Superintendent of Schools
On July 14, 2020, the Texas City ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Melissa Duarte, Ed.D. as the superintendent of Texas City ISD.
Prior to joining Texas City ISD, she served as the deputy superintendent in Goose Creek ISD. Her 30-year education career also includes teaching at the elementary, junior high and high school level, serving as a principal, an elementary curriculum coordinator, an executive director for curriculum and instruction, and an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
“Dr. Duarte has a strong proven track record with curriculum, academic accountability and financial accountability. She is a proven leader and has shown great leadership in her role as deputy superintendent in Goose Creek ISD,” Bryan Thompson, board president, says. “She implemented effective academic measures in her current district that can be replicated in Texas City ISD.”
She is known to be a turn-around administrator that takes campuses from unacceptable to exemplary. Some of Duarte’s achievements also include receiving national designations for academic programs, increasing dual credit and career and technology education participation, and developing a community outreach early literacy program and a dual language program. Duarte has a Bachelor of Business Administration & Economics Studies, a Masters’ of Education, Administration/Supervision and a Doctorate in Education, all from the University of Texas-Pan American.
Together, she and her husband, Darrell, have 4 adult children: Ryan, Drew, Aaron and Brittany.
“We believe the Duartes are going to be a great addition to our community and to the Texas City ISD family,” Thompson says. “We expect Texas City ISD to demonstrate even greater levels of student success under her leadership.”