McKinney ISD has chosen Suzy Woodard and Geoff Sanderson for two recently vacated high-level administrative positions. Woodard has been named Assistant Superintendent for Learner Support, and Sanderson will serve as Chief Program Evaluation Officer. The Board of Trustees approved both decisions on Tuesday night.
As Assistant Superintendent for Learner Support, Woodard will be primarily responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the district’s elementary curriculum and providing administrative leadership and support to the district’s elementary school principals.
Sanderson, as Chief Program Evaluation Officer, will take charge of state and federal assessment implementation and accountability as well as evaluation of district programs.
Suzy Woodard, Assistant Superintendent for Learner Support
Woodard is a veteran administrator with more than 20 years in education, 13 of those in MISD. She has spent the past eight years as principal of Reuben Johnson Elementary, and prior to that, she served as principal of Vega Elementary and then Minshew Elementary. But, Woodard’s influence and leadership extend well beyond the walls of any one campus.
“Suzy brings a wide variety of experiences from within our district,” MISD Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel said. “Her knowledge of curriculum and instruction at the elementary level truly sets her apart from many of the other candidates that we interviewed. More importantly, the respect she has earned among her peers is the number one characteristic that really led us to believe that she is the hands-down choice for this position. Her character has proven to be exceptional over the years, and that has garnered the respect of her peers at every turn.”
Woodard began her career in Bryan ISD where she served four years as a 5th grade classroom teacher. After a hiatus from teaching, she returned to education in 1996 with a master’s degree from the University of North Texas, and when she accepted a job as principal of Little Elm Middle School in Little Elm ISD, she began what would become a 19 year journey as a campus principal. After two years as principal at King Elementary in Little Elm, Woodard moved to McKinney where she has served over the last 13 years.
Now, even as Woodard looks ahead to the next step in her journey, it is with fondness that she pauses to look back on her years at Johnson.
“Reuben Johnson Elementary is an exceptional school community, and it has been my pleasure to serve as the principal for the past eight years,” Woodard said. “While I will miss working directly with RJE’s students, staff and parents, I am honored to have the opportunity to accept this new role and appreciate the confidence Dr. McDaniel and the School Board have in me. I am looking forward to doing the best work of my career to promote the success of MISD.”
Woodard holds a Bachelor of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with Specialization in Reading from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education Administration Mid-Management from the University of North Texas.
Geoff Sanderson, Chief Program Evaluation Officer
Geoff Sanderson is no stranger to Texas public schools, state assessment or MISD. He began his career more than 18 years ago as a Special Education Counselor in Southside ISD in San Antonio, spent a year in Dallas ISD and then came to McKinney in 2000 to serve as a school psychologist.
Since then, Sanderson has logged 12 years of leadership in MISD, and over the course of that time, he has transitioned from special education to assessment and accountability, taking on greater leadership roles every couple of years. In 2004, he was the District Test Coordinator. In 2005, he became Executive Director of School Improvement and Accountability. Then, he served as Senior Director of Compliance and Standards. In 2011, he was named Chief Accountability Officer for the district.
After two years serving as Associate Superintendent of Shared Accountability with Montgomery County Schools in Rockville, Maryland, Sanderson is pleased to return to McKinney and continue the mission of MISD.
“The opportunity to rejoin the McKinney ISD family is one I am extremely grateful for, and I’m privileged to be a part of Dr. McDaniel’s leadership team,” Sanderson said. “As I learned more about his vision for this system and the expectations he shared, I knew I wanted to be a part of this work. Public education continues to be a complex enterprise, and if done well, creates multiple pathways for students to succeed in the lives they choose to lead. I believe MISD sets the standard for others to model and I’m proud to be able to call it home both professionally and personally.”
McDaniel is pleased with the opportunity to welcome Sanderson back.
“I had the opportunity to work with Geoff Sanderson when I served as a principal in this district, and I know firsthand his work ethic and knowledge of state and federal assessment,” McDaniel said. “That knowledge base will serve our district extremely well. The good thing about hiring Geoff Sanderson back to our district is that he has a proven track record, and his work ethic and expertise are respected among the other professionals in our organization.”
McDaniel noted that the responsibilities Sanderson took on while away, will benefit MISD. “His work involved program evaluation, which is also what he will be doing for our district,” McDaniel said. “The job is different from when he left. It has some new things attached to it. The good news is that is exactly what he was doing in Maryland. His knowledge of assessment, federal programs and program evaluation are what really sold us on bringing him back.”
Sanderson earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas Christian University, a Master of Arts in School Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.