Selected from nominees across the state, Round Rock ISD Superintendent Steve Flores, Ph.D., has been named the 2020 Texas Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Flores was selected for the honor as a result of his displayed commitment to the students and schools of Round Rock ISD and dedication to building a strong relationship with the PTA.
“Our PTA is an integral part of what makes our District one of the best in the region and state as they work tirelessly to support our campuses and the teaching and learning that takes place each day,” Dr. Flores said. “It is an honor to be recognized by this organization and to work alongside them to put the education of all first and to provide our students the support and resources they need to succeed.”
Each year, Texas PTA puts out a call for all members to nominate outstanding educators in their communities. Nominations are received from across the state. (This school year alone, over 2,300 campus PTAs and 520,000 volunteers help make up the strong voice and presence of PTA in Texas.) After a careful review process, selections are made in the spring. Both the nomination and nominee profile carries weight in the decision process.
This year, Snehal Phirke, President of Round Rock ISD Council of PTAs, nominated Dr. Flores. Her nomination reads in part:
“Our PTA mantra, ‘Every Child, One Voice,’ is what Dr. Flores believes to his core and uses it daily as the basis of his leadership. With his innovative, open-minded approach, he empowers local leaders to create their own unique, positive learning environments on each campus and in each classroom – reaching all, one student at a time.”
The statewide PTA has been honoring outstanding educators since 2013. In addition to the superintendent of the year, the Texas PTA recognizes the elementary teacher and principal of the year and the secondary teacher and principal of the year.
“Texas PTA recognizes the important role educators and administrators play in our students’ lives,” says Sheri Doss, Texas PTA President. “Our children take on a great deal, but their success is a shared responsibility. The men and women in Texas schools give our students both support and guidance, not to mention a top tier education. We are honored to turn the spotlight back on them!”
Awardees have been extended a special invitation to attend the Talk of Texas Lunch on Oct. 17, 2020, during the association’s statewide convention in Dallas (moved from the original July date due to COVID-19). During the event, this year’s Outstanding Educators and their nominees will take the stage in front of a room packed with their biggest PTA fans.
Before October, Texas PTA will also celebrate the achievements of the 2020 Outstanding Educators at fall board meetings for their school districts. For more information on the nomination process, visit the PTA nomination website.