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Alief ISD’s HD Chambers named Superintendent of the Year

You may have seen on social media and in the news that Alief ISD Superintendent HD Chambers has been named the Superintendent of the Year for the Region 4 area. Region 4 covers the greater Houston area and serves more than 1.2 million students in 48 independent school districts and 39 open-enrollment charter schools.

“For over 36 years, HD Chambers has served as a consummate example of excellence in service for children in keeping students and teachers at the forefront of everything he does, not only for his school district but for districts across the state of Texas,” said Dr. Pam Wells, executive director, Region 4 Education Service Center. “This has been especially evident during the past 15 months. Mr. Chambers has provided exceptional leadership and has ensured students and teachers are empowered to continue learning as they navigate each challenge. We congratulate him for this well-deserved recognition and wish him the best in his nomination for Texas Superintendent of the Year.”

Chambers was also named the Region 4 Superintendent of the Year in 2014. He has 36 years of experience in education with 10 of those in Alief ISD.

During his 10 years as superintendent of Alief ISD, Chambers has been a tireless advocate for students and educators alike and, in collaboration with the Alief School Board of Trustees, supported the formation of the Alief ISD Equity Committee. After months of collaboration, the district adopted the Alief ISD Racial and Social Justice Equity Policy to ensure students have equitable access to educational instruction and programs through enhanced restorative practices, unconscious bias training, and reducing student removal. Equity proved particularly important as the district navigated the uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chambers also has worked to build lasting partnerships with the community. Through the Superintendents Pastoral Network, Chambers established a link between the school district and area churches that has proven to be a vital source of support, particularly during Hurricane Harvey, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Winter Storm Uri.

“Let’s be honest, while I am honored to be selected, this recognition is really hollow without the unwavering support and partnership of a strong School Board and leadership team. I am sincerely blessed to be surrounded by a school board that truly plays the role as a highly functioning governing body, and an Alief ISD staff that works relentlessly every day to help our students and their families,” Chambers said.

The Texas Superintendent of the Year will be announced at the 2021 TASA/TASB Convention September 24–26, 2021, in Dallas.