Superintendent Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner
Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner is superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District, where he serves more than 87,000 students and 11,000 employees.
The Board of Education brought Dr. Scribner to Fort Worth in October 2015, and he immediately began laying the groundwork for system-wide improvement and for fulfilling the District’s new mission: “Preparing all students for success in college, career and community leadership.”
Dr. Scribner reduced executive administration and other central office positions and redirected those resources to schools to better support teachers and students. He narrowed the District focus to three goals: early literacy, middle years’ math, and college and career readiness. This has resulted in significant gains in third-grade reading and algebra, and a renewed commitment to college and career-ready students.
Also, under Dr. Scribner’s leadership:
- The District placed a renewed emphasis on universal pre-kindergarten, which impacts elementary literacy and success in all subjects for years to come.
- Fort Worth ISD is building the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and Visual and Performing Arts, a learning center for students interested in engineering and computer science careers and for students wanting to advance in dance, music, theater or visual arts.
- College scholarships have grown in the past two years by 80 percent to more than $65 million. This amount is projected to grow even more significantly as the District increases efforts to ensure students and their families have access to scholarship opportunities.
- Scribner, together with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and BNSF Chairman Matt Rose, launched 100X25-FWTX, an early literacy initiative to have 100 percent of third-grade students reading at grade level by the year 2025. This unprecedented effort includes city government, the city’s business sector, higher education, non-profit organizations, philanthropic and faith leaders.
Dr. Scribner began his career in education as a high school Spanish teacher and guidance counselor in Philadelphia. He became a principal and district administrator prior to serving as a superintendent in Phoenix for 13 years.
Dr. Scribner earned his Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from Carleton College in Minnesota and his Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Temple University in Pennsylvania. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University.
Together, he and his wife Suleyka, have four children.