Dripping Springs ISD hires Karen Kidd as new assistant superintendent for learning and innovation

A screen shot from the May 11 Dripping Springs ISD virtual board meeting
Dripping Springs ISD held a board of trustees meeting May 11. (Courtesy Dripping Springs ISD)

Dripping Springs ISD held a board of trustees meeting May 11. (Courtesy Dripping Springs ISD)

The Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees voted to approve the hiring of Karen Kidd as the district's new assistant superintendent of learning and innovation at a May 11 special called meeting.

“What was impressive about Karen is that she is very student focused. She makes decisions on what’s best for kids and looks for ways to be creative and innovative. We’re excited and thrilled for her to be joining our team," Superintendent Todd Washburn said following the unanimous vote.


Kidd, currently the director of curriculum and instruction at Prosper ISD, comes to DSISD with over 19 years experience, according to Washburn. She will take the reins from former Dripping Springs High School Principal Joe Burns, who has served as assistant superintendent in an interim capacity since August 2019, following the departure of Nicole Poenitzsch, the former assistant superintendent for learning and innovation.

“I am very excited to be part of an excellent district and community that values education and seeing students for who they are and personalizing learning. I am just thrilled to be approved for this wonderful position," Kidd said at the meeting.

Kidd comes to the district after a five-year administrative stint at PISD, 12 years of administrative work at Frisco ISD, and several years of classroom teaching at FISD and Richardson ISD. According to a DSISD announcement, she will begin her new role later in May.
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. A graduate of Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina, Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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