Nicole Moore — Area Superintendent Achieve 180

  • Moore Nicole Moore has been a school support officer in the district’s South Area since 2013. She previously served as principal of Key Middle School, which had significant growth in student achievement for three consecutive years under her leadership. During her tenure at Key, she was named HISD Middle School Principal of the Year in 2013. Prior to becoming a middle school principal, Ms. Moore was the principal of R.P. Harris Elementary School. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Rust College in Mississippi and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Mississippi State University.
     
    Contact Information:

    Area Superintendent Nicole Moore
    Houston Independent School District
    4400 West 18th Street, Houston, TX 77092-8501
    Phone: 713-556-4447
    E-mail: NMOORE3@houstonisd.org

        

Staci Taylor — Area Superintendent North

  • Taylor Staci Taylor has worked as a teacher, instructional coordinator, school improvement facilitator, principal, adjunct professor, assistant superintendent, and most recently as the Officer of Student Assessment for HISD. Taylor earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Sam Houston State University and obtained a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A&M University. A product of HISD, Taylor is committed to ensuring all students receive a quality education regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or socio-economic background. She has taken an unprecedented approach to managing and designing the district’s assessment resources to ensure school leaders, teachers, students, and parents have access to tools and services that positively impact student achievement, support special populations, and promote college and career readiness. Taylor is highly regarded as a leader in urban education through working tirelessly to provide educational opportunities for underserved communities.
     
    Contact Information:

    Area Superintendent Staci Taylor
    Houston Independent School District
    4400 West 18th Street, Houston, TX 77092-8501
    Phone: 713-556-4446
    E-mail: STAYLOR3@houstonisd.org

        

Cesar Martinez — Area Superintendent Northwest

  • Cesar Martinez brings 22 years of experience as a leader at the local, regional, and state levels of education. He started his career in the Broad Prize-winning Brownsville ISD as a middle school teacher, elementary school assistant principal, and principal. Martinez then continued as an Education Specialist with the Statewide Initiatives Division of the Education Service Center – Region XIII in Austin, Texas where he managed the Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) Program and developed, identified, and supported effective instructional practices for the Title I School Improvement Plan (SIP) campuses of Regions IV and V of the state of Texas. He returned to the school district setting as a middle school principal in Austin ISD and as a School Leadership Coordinator in Dallas ISD. Most recently, Martinez has coached and developed 34 principals from early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school campuses over the last five years as a School Support Officer (SSO) in Houston ISD. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, his master’s degree from the University of Texas at Brownsville and is completing his Doctor of Education degree at the University of Texas at Austin.
     
    Contact Information:

    Area Superintendent Cesar Martinez
    Houston Independent School District
    4400 West 18th Street, Houston, TX 77092-8501
    Phone: 713-556-8999
    E-mail: CMARTI43@houstonisd.org

     

Geovanny Ponce — Area Superintendent East

  • Ponce Geovanny Ponce has proven to be an innovative and knowledgeable educator for nearly two decades. His childhood experiences fueled his passion for supporting the growth of the urban child. Ponce, an immigrant from Honduras, instills collaborative leadership to ensure students from all social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds have equal access to high-quality learning opportunities.

    Ponce’s broad range of experience includes mechanical engineer, classroom teacher, campus network specialist, dean of instruction, assistant principal, principal of Hartman Middle School, and most recently principal of Jones Futures Academy. Through his work, he has received recognition from Rice University’s REEP Program and the George W. Bush Presidential Center. He was recognized as HISD’s Secondary Principal of the Year and the Region IV Secondary Principal of the Year for the 2017-18 school year. Previously, he was selected as Bilingual Teacher of the Year, HISD Assistant Principal of the Year, and HISD’s Rookie Secondary Principal of the Year.

    Ponce earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the National Autonomous University of Honduras in Tegucigalpa, a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision at the University of Houston, a bilingual education certification from St. Thomas University, a REEP Business Fellowship for School Leaders from Rice University, and superintendent certification from Region IV. His accomplishments as a secondary school leader led him to serve as a lead principal working to support other secondary school leaders in HISD. Ponce earned his doctoral degree in fall 2019 in public school administration at Texas A&M University- College Station.

    Contact Information:
    Area Superintendent Geovanny Ponce
    Houston Independent School District
    4400 West 18th Street, Houston, TX  77092-8501

    E-mail: GPONCE@houstonisd.org

     

KENNETH DAVIS — AREA SUPERINTENDENT SOUTH

  • Davis Davis began his 29 years in education as a mathematics specialist at Chambers Elementary School in Alief ISD. He started his career in HISD in July 2010 as principal of Dowling Middle School (now Lawson Middle School) before becoming an SSO/assistant superintendent. He also previously served as lead principal coach at Wheatley and Kashmere high schools and principal of Yates High School. He was named Region IV Elementary Principal of the Year in 2009 and National Distinguished Principal for Texas in 2010.

    Davis has a Bachelor of Science in Child Development from Rockford College in Illinois, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from University of St. Thomas, and a doctorate in Education from University of St. Thomas.

    Kenneth Davis serves as Area Superintendent for the South area of the Houston Independent School District. Most recently, he served as HISD’s assistant superintendent of Equity and Outreach, in which he supervised the district’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department.
     
    Contact Information:

    Area Superintendent Kenneth Davis
    Houston Independent School District
    4400 West 18th Street, Houston, TX 77092-8501
    E-mail: KDAVIS17@houstonisd.org

        

James McSwain — Area Superintendent West

  • McSwain James McSwain most recently served as principal of Lamar High School and has served as a lead principal in HISD. Lamar is an International Baccalaureate World School with an enrollment of over 3,300 students. McSwain has worked for 31 years as a high school principal and 36 years in education. His experience includes rural, suburban, and urban settings with a wide range of youths, including severely at-risk and impoverished students.

    McSwain is a past president of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, one of the nation’s largest principal organizations. He has been honored as the Principal of the Year on separate occasions for TASSP Region VIII and the Texas Region IV Education Service Center. Additionally, he was named a Texas State Principal of the Year and was the Texas nominee for National Principal of the Year.

    McSwain holds a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Texas at Arlington, a master of arts in education administration from Tarleton State University, and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Texas Tech University. His doctoral research focused on at-risk minority youth in an alternative setting. He has been recognized by Tarleton State University as an Outstanding Alumni and has worked as a principal mentor for the Texas Education Agency. He currently serves as an International Baccalaureate Site Visit Team Leader and Workshop Leader. McSwain has worked as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University–Texarkana, University of Houston, and Tarleton State University. He currently teaches at the University of St. Thomas.

    Contact Information:
    Area Superintendent James McSwain
    Houston Independent School District
    4400 West 18th Street, Houston, TX  77092-8501


    E-mail: JMCSWAIN@houstonisd.org