Mr. Ramos Named Region 11 Superintendent of the Year

Mr. Ramos Named Region 11 Superintendent of the Year
Posted on 05/06/2019
portrait photo of Superintendent John Ramos

John Ramos, superintendent of the Castleberry ISD, has been named the Region 11 Superintendent of the Year for 2019. The Superintendent of the Year Award, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards, honors outstanding Texas administrators for achievement and excellence in public school administration.

Candidates for the award must be nominated by their school boards and must demonstrate strong leadership skills, dedication to improving the quality of education in their districts, commitment to public support and involvement in education, and ability to build good employee relations among teachers and staff members. The award application highlights the following performance areas:

  • Leadership, Management, and School Climate
  • School Board-Superintendent Relations
  • School Improvement and Instructional Leadership
  • Fiscal Management
  • School-Community Relations

In addition to addressing the specified performance areas in the application, school boards were asked to answer the question, "Why should you chief administrator be selected as Superintendent of the Year?"

Ramos, who has seven years of administrative experience, has served Castleberry ISD as superintendent of schools for four years. His experience in education spans 19 years, serving as a teacher and coach in Tahoka, Levelland, and Lubbock ISDs; a middle school and high school principal in Lamesa ISD; director of human resources in Lubbock ISD; and superintendent in Lamesa ISD before taking the helm in Castleberry. He earned his bachelor's degree in secondary English from Texas Tech University, his master's degree in educational administration from Lubbock Christian University, and is currently completing his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Texas Tech University.

One important instructional move that Ramos made in Castleberry was to merge the Instructional department and the Technology Department into one "Teaching, Learning, and Innovation" team. His school board touts that this change was instrumental in engaging teachers to view technology as a vital part of everyday learning. In addition to this team's work, Ramos has implemented a plan for bringing digital equity for all students, which would deliver free WiFi to all students in the district.

"He has judiciously positioned the right people in the appropriate places to advance academics and foster collaborative strategies and systems," writes Board President David Holder. "Mr. Ramos remembers that children are our most important asset and that their academic achievement is singularly the most significant objective of education."

As the Region 11 winner, Ramos will move on to the state level of the competition. The state selection committee will interview all regional winners on August 23-24 and choose five finalists. The finalists will be called to participate in a second interview by the state selection committee in September. The state winner will then be announced at the Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards (TASA/TASB) joint annual convention on September 21.

The state winner of the Superintendent of the Year award receives a $5,000 professional development award, which will be presented at the 2019 TASA/TASB joint annual convention. The award program is funded by Balfour and coordinated by TASB.