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Dr. Michael Griffin named acting superintendent of Northwest ISD

Dr. Michael Griffin named acting superintendent of Northwest ISD
A headshot of Dr. Michael Griffin
Dr. Michael Griffin

The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Dr. Michael Griffin, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, as the district’s acting superintendent of schools at a special board meeting on Thursday, September 15.

With the move, Northwest ISD’s leadership structure maintains a strong foundation, placing an experienced district leader at the helm until the board selects a permanent superintendent. Dr. Griffin will assume her new responsibilities immediately.

“Northwest ISD means the world to me, and I am honored to temporarily lead the district forward with stability as we search for a new leader,” Dr. Griffin said. “Our culture of excellence and commitment to academic and extracurricular achievement are unchanged, and our team is doing great work to continue a strong start to our school year. Dr. Hicks left a tremendous mark on our district in his time with us with his caring and compassionate nature, and I have the utmost faith in our school board in finding his successor.”

Dr. Griffin has served as Northwest ISD’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction since 2018, leading the district’s academic initiatives and ensuring students are prepared for success following graduation. Her role sees Dr. Griffin collaboratively working with campus leaders, teachers and community members, as she leads several committees to solidify the district’s commitment to continuous improvement.

In her roughly two decades at Northwest ISD, Dr. Griffin has served as a campus instructional teacher, assistant principal, principal and executive director of elementary education before leading the curriculum and instruction division. Her experience in a range of teaching and administrative roles guides her decision-making process to best support teachers and students.

Dr. Griffin earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas Tech University and her master’s degree in education from the University of Arizona.

Northwest ISD families can expect information about a superintendent search as trustees advance through that process. Trustees will again use Leasor Crass as their search firm, which they previously used during their most recent superintendent search.