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Redwater ISD
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Redwater , Texas 75573
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RISD News ➤ Article 10973
Thumbnail Image for Article 10973RISD Welcomes Kelly Burns as New Superintendent
Posted Date: 01/08/2018

The Redwater ISD Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Kelly Burns as the Superintendent of Schools. A dedicated student advocate, Burns has served as the superintendent of Avery ISD since 2011 where she initiated numerous projects resulting in school improvement. Her accomplishments include upcoming​ implementation of a 1:1 technology program​ in 2017-2018​, vertical alignment of curriculum throughout the district, starting the Avery Education Foundation, and overall improvement of school safety and facilities. Her most notable accomplishment was installing $310,000 Solar Panel Sustainable Power using grant funding from the State Energy Conservation Office.

Mrs. Burns is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and holds two masters degrees in Educational Administration and Kinesiology. She comes to Redwater with a unique and varied career history. From 2007-2011, she was the high school and middle school principal in Avery which has been nationally recognized by US News and World Reports as a Best High School since 2006. Prior to going into school administration, Burns coached softball at the collegiate level. She was head softball coach at the University of North Texas from 2004 to 2007 and at Texarkana College where she was named Region XIV Junior College Coach of the Year in 2004, carrying her team to the NJCAA National​ Championship tournament.

Burns is a graduate of Garland High School and began her career in education as a coach and teacher at DeKalb after earning her bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M-College Station. From 1996 to 2001, she taught middle​ school mathematics in New Boston before becoming a ​collegiate softball coach.

While in college, Burns earned numerous honors as both ​a softball player and student. She is married to Kevin Burns, an Ag Science teacher at New Boston ISD, and they have a daughter, Karsyn, who will start third grade at Redwater.

Along with the RISD Board of Trustees, she has the support of retiring superintendent, Dr. Kathy Allen, who says, "I believe Kelly Burns will be a great asset to our school and community. I am confident that she will love being a Dragon.”

RISD welcomes Kelly Burns to Redwater where “Life Matters.”