Phil Edwards, Superintendent
“I believe that any school district or educational program should be designed to meet the needs of all students. Whether it be the kindergarten student who is learning to read or the high school student who is in welding class working to earn an industry certification, we must provide the opportunities for success for all students. Students must be allowed to reach their potential, and schools must prepare them for any future that they wish to pursue.”
As he takes the lead at Angleton ISD, Phil Edwards brings with him years of educational experience—29 years to be exact. Of those 29 years as an educator, Edwards has spent 19 years total in school district administration. For the last three years, he has been superintendent at Kemp ISD, leading more than 1,600 students at five campuses. Under his leadership at Kemp ISD, the district has seen the fund balance grow significantly, student enrollment increase, and student achievement improve.
Before becoming superintendent at Kemp ISD, Edwards spent three years as the district’s director of special programs and five years as a campus principal at Kemp Junior High. As director of special programs, Edwards oversaw the district’s Special Education, 504, ESL, PEIMS, Title 9, Dyslexia, Gifted and Talented, and Migrant programs. He also developed and implemented the local accountability plan and was instrumental in the district’s strategic, financial and curriculum planning.
Prior to coming to Kemp ISD, Edwards worked as a campus administrator and a teacher in Mesquite ISD, and he taught and coached in both Edgewood ISD and Aldine ISD before that.
Edwards is a problem solver who believes in continuous improvement of schools and staff. He has a strong understanding of educational administration and fiscal operations as well as an understanding of curriculum and instruction, including instructional technology and data analysis.
“Students must be challenged and given the appropriate support in which to be successful in learning,” he said. “Teachers must be supported by administration, and I recognize that the most important relationship in our district is the relationship between a teacher and a student.
Edwards believes that as the district educational leader, he must be current on all educational trends and best practices, including the legislative process, and he understands his role as an advocate for the community and the students he serves.
“Decisions will be made that are in the best interest of students, and this includes making difficult decisions that may not be popular,” he said. “The superintendent must build trust with the board of trustees, staff, students and the community. Trust is built through transparent practices, building positive relationships, and communicating effectively with all stakeholders.”
Edwards has recently served as the chairman of the Kaufman County Area Superintendents group, served on the Kaufman County EDC, and been a member of the leadership team for the Community Schools Transformation Alliance. He has also served three years as a member of the Kaufman County Leadership selection group.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1989, gaining teaching certifications in both mathematics and physical education. Later in 1999, he earned his Master of Education in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University Commerce, and in 2013 he gained his Superintendent Certification after completing superintendent graduate level work at Stephen F. Austin State University.