Dr. Cantu has been cleared by her doctor to go back to work.
Dr. Kimberley Cantu, Superintendent
Dr. Kimberley Cantu is entering her 27th year of service in public school education with 21 years of service to MISD. She began her career as a teacher and coach at Llano High School in 1992. The following year, she accepted a teaching and coaching position at Mansfield High School where she spent five years in the classroom before becoming an assistant principal and then the academic associate principal of Mansfield High School.
In a neighboring district, Dr. Cantu later served as a principal, a director in curriculum and instruction and executive director of human resources. She returned to Mansfield in 2012 as a director in human resources and held various leadership roles in human resources before being appointed as the district’s deputy superintendent. After being named the lone finalist in the Mansfield ISD superintendent search, Dr. Cantu was officially named the superintendent of Mansfield ISD on December 17, 2019 becoming the second female superintendent in the district's history.
Dr. Cantu is passionate about preparing students to be college, career, military and life ready through her work with Vision 2030 and the national Redefining Ready cohort. Furthermore, her work on preparing all students to be socially and emotionally astute and cared for, both in and outside of school, not only supports her belief of having students be “life ready” but shows her desire to put the best interests of our students and families first.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from Tarleton State University, Dr. Cantu obtained her Mid-Management Administrator certificate from Texas Woman’s University and received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M-Commerce. She holds State Board for Educator Certification for secondary English, mid-management and superintendent.
Dr. Cantu believes in giving back to the community and is an active member of the Mansfield Rotary Club and participates in Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and other service projects.
Kimberley is married to Jerry Cantu who works as the director of communications and community relations for Northwest ISD. They reside in Mansfield and have four daughters. Courtney, a Mansfield High School and University of Texas at Arlington graduate, married her husband, Brad, in 2017. Kendall, a graduate of Legacy High School, owns and runs a construction company with her husband, Bryce. Hannah, a Texas Tech Red Raider, is about to complete her sophomore year. The youngest daughter, Harper, is an elementary student in Mansfield ISD and loves to play soccer, basketball and piano.
"The reputation of Mansfield ISD proceeds itself, and I am ready to continue the tradition of excellence and guide the district along on its current path of success." - Dr. Kimberley Cantu, MISD Superintendent
Contact the Superintendent's Office via e-mail or by phone at 817-299-6302.
The MISD School Board approved to name Dr. Deborah Cron as acting superintendent.
The school board unanimously approved Dr. Kimberley Cantu as the district’s next superintendent.