Superintendent Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner
Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner is superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District, where he serves more than 86,000 students and 11,000 employees.
While supporting the District’s mission of “preparing all students for success in college, career, and community leadership,” Dr. Scribner has narrowed the District focus to three goals: early literacy, middle years’ math, and college and career preparedness. This has resulted in significant gains in third-grade reading and algebra, and a renewed commitment to college and career-ready students. In 2018, FWISD students earned more than $102 million in college scholarships, a figure that has grown from $36 million in 2015.
Since Dr. Scribner’s arrival, Fort Worth ISD has cut in half the number of “improvement required schools,” from 24 to 11. The District was cited by the Texas Education Agency as one of the two top urban districts in the state 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 16 years as superintendent, in both Phoenix, Arizona and now, Fort Worth.
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. He is not only superintendent but a parent in the Fort Worth ISD.