Superintendent Ryder Warren, Ed.D. Joins the NISD Family
Superintendent Ryder Warren, Ed.D. joins the NISD family
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Dr. Ryder Warren began his role as superintendent of schools in Northwest ISD on July 21. In a five-month period, 40 applicants representing 15 states were screened for the district’s leadership role. Six were selected for initial interviews, and three were invited back for a final round of discussions with the Board of Trustees.

“I am confident Dr. Warren is the right person to continue the district’s vision,” said Board President Mark Schluter. “I appreciate the support from our community and staff during this search process. I’m fortunate to work with a great team of school board members. We believe Dr. Warren will guide our school district to opportunities that take us to the next level in public education.”

The communications’ office visited with Dr. Warren to learn more about him:

NISD: Were you born and raised in Texas?

RW: Yes, born in Lubbock and raised in Sundown.

NISD: Why did you choose education as your career?

RW: Education is in my blood. My dad was a school board member in Sundown, Texas. My mother was a Spanish teacher for years. I knew I wanted to be a teacher since junior high. I enjoy coaching and motivating students. Having made an impact on more than 400 students as a classroom teacher in Georgetown, Texas, I knew I wanted to broaden that influence to more children as a principal, and I progressed from there to other leadership roles. I never knew I would love teaching as much as I did. It is so much more than a career; it is a passion.

NISD: What do you want to accomplish first in NISD?

RW: Building relationships is my key focus as I begin this role. I want to develop my relationship with our school board members. I want to build a rapport with staff members, and I am anxious to get involved with our communities and parents.

NISD: What inspires you and makes you proud?

RW: Our family motto is God, family and school.  It’s how we try to live. Family is very important to me. Throughout my career, we have been blessed to be in the right school districts at the right time. We are entering a new phase in our lives. Our oldest son, Josh, is a junior at Texas Tech majoring in history and education. We will be sending our only daughter to A&M this fall for her freshman year. She plans to major in math. Our youngest son, Boomer, will be a junior at Eaton High School. As I enter my 27th year in education, I am blessed to have worked with some amazing people.

NISD: What advice would you give to your younger self?

RW: (laughs) Grow patience sooner!

NISD: Why do you love Northwest ISD?

RW: This district is well-known across the state and nation for its vision for the future. That is attributed to the students and staff, but also to a school board with a vision who supports our needs, dreams, and aspirations. Former NISD Superintendent Keith Sockwell, Ed.D. was my mentor. He once toured me around NISD in the early 2000s. At that time, I was in Marble Falls ISD. My wife and I liked the community so much here that we promised each other when this position came available, we would revisit. I look at everything through ‘parent eyes.’ I could not agree more with this district’s core belief that kids come first. This is a district that does not need to change its course. Great things have been accomplished here. Together, we will be looking toward the future.

NISD: Anything else you want the community to know?

RW: Come see me! You will see me and my family out at community events across the district. Come up and introduce yourselves. I’m anxious to meet you.