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Aspiring Superintendents Virtual Summer Series

The fourth Annual TASA Aspiring Superintendents Summer Series is a “don’t miss” opportunity for all leaders preparing to be superintendent! If you attended the Aspiring Superintendents Academy at Midwinter Conference and want a deeper dive or if you are joining us for the first time, you want to be a part of this three-part virtual series in June 2023. Learn from experienced superintendents. Each one will help shape your perspective and give you tools you need to succeed as a first-time superintendent. Dr. Charles Dupre will moderate each session and share experiences from his 15 years as superintendent. Three 90-minutes sessions on Tuesdays this June might be just what you need to take that next step on your leadership journey. Register now!

Upcoming Events

About the Summer Series

All three interactive sessions will include Q&A time with all guests and an overview of the online repository and the sample interview materials included with the series.

Virtual Event #1: Your First Superintendent Job: Preparation and Research

Tuesday, June 6, 2023
8:30-10 a.m.

  • Does Your Application Say, “I’m Your Superintendent?”
  • Researching Your Potential District and Board
  • Red Flags and Caution Lights to Study Before You Interview or Accept the Job
  • Named Lone Finalist, Now What?

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Dr. Clark Ealy, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD
  • Diana Sayavedra, El Paso ISD
  • Dr. Marc Smith, Duncanville ISD
  • Dr. Tiffany Spicer, Buna ISD


Virtual Event #2: Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

Tuesday, June 13, 2023
8:30-10 a.m.

  • Negotiate the Contract You’ve Earned
  • Straight Talk About Beginning Your New Job
  • Using the Entry Plan to Partner with the Board, Students, Staff, and Community

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Dr. Lupita Hinojosa, Spring ISD
  • Dr. A. Katrise Perera, Lancaster ISD
  • Dr. Joe Rodriguez, Fredericksburg ISD
  • Dr. Glen Teal, Jim Ned CISD


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Virtual Event #3: How Will I Know?

Tuesday, June 20, 2023
8:30-10 a.m.

  • Are You REALLY Ready for the Job?
  • Professional Readiness Factors
  • Personal Readiness Factors

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Dr. Shannon Allen, Beaumont ISD
  • Dr. Jason Hewitt, Shepherd ISD
  • Sergio Menchaca, Terrell County ISD
  • Dr. Megan Pape, Snook ISD


Registration includes all three virtual events; recordings will be available to registrants in case they cannot participate in any of the live events. Registrants will also have access to an online repository full of sample resumes, entry plans, and interview tips from the most successful superintendents in Texas. 

What Participants of Other TASA Aspiring Superintendents Events are Saying

What a gift to have these experts who will be brutally honest in order to help leaders get better! Thankful these leaders are taking the time to invest in others!

Lisa Lovato

Personalized Learning & Innovation Specialist, Mesquite ISD

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy was amazing! I was a little reluctant to do it because it was virtual and I thought it wouldn’t be worth it. I was wrong! I was glued from the beginning. The information was timely and relevant, and I felt like I was there with the presenters. I was able to be reflective after the completion of each session and think about how it corresponded to what I needed to do to refine my skills as a leader and an aspiring superintendent. Dr. Siler and her team made what could have been an awkward academy relevant, engaging, and inspiring.

Herbert O'Neil, Jr.

Superintendent, Hempstead ISD

Attending the Aspiring Superintendents Academy allowed me to see and be around a life I *might* have one day. A chance to hear current and future superintendents reflect, bestow trade knowledge, and inspire hope for a better educational system.

Amy Sharp

Educational Partner for Humanities, Eanes ISD

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy was a timely, relevant, and information-packed experience. Hearing from current superintendents and experts in the search firm field has helped to better prepare me to take the next step in my career.

Trent Hamilton

Principal, Trenton ISD

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy was inspiring and eye opening. Hearing the individual pathways that great superintendents traveled toward the role, taught me that there is no specific path to the superintendency, but through authentic leadership experiences and support, it is an achievable goal.

Brishaun S. Sutton

Principal, Houston ISD

I treasure some of the incredible knowledge and skills I gained during the Aspiring Superintendents training. The sessions were very informative and affirming of my call to take the next step. I would not be where I am at today if not for the insights I gained in these sessions.

Josh Garcia

Superintendent, Aransas County ISD

Series Moderator

Charles Dupre
Charles Dupre

TASA Deputy Executive Director, Member Engagement & Support


Charles Dupre joined the full-time TASA staff as deputy executive director, Member Engagement and Support, on September 1, 2021. Dupre served as superintendent of both Pflugerville and Fort Bend ISDs.

Under his leadership from 2013 to 2021, FBISD saw notable growth in student achievement and increased opportunities for all students, including traditionally underrepresented groups. In 2018, the district was awarded the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award as the best school district in the large district category, and Dupre was named the Region 4 Superintendent of the Year and finalist for Texas Superintendent of the Year in 2019. While serving in Pflugerville ISD in 2012, he was named the Region 13 Superintendent of the Year and was chosen as a finalist for Texas Superintendent of the Year.

Dupre received his BBA with a major in Accounting from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and his master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Houston. He received his doctorate in educational leadership from Lamar University in Beaumont.

CPE Hours

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy offers 4.5 hours of Continuing Professional Education credit.


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