Karen Kidd named new assistant superintendent at DSISD

At a special meeting on May 11, the Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees approved Superintendent Todd Washburn’s recommendation of Dr. Karen Kidd as the district’s new Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation.

Kidd has been an educator for almost two decades and has spent nearly 11 years as a campus and central office
administrator overseeing curriculum, accountability, assessment and professional learning. She comes to Dripping Springs following more than five years in Prosper ISD, where she is the director of Curriculum and
Instruction after serving as director of Program Evaluation and Information Services. Previously she spent 12 years in Frisco ISD, serving as the district’s Testing and 504 Coordinator after three years as a Campus
Instructional Facilitator. Kidd started her career as a classroom teacher in both Frisco ISD and Richardson ISD, teaching multiple subjects and grade levels.

“Karen is a student-centered, servant leader who builds meaningful, professional relationships by working collaboratively with staff, parents and the community,” said Washburn. “Her curriculum and instruction experience in Prosper ISD, a high-performing, fast-growth district, makes her a great fit for our district and community.”

In her position at Dripping Springs ISD, Kidd will oversee the Learning and Innovation Department, which covers all areas of teaching and learning for the district and includes working closely with administrators at each campus to plan the learning experiences for all students.

“It is an honor to be named the Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation in Dripping Springs ISD,’ Kidd said. “The established culture of excellence and high standards evident in both the community and the district provide the perfect foundation for ensuring and enhancing positive outcomes for all students. I look forward to building collaborative relationships as we continue and build upon the district’s exceptional, innovative approach to personal learning.”

As a participant in the Curriculum Leadership Academy through the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Kidd gained extensive experience building a customized curriculum in collaboration with all stakeholders. Kidd earned both her doctorate and master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. She has been married to Michael Kidd for 20 years and they have three children: Emily 18, Sarah 16, and Jacob 14.

Kidd will begin her new role in DSISD later this month. Former Dripping Springs High School Principal Joe Burns has served in an interim capacity during the 2019-20 school year.

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