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Aspiring Superintendents Virtual Summer Series

The TASA Aspiring Superintendents Virtual Summer Series is back for 2021! Whether you attended the most recent Aspiring Superintendents Academy and are ready for a deeper dive or you are joining us for the first time, you don’t want to miss this three-part series to be offered completely online in June-July 2021! Dr. Jill Siler will be back to facilitate, moderate, and share her own experiences alongside other Texas school leaders.

Upcoming Events

About the Summer Series

Virtual Event #1: Leadership as a Lifestyle & Readiness

Friday, June 18
9-10:30 a.m.

This session will focus on leadership as a lifestyle with a presentation from Dr. Nicole Poenitzsch, Bellville ISD superintendent. It will also include a conversation on superintendent readiness with Dr. Jenny Preston, former Graham ISD and Allen ISD superintendent, and a conversation about the superintendent search process with Dr. David Faltys, Ray & Associates Search Firm Consultant and former Carroll ISD superintendent. This interactive session 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 #2: Reflections on Entry & the Search

Friday, July 9
9-10:30 a.m.

This session will focus on leading an effective transition and entry into a school community and will feature two superintendents who have transitioned more than once – Dr. Roosevelt Nivens and Dr. Lane Ledbetter. It will also will include a conversation with Dr. Russell Marshall from Arrow Educational Services about the superintendent search process. This interactive session will include Q&A time with all guests and will include an overview of the online repository and the entry plan materials included with the series.

Virtual Event #3: The Superintendent Journey

Friday, July 30
9-10:30 a.m.

This session will start with a discussion with a few superintendents who are at the early part of their superintendent journey. Aransas County ISD’s Josh Garcia, Era ISD’s Shannon Luis, and Granger ISD’s Jeni Neatherlin will all share their unique paths to the superintendency. The session will close with reflections from a legendary leader, Dr. Thomas Randle, who recently retired. From getting the job to being successful in the job, this session will cover topics including engaging the community, building board relationships, and working through difficult decisions. This interactive session will include Q&A time and an overview of the other online repository materials included with the series. 

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.

Chief School Leadership Officer, Greenville 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

Jill Siler

Jill Siler

Jill Siler has been serving as the superintendent of Gunter ISD since 2012. She leads TASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy and chairs TASA’s Future-Ready Superintendent Leadership Network (FRSLN) Design Team, which brings together innovative leaders from across the state to learn, share, and grow together. She was also a member of the TASA 2025 Task Force, which helped launch the redesign of this academy.

Jill has a passion for helping others reach their goals and has been a frequent speaker at TASA’s Aspiring Superintendent Academy and First-Time Superintendents Academy, as well as the Texas Council of Women School Executives (TCWSE) Annual Conference and other leadership conferences.

She published her first book in 2020, focused on thriving through the most difficult moments of leadership. Her writing and other resources helpful to aspiring leaders can be found at

Series Sponsors

CPE Hours

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


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