With the state-mandated waiting period expired, the Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday officially hired Todd Washburn as superintendent of schools. Washburn, who most recently served as associate superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at Eanes ISD, was named lone finalist for the position on Oct. 30, He will begin his new role leading DSISD’s seven campuses immediately.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected to serve as the next superintendent of Dripping Springs ISD,” Washburn said. “I look forward to building relationships with students, staff, parents and community members as we continue to provide a personal and exceptional education for every learner.”
Board President Carrie Kroll praised Washburn’s “visible love for public education and a heart for students … “I think our community will find his excitement for learning refreshing and his passion invigorating. We look forward to welcoming him into the Tiger family.”
Former DSISD Superintendent Dr. Bruce Gearing left the district to become superintendent of Leander ISD in August. Dr. Nola Wellman, formerly Eanes ISD superintendent, has been the district’s interim head through the fall semester.
The district has scheduled two “meet and greet “ opportunities for the public to get to know Washburn. Both will be on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the DSISD Central Office Boardroom, 510 W. Mercer Street. The first will be from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. and the second from 4 to 6 p.m.
A resident of Dripping Springs, Washburn has served in public education 29 years as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, executive director of secondary curriculum, assistant superintendent and associate superintendent.
Washburn has been with Eanes ISD since 2015. During that time he led district initiatives such as implementing a District of Innovation plan and a district-level teacher appraisal system and facilitated a district inclusive culture committee. He assisted in the launch of innovative programs such as the Westlake High School Business Incubator and the WHS culinary program, the Epicure Academy. Washburn’s guidance was critical in the passing of Eanes ISD’s tax ratification election in 2017 and an $80 million bond in 2019.
From 1995-2015, Washburn was at Leander ISD, moving up the ranks to the position of executive director of Secondary Education. While he was at Leander ISD, the district opened multiple new schools and navigated the district through a population growth from 10,000 to 36,000 students. After joining the district as a middle school teacher and coach, Washburn became an assistant principal, then opened Running Brushy Middle School as the school’s first principal in 2000. He moved into the principal position at Leander High School in 2003 and led that campus for four years before assuming duties at the district level in 2007.
Washburn started his career as a teacher and coach in Fabens ISD, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University. He went on to earn his master’s degree in educational administration and his superintendent’s certification from Southwest Texas State University. Washburn grew up in northeast Ohio and graduated from Rootstown High School. He and his wife, Beth – also an educator – moved to El Paso in 1990 and then to Leander in 1995. In June 2016, they relocated to the Dripping Springs community. They have two sons: TJ, who attends Texas A&M University, and Zachary, who attends Texas State University.