Dr. Stephanie-Elizalde


Special to The Dallas Examiner


The Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees named Dr. Stephanie Elizalde as the lone finalist for superintendent to lead the largest school district in North Texas. In a unanimous vote, the trustees approved the selection during a called board meeting tonight.

Elizalde is currently superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, where she has served since August 2020. Before her current role, Elizalde served as the chief of School Leadership in Dallas ISD – a position that ensured the success of all 230 schools, principals and teachers.

A native Texan and third-generation public school educator – following in the steps of her father and grandfather – Elizalde has held various roles including teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and deputy chief.

The state requires a 21-day review period for the position, after which trustees are expected to offer Elizalde a contract for employment. If confirmed, Elizalde would be the second female superintendent in Dallas ISD.

In January, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa announced that he would close out a 13-year tenure in Dallas. It was announced then that he would remain on staff as superintendent emeritus, helping to ensure a smooth transition.

Mollie Finch Belt is the Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Dallas Examiner. She attended elementary school in Tuskegee, Ala.; Cambridge, Mass.; and Dallas, Texas. In 1961, she graduated from...

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