Superintendent Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner
Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner has led the Fort Worth Independent School District since 2015, where he serves more than 80,000 students and 10,000 employees.
In support of the District’s mission to “prepare all students for success in college, career, and community leadership,” Dr. Scribner has narrowed the District focus to three areas: early literacy, middle years’ math, and college, career and military readiness. This renewed focus has resulted in significant gains in third-grade reading, algebra, and a community-wide commitment to post-secondary preparedness. In 2015, FWISD students earned $36 million in merit scholarships, a figure that has more than tripled to $135 million.
Under Dr. Scribner’s leadership, Fort Worth ISD has seen consistent improvement in its District letter grade scores. In 2018, the District was cited by the Texas Education Agency as a “Top Texas Urban District” in year-to-year positive growth.
Dr. Scribner began his career in education as a high school Spanish teacher and guidance counselor in Philadelphia. He then became a principal and a central office administrator prior to serving for 19 years as Superintendent in both Arizona and now Texas.
While in Phoenix, Dr. Scribner led the Isaac School District and then the Phoenix Union High School District – where he was the district’s longest tenured superintendent since the early 1970’s. Under his leadership, these school systems saw higher levels of student achievement, a majority of campuses labeled “A” or “B”, increases of four-year graduation rates and, most important, a cultural shift toward higher expectations, academic rigor, and student support.
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 Philadelphia. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University. In 2011, Dr. Scribner was appointed as a Commissioner to the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics, and served through 2016.
Together he and his wife, Suleyka, have four children. He is not only superintendent but a Fort Worth ISD parent as well.