A Q&A with Grapevine-Colleyville ISD superintendent and state honoree Robin Ryan

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A panel of school board members recently selected Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Superintendent Robin Ryan as the Region 11 Superintendent of the Year for 2018. A state winner from the regional winners will be announced Sept. 28.

Ryan has served GCISD as superintendent for nearly seven years. His experience in education spans more than 30 years, serving as a teacher and coach in Hurst-Euless-Bedford and Graham ISDs; a principal in Carroll ISD and GCISD; and chief academic officer and area superintendent in Dallas ISD.

What are some advancements you’re most proud of contributing to in the school district?

I think most of all the personalized approach we’ve taken over the last several years for students and for teachers and all employees has been something that we’re all really proud of. It’s adding choices and opportunities for students. At many of our schools is a unique approach, especially for a school district that’s our size. … No matter what, specialized program or not, the evolution from a teaching platform to a learning platform has really transformed our schools and the experiences that kids have, and that’s really important.

What does it mean to you to be named regional superintendent?

It’s a team award; it speaks to me of the great things that are happening in every department, in every classroom and the team approach that we’ve taken to education in GCISD. I feel like that it’s more of a team award than it is an individual award. It speaks to the work throughout the district, and I’m really proud of our employees and the people who do the good work every single day with our kids and with our parents.

What are some things you’re looking forward to next school year?

We’re really excited for this year. … We’re going to continue in a 21st-century learning environment in every classroom with great relationships with our students, great relationships with our parents and having very high standards so that when our kids do graduate, they’re able to go anywhere. … The other thing that’s exciting for us is our strategic plan, Lead 2021. We’re embarking on the second phase of that strategic plan that we’re calling Lead 2.0. There will be a lot of feedback and community involvement about how to fine-tune and refine our programs that we currently have to be able to better meet the needs of our students
and communities.

What’s your motivation when you go to work?

I have a little personal mission, and that’s to provide an excellent educational experience for our schools and our families, and so my motivation is to try to make our systems and our opportunities for kids better every single day.

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Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. Now she's in Tarrant County, mostly, and has been an Impacter since 2017 as the editor of the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition.
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