The Stafford Municipal School District recently announced the hiring of its new Chief Academic Officer, current Ridge Point High Principal Tammy Edwards.
The board of trustees approved Edwards’ hiring at a special called meeting March 7.
“Mrs. Edwards is one of the premier secondary educators in the State of Texas,” Stafford MSD Superintendent Dr. Robert Bostic said. “We only hire the best administrators and teachers at SMSD, and Mrs. Edwards certainly fits into that category. She has an incredible vision for working with teachers, principals and students.”
Bostic and the board of trustees created the chief academic officer position last year to emphasize SMSD’s strong commitment to academics. Suzanne Heinrich, a retired educational administrator, is currently working as interim CAO.
Edwards was Ridge Point’s first principal when the school opened in 2010. She enjoyed her time at the Sienna Plantation school, but is ecstatic about beginning her administrative tenure with Stafford, the state’s only Municipal School District.
“I was very impressed with the vision Dr. Bostic shared with me,” Edwards said. “Our skills complement one another, which makes accomplishing our goals a reality.”
Edwards will begin on Tuesday, March 22, and during the transition period, she will work three days at SMSD and two days at Ridge Point one week, and vice-versa the next week, through the end of the 2015-16 school year. She will preside over the Ridge Point graduation, then begin working full-time for SMSD on June 6. Heinrich, who mentored Edwards at Goose Creek ISD, will help during that transition.
During her time at Ridge Point, the Fort Bend ISD campus excelled in academics, athletics and extracurriculars. Edwards strongly believes the three are inextricably linked to student success.
“One of my favorite things to do is creating culture and climate – it makes a huge impact on campus,” Edwards said. “All of my work will be in support of the district’s strategic plan. I want to support principals, be a strong resource for them and make their jobs easier, and to work with the Board of Trustees as well.”
Prior to her principalship at Ridge Point, Edwards was a principal at Gentry Middle School in Baytown. She’d also taught and coached volleyball and track at several schools on the eastern side of the Houston metropolitan area.
As Edwards advanced in the educational ranks, she never forgot her classroom roots and finds herself able to relate to every principal, teacher and student she meets.
“You can never forget which side of the desk you started on,” Edwards said. “When I start, I will assess where everybody is and where they want to go. I’ll tap into my own experience to arrive there in the best way possible.”
Edwards has a master’s degree from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Okla. Her late father was a superintendent at Louise ISD in Wharton County, and her mother is a school counselor in Wharton ISD.
“I knew education was the career I wanted to pursue from a young age,” Edwards said.