Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Susan Simpson Hull, Superintendent of Grand Prairie ISD, to the State Board for Educator Certification for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017. The board develops certification and continuing education requirements and standards of conduct for public school teachers.
In addition to her service at Grand Prairie ISD, Susan is a member of the American and Texas associations of School Administrators, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and Texas Council of Women School Executives. She is a member of the Center for Quality Leadership School Research Nexus, Center for Reform of School Systems, Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce and Greater Grand Prairie Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is also a service member of the Grand Prairie Rotary Club, and a board member of Brighter Tomorrows of Grand Prairie, Lifeline Shelter for Families Inc. and Grand Prairie YMCA.
When I asked her about the appointment, she replied, “I am honored to be appointed by the Governor to serve the schoolchildren of Texas by participating in the process to ensure that our teachers are well prepared pedagogically, and that our schoolhouses are safe from those few adults who would do harm to our students.”
Hull received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education administration and psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a doctorate degree in educational administration from Texas A&M University.
She graduated from New Boston High School, where her dad served as Superintendent – and an example for her and many other students. Hubert Simpson was an educator for 35 years, including 18 years as principal of NB High School and 11 as Superintendent. I talked with him this afternoon, and agreed with his daughter that the appointment is a “high honor.” With pride evident in his voice, he said he’s certain that she’ll not only do a great job, but enjoy it as well.
Her fellow New Bostonians are proud, too – she’s continuing the family tradition of service through education, and now she can impact not only the 26,000 students in the Grand Prairie school district, but the five million students in Texas.