Gearing Up For Change!
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Donna ISD Superintendent Dr. Hafedh Azaiez

Dr. Azaiez holds a bachelor degree in physics and chemistry from La Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, in Tunisia,      masters of education from the University of St. Thomas and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from    Sam Houston State University.  He is fluent in English, Spanish, Arabic and French.  His career in public education    began in 2002  as a middle school science teacher and coach with the Houston School District.  He later moved on    to administrative roles, including assistant principal, principal and lead principal.

What are some of my current plans to change the district?

It starts from the top.  Me and our board members, all of us have to work together by leading and leading by example.  It starts by being transparent, having open communications.  But also where many fail is on two parts.

Part number one is not being inclusive, not including people in the decision making.  Sometimes you rush and you fail by not involving the  right people or by not putting the right people around the table.

The second part is that sometimes they don't explain the why behind their decision, because as leaders you have to make tough decisions sometimes, and if you are inclusive and if you explain the why on your decisions, then I think you will be 99 percent set for success.

I am going to be visible as much as I can.  I have to be a good listener. I want to learn before I make big decisions. I'm also someone who truly believes in coaching people...I have high expectations of you, but I will coach you and help you get there.

This is the same with academics.  Our goal is really to increase the number of students who are reading at grade level.  We want to start early on.  We want to make sure our students are excelling on any test.  We want to make sure that we prepare students for college, career and military.  And not only prepare them but make sure they can be successful.  I think that the way of achieving these goals is providing opportunities for every student...because I might not be somebody who is into music or athletics, so what can you do for me?

We need to look for other options, opportunities and choices for every student.  We need to make sure to challenge them at their full potential, whether that means offering advanced courses at the middle school level, or increasing our dual-credit enrollment and AP Offerings at high school, so be it.

dperez-hernandez@themonitor.com