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EDUCATION

A Lifelong Educator Calls It a Career Retired educator Richard A. Middleton holds a bachelor of arts degree in American history from Trinity University, a master’s degree in education administration from UTSA, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in educational administration. He started teaching at Roosevelt High School, and during his long career, he served in a number of positions in schools and administration in the North East Independent School ÔĉďąÔ¨ďȘL"6ișȊ4´ĉĂ´ëďďĤò years as deputy superintendent for instruction in the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, then he returned to the NEISD as the associate superintendent for business services. Two years later, Dr. Middleton was named the superintendent for NEISD. After his retirement in 2011, he accepted a position as regional vice president for The College Board, from which he will retire this June. Born sixty-nine years ago in Brownsville, Texas, he lived in Fairfax County, Virginia, and moved to San Antonio in 1960. He and his wife Susan have two children. Andrew John Middleton is married to Amy, and they live in Denver with their almostsix-year-old daughter, Aubrey Leigh. Younger son Patrick and wife Leigh live in San Antonio. ƒÒ´ë“ĉá´®ďòą´ĸ´¨ďòë his forty-plus-year work life, Dr. Middleton said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my careers

ÔëďÒ´ĂĔ§äÔ¨ĉ¨Òòòäĉ“ë®ÔëďÒ´ëòëĂąòķďĤòąä®Ȋ6“êÒòëòą´® to have been given the responsibility of leading a school district “뮓ą´ÅÔòë“äòĴ¨´Ȋ䴓®´ąêĔĉ塀´“ď´“ë“ďêòĉĂÒ´ą´ where motivated people can accomplish their mission. It is a task not easily created nor maintained, but it is a challenge worth attempting. Your worth as a leader, then, is measured by the success of others in accomplishing common goals.” ȤKĪķąĉď“®ģÔ¨´ďòë´Ĥ䴓®´ąĉȅȥÒ´ĉ“Ô®ȅȤĤòĔ䮧´ďò¨Ò´¨á your level of courage. If you are afraid to fail, then rethink your career. Be honest about your ability to embrace stress, and be ready to voice your beliefs.” He has had many opportunities to interact with new superintendents. He has been a district judge for the Excellence in Education awards created and sponsored by HEB. The CEO, Charles Butt, is widely recognized for his business success, but to educators, he is a tireless advocate for advancing educational opportunities for youth, teachers, administrators, and ĉ¨Òòòä®ÔĉďąÔ¨ďĉȊȩ Successful educational leaders create a vision for moving forward and exhibit the courage to meet the unknown with new solutions. Effective leaders not only possess these traits themselves, but they also step out with an assertiveness to êòģ´òďÒ´ąĉďò“¨ďȊȩ “In retrospect, I think one of my strengths was that I was not afraid to fail,” he observed. “While that may sound odd, I realized

early in my career that I didn’t Ĥ“ëďďòĉ“¨ąÔķ¨´ĂąòÅą´ĉĉÄòą quiet complacency. We owe too much to our future—the chil®ą´ëȚďòëòďďąĪë´ĤĉòäĔďÔòëĉȊȥȩ During his twenty-one years as superintendent, the district passed several bond issues to meet growth and to remodel older facilities. The bond committees created bond packages that touched the whole district to provide equal opportunity for all students. The district focused on hiring the best staff for its mission to create educational excellence. The staff also enjoyed strong community support. Despite differences of opinions about charting the future, the district ĂĔďďÒ´ë´´®ĉòÄĉďĔ®´ëďĉķąĉďȊ Dr. Middleton still has a sense of urgency about improving. He would celebrate successes more than he did, but he still believes in continual improvement. “We must do all we can in the time Ĥ´ғģ´ȅȥÒ´ĉ“Ô®Ȋȩ He is a member of Class XIII of the Masters Leadership Program of Greater San Antonio. He is excited about his next chapter of service to others, including serving on several ëòëĂąòķď§ò“ą®ĉȊȩ We asked the long-time educator, “What’s on your nightstand?” “I am a history reader,” he answered. “My book is American Ulysses by Ronald C. White, a biography of U. S. Grant.” I

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