DISTRICT MISSION & VISION
Our purpose, in partnership with families and community, is to develop each child intellectually, artistically, emotionally, physically, and socially so that all students are life-long learners, complex thinkers, responsible global citizens and effective communicators.
The district operates six high schools: Atascocita, Humble, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, Summer Creek and Quest Early College. The district also operates nine middle schools and 28 elementary schools.
One reason parents choose Humble ISD is because it is an effective school district. Humble ISD was honored as the Best Large District in the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards in 2015, and in 2018 the Humble ISD School Board was named Outstanding School Board in Texas. The 3,000 graduates in the Class of 2018 earned more than $21 million in college scholarship offers. The Humble ISD Education Foundation, a non-profit organization, has awarded more than $11.8 million since 2000 to support projects that enhanceeducation.
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Dr. Elizabeth Celania-Fagen
Born and raised in Iowa, Dr. Fagen was the daughter of a public school educator. Naturally, she spent many evenings and weekends with her mother at school events. “Education is something that is a part of who I am, and really always have been,” Dr. Fagen said.
Despite positive experiences as an educator’s daughter, Dr. Fagen did not initially plan to be a teacher. She thought she wanted to work in medicine. An unexpected job opportunity from a university dean to teach a college biology lab changed her life forever.
“At the time, I was a Pizza Hut waitress, so I was super excited about the idea that I would get paid to teach,” Dr. Fagen said. “Once I actually taught, I realized that education is in my heart. It’s in my soul. It’s who I am. It’s what I wanted to do, and I immediately switched to be an education major.”
She earned her bachelor’s degree from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and her doctoral and master’s degrees and her education specialist degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
She spent the first 12 years of her career in Iowa. Beginning as a high school biology and chemistry teacher, she progressed into positions as associate principal, principal, and executive director of high schools. Ultimately in Iowa, she became Associate Superintendent of Des Moines Independent School District.
Dr. Fagen then spent the next 8 years of her career as a Superintendent, serving the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona and the Douglas County School District in Colorado. Each position strengthened her understanding of meeting student needs.
“I’ve worked in the very poorest county in Iowa. I’ve worked in Douglas County, which is one of the most affluent counties in Colorado,” Dr. Fagen said. “I’ve had a really wide experience – urban, suburban, rural, and all of those have really helped me learn and grow as a teacher, and as a leader also.”
In 2016, Humble ISD’s reputation for outstanding schools that serve the whole child attracted her to the district.
“I am not only an educator and a superintendent, but also the parent of children in my own district,” Dr. Fagen said. “That’s very important to me. I feel like being a parent has made me a much better teacher and leader.”
As a leader, Dr. Fagen believes each community is unique and that is why her top priority as Humble ISD’s Superintendent is to listen, learn and build relationships. “I don’t come to the table saying “Hey I’m here. I’ve got all the answers. Let’s get started doing the stuff I want,” Dr. Fagen said. “ I just don’t think that’s leadership. I equate it to the way we work with children. Children are unique. There’s not a one-size-fits-all approach that works for every single child, and I feel the same way about my role and my position. ”
HISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Martina Lemond Dixon
Dr. Charles Cunningham
(L-R TOP) President Nancy Morrison, Vice President Robert Sitton, Secretary Martina Lemond Dixon, Parliamentarian Angela Conrad
(L-R BOTTOM) Trustee Robert Scarfo, Trustee Dr. Charles Cunningham, Trustee Lori Twomey