BISD appoints interim super: Education consultant to replace Zendejas

GARY LONG | THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD

Sylvia Ann Reyna Hatton was hired late Tuesday by a unanimous vote of the BISD Board of Trustees. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998, owns her own education consultancy and is the former executive director of the Region One Education Service Center in Edinburg.

She is to start work Monday and was to meet with district principals Wednesday afternoon. The details of her contract were still being worked out, district sources said.

“My education consulting effort is dedicated to systemic improvement of schools and districts through the enhancement of their leadership, instructional delivery and organizational capacity. Since 2007 I have engaged with districts and campuses in reform, redesign, and transformation processes to create the schools of the future through leadership team coaching,” Hatton says in a personal statement on her resume.

Most recently Hatton was an education consultant and leadership coach for early college high school principals in the Region 13 ESC in Austin. Her role was to provide support and advise the leadership team as the campuses implement the Texas Blueprint for Early College High Schools, according to her resume.

Through her education consultancy, Hatton Enterprises Inc., and the Institute for School Excellence, in which she is a partner, Hatton, according to her resume:

>> Led a district review team for the Texas Legislative Budget Board from 2012-2013;

>> Supported comprehensive redesign in nine high schools along the Texas Mexico border. The purpose was to “support high school transformation through organizing into small learning communities and embracing the Texas Early College Model” from 2007-2012;

>> “Partnered with a South Texas border school district to enhance leadership effectiveness to support instructional improvement planning and delivery in 39 schools,” 17 of which did not meet Average Yearly Progress standards” from 2008-2012.

Hatton retired from public education service in Texas upon her retirement as executive director of the Region One ESC in 2006. She has since worked as a consultant.

Her bachelor’s is in elementary education and special education. She holds a master’s degree in special education and as an educational diagnostician and earned her mid-management administration certificate in 1988, all through what was then the University of Texas Pan American at Edinburg.

Hatton replaces Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas, who last week was placed on administrative leave with pay pending review.