The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved several senior leadership positions at its April 17 meeting.
Dr. Joe Rodriguez was named chief of schools after serving as interim chief for the past several months. Before coming to FBISD as an assistant superintendent, Rodriguez served as administrator for secondary education at Harlingen Consolidated ISD. Prior to that, he was a principal at Harlingen High School South and Travis Elementary, both in HCISD. He began his career as a grade-school teacher.
Rodriguez earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, and his master’s degree in educational administration and doctorate of educational leadership at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Stephanie Williams was named executive director of teaching and learning. Williams has served as FBISD’s director of teacher development for the past two years, and had previously served as the district’s coordinator of secondary mathematics.
An educator of 21 years, Williams joined FBISD in 2001 as a geometry teacher at Bush High School, where she served for five years before accepting a position as a math instructional specialist at Travis High School. She obtained her master’s degree in educational administration from Concordia University and her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Texas.
Troy Byrne was named executive director of transformational learning. Most recently, Byrne was the interim executive director of curriculum and instruction at El Paso ISD. Prior to that, he served as a school improvement officer for Socorro ISD, as well as a high school principal.
Byrne began his career as a science teacher in Ysleta ISD in 1991. He earned his master’s degree in educational administration and bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Texas-El Paso.
Mary Brewster was named executive director of assessment and accountability and has been principal of FBISD’s McAuliffe Middle School for the past three years. Prior to that, Brewster served as an elementary school principal, assistant principal and teacher in Fort Bend ISD. She received her master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from the University of Houston and her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas Southern University.
John Montelongo was named principal of Hightower High School. Montelongo previously served as assistant superintendent of school support services for Comal ISD, where he also served as executive director of secondary schools and as a high school principal during his career.
Montelongo began his career as a teacher and coach, and then as an assistant principal and principal for several high schools.
He was an assistant principal at FBISD’s Bush High School from 2001-2003.
He obtained his master’s degree in education administration from Texas Southern University and a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin University.