Dr. Denise Watts – Chief of Schools

  • Dr. Denise Watts has a track record of significantly improving the quality of education for school-age children, especially those in traditionally underserved communities. Watts is experienced in working with various education organizations to create desired conditions in which school leaders, teachers, and students thrive through a range of coherent support services which include professional development, coaching, strategic planning, and school transformation supports.

    Formerly, Watts was employed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as the leader of Project L.I.F.T. (Leadership and Investment for Transformation), a philanthropic initiative composed of leaders from Charlotte's largest community and family foundations aiming to accelerate student achievement in up to 29 schools serving the district's most educational and economically disadvantaged students. She served in the role of a principal supervisor for nine years.

    Watts previously served as Chief of District Support for the University of Virginia's Partnership for Leaders in Education. In this role, she worked to assist school districts from around the country in efforts to improve student outcomes through innovation and best practices.

    In addition to completing the Relay Graduate School of Education Principal Supervisor Fellowship in 2017, Dr. Watts also completed a doctorate in educational leadership at Wingate University in 2014. 

    Contact Information:

    Chief of Schools Denise Watts
    Houston Independent School District
    4400 West 18th Street, Houston, TX 77092-8501

    Phone: 713-556-7257
    E-mail: Denise.Watts@HoustonISD.org