Dr. Powell-Superintendent

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Superintendent - Dr. DeeAnn Powell

DeeAnn Powell is the Superintendent of Pasadena ISD. DeeAnn has held many leadership positions over her 30-year career with Pasadena ISD. Before being named Superintendent, DeeAnn began her career as a History Teacher at Jackson Intermediate and quickly advanced in leadership, serving as Campus Peer Facilitator, Assistant Principal and Principal. In 2005, Dr. Powell assumed the role of Associate Superintendent of Campus Development and later was asked to serve as Deputy Superintendent before making history as the first Pasadena ISD graduate and the first female to be appointed Superintendent of Pasadena ISD in 2016.

As Superintendent, her collaborative leadership style and unwavering commitment to student excellence has fostered a positive climate throughout Pasadena ISD, resulting in many district accomplishments. Just a few of these include the expansion of a district-wide full-day pre-kindergarten class at each elementary campus, a K-12 Dual Language program and the implementation of a nationally recognized Personalized Learning program.

Pasadena ISD has been recognized at the regional, state and national levels for academic excellence and support of the Arts. Last year, Pasadena ISD graduated one of the largest group of Early College High School students in the state of Texas; was named a Model Personalized Learning Community (PLC) District by Solution Tree, and was named a Texas Art Educators Association (TAEA) District of Distinction.

Along with excellence in the classroom, our district’s Business Department has also been recognized for excellence in business practice by receiving a Superior Achievement rating on the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) consistently each year of Dr. Powell’s tenure. Furthermore, Pasadena ISD joins only a handful of districts with the highest credit rating by Moody Investor Services.

Dr. Powell has been recognized often for her outstanding leadership during her career. In 2018, she was named a Hurricane Harvey Hero, leading the district and helping the South Belt and surrounding communities in the aftermath of the hurricane. She also received the 2018 Learning for Texas Award for ‘Outstanding Support from a Superintendent for Professional Learning.’ In addition, as a member of the Team of Eight, Dr. Powell and the Board of Trustees were recognized as the Region 4 Board of the Year and selected as one of five Honor Boards recognized by TASA/TASB in 2019.

Dr. Powell holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and History from Sam Houston State University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Management and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. She and her husband, Lance, a police detective with the Pasadena Police Department, call the South Belt home. Together they have four children: Andrew and wife Mary, Mason, Dawson, Caitlyn and one grandchild, Abigail. Andrew and Mason both serve in the U.S. Military.