). Regional winners will be interviewed August 26–27, and five state finalists will be selected. The Superintendent of the Year will be announced at the txEDCON22 TASA | TASB Convention.
McGown, who has served in her current position for three years, is Klein ISD’s first female superintendent in the district’s 84-year history. Under her leadership, Klein has developed unique pathways for students to earn college credit before high school graduation, including the creation of Texas’ first Geospatial Engineering and Land Surveying pathway. The district also earned national recognition from The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as a Best Community for Music Education for the eleventh consecutive year and was named the National District of the Year by District Administration in 2021.
“It is our board’s great honor to learn that our outstanding Klein ISD superintendent, Dr. Jenny McGown, has been selected as the Region 4 Superintendent of the Year,” said Ronnie K. Anderson, Klein ISD Board President. “As the Board President, and in my 13 years of serving as a Klein ISD Trustee, I have not experienced a more spirited, dedicated, and successful leader in public education than Dr. McGown. She is extraordinarily gifted, and we’re fortunate to have her brilliant mind and caring heart protecting and enhancing our longstanding tradition of excellence and innovation in Klein ISD.”
McGown, who has two children who attend Klein ISD schools, has developed strong relationships among families, staff, and community members. The district has twice been awarded the Texas Education Agency’s Parent and Family Engagement Promising Practices Award and has been appointed to the State Council for Parent and Family Engagement, which focuses on helping parents improve their children’s educational achievement and outcomes.
“With Dr. McGown’s unique insight into education and her visionary and dynamic leadership style, we are confident that not only will Klein ISD continue its tradition of excellence and innovation in education,” said Anderson, “but it is poised to make its aspirational shared vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose a life-changing reality for our students.”
Klein ISD also has continued its history of excellence in fiscal stewardship and transparency under McGown’s leadership. The district has earned numerous awards for financial management and recently adopted its lowest tax rate in eleven years—all while focusing on high student achievement.
“Dr. Jenny McGown is an exceptional leader who is always focused on excellence in service for children. She keeps students and teachers at the forefront of each decision she makes as superintendent of Klein ISD,” said Dr. Pam Wells, executive director, Region 4 Education Service Center. “We congratulate her for this well-deserved recognition and wish her the best in her nomination for Texas Superintendent of the Year.”
About Texas Association of School Boards
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve approximately 5.4 million public school students. The Superintendent of the Year program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership since 1984. Candidates are chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving educational quality in their districts, and commitment to public involvement in education. Superintendents from any of the state’s 1,026 local school districts are eligible for nomination by their school boards.
About Region 4 Education Service Center
Region 4 Education Service Center (Region 4), located in Houston, is one of 20 service centers established by the Texas Legislature in 1967. The purposes of the service centers, as presented in legislation, are to assist school districts in improving student performance, to enable school districts to operate more efficiently and economically, and to implement initiatives assigned by the Legislature or Commissioner of Education. The core purpose of Region 4 is to provide excellence in service for children.
Encompassing seven counties in the upper Texas Gulf Coast area, Region 4 serves 47 independent school districts and 40 open-enrollment charter schools. As the largest service center in Texas, Region 4 serves an education community of more than 1.2 million students, more than 100,000 professional educators, and 1,500 campuses.