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Superintendent of Schools

June 19, 2020

Today, the Texas City Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved Melissa Duarte, Ed.D. as the lone finalist for superintendent of Texas City ISD.

She currently serves as the deputy superintendent in Goose Creek ISD. Her 28-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. She gained her 24 years of administrative experience in Sharyland ISD and Goose Creek ISD.

"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," said Bryan Thompson, TCISD School Board President. "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 (1991), a Masters' of Education, Administration/Supervision (1996) and a Doctorate in Education, all from the University of Texas-Pan American (2005).

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. We expect Texas City ISD to demonstrate even greater levels of student success under her leadership," said Thompson.

Once Duarte signs her contract after the 21-day waiting period, she will become the 17th superintendent in Texas City ISD since 1913.