Theresa Williams

Superintendent of Plano Independent School District in Texas

As Superintendent of Plano Independent School District, Dr. Theresa Williams serves as the chief executive officer of a district with more than 6,500 employees serving 49,000 students across 74 schools and programs. With nearly thirty years in the profession, Dr. Williams considers education her calling and has made significant contributions, both as a teacher and administrator. She believes that every student deserves to have an exceptional learning experience and that a strong educational system is essential to the development of tomorrow’s workforce and the next generation of leaders.

Dr. Williams was unanimously appointed by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees as superintendent of schools in March 2022, beginning her tenure on June 1, 2022. She previously served as Plano ISD’s Deputy Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer from 2018 through May 2022. During her tenure as deputy superintendent, she led all aspects of the organization’s daily operations, including operationalizing the district’s strategic plan.

Prior to her appointment to the Plano ISD leadership team, Dr. Williams served as a teacher, school leader, district executive and deputy superintendent. She began her educational leadership journey at Garland ISD where she taught high school Spanish, then rose through the ranks, holding various campus and district leadership positions, including director of student services and director of special programs. She went on to serve in a cabinet level position as executive director of educational operations. Additionally, Dr. Williams served four years as Lubbock ISD’s deputy superintendent, where among her accomplishments were leading the design of that district’s strategic plan; expansion of CTE, Advanced Placement and Dual Credit; implementation of the district’s early college model; and districtwide digital learning.

Dr. Williams holds a doctorate in education and a master’s in educational administration and supervision from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She is a proud Red Raider from Texas Tech University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree.