The Mansfield ISD School Board unanimously voted to approve Dr. Kimberley Cantu as the district’s next superintendent.
Dr. Cantu was named the lone finalist in November. According to state law, the school board had to wait 21 days before offering her a contract.
The MISD Board of Trustees approved her hiring and contract at the Dec. 17 school board meeting, making Dr. Cantu the second female superintendent in the district’s history.
Dr. Cantu most recently served as the district’s deputy superintendent and has worked in public education for 27 years. She is passionate about preparing students to be college, career, military and life ready through her work with the district’s strategic plan and the national Redefining Ready! cohort. She has also spearheaded the district’s social-emotional health program to address the holistic needs of students.
“We as a board felt that Dr. Cantu is truly the best fit to be the next leader of Mansfield ISD,” said School Board President Karen Marcucci. “She has a shared vision of making MISD a destination district committed to excellence, and we’re excited to see the different opportunities that will bring to our students, parents and staff members.”
Dr. Cantu’s teaching and coaching career began at Llano High School in 1992. The following year, she accepted a teaching and coaching position at Mansfield High School. 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 principal, a director of 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.
“Mansfield ISD is home, and I’m honored to have the privilege to lead such a wonderful district,” said Dr. Cantu. “It’s well known that MISD is a great place to live, learn and teach. I’m ready to continue building relationships with our students, parents, staff members and community members so that we can ensure that our students graduate confident to take on the world.”
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.
The longtime educator is also an active member of the Mansfield Rotary Club and participates in Meals on Wheels and other service projects.