Dr. Powell Takes Acting Superintendent Reins for Pasadena Schools
Dr. DeeAnn Powell, named by the Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees last month to replace retiring superintendent Dr. Kirk Lewis, assumed the position of acting superintendent on Wednesday following the approval of her contract at a special called meeting of the school board on Tuesday.
Dr. Powell, the district’s deputy superintendent for the past two years, will officially take over the superintendent’s position on February 1, following Dr. Lewis’s retirement.
She is already making history as the first female and the first Pasadena ISD graduate to lead the district.
“It gives me a sense of pride knowing that I have the opportunity to lead the same district where I received my education,” Dr. Powell said.
“I think my experience as a former Pasadena ISD student gives me a unique perspective on the opportunities available, what students desire in a school district and what it will take to help them reach their goals. I plan to use these experiences to be an effective leader for Pasadena ISD.”
The district selected Dr. Powell as the lone finalist last month. Per state law, trustees were required to wait 21 days after the announcement before offering a contract.
Dr. Powell has served the district as a history teacher, peer facilitator, assistant principal, principal, associate superintendent and most recently deputy superintendent. She was raised in Pasadena and attended L.F. Smith Elementary, Williams Elementary, Queens Intermediate and Pasadena High School.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and history from Sam Houston State University and a master’s degree in educational management and a doctorate in educational leadership from University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Dr. Powell is married to Lance Powell, a detective with the Pasadena Police Department. They have four children: Andrew, who attends the U.S. Naval Academy; Mason, a Texas A&M student; Dawson, and Caitlyn.