Dr. Rick Fernandez
Rick Fernandez, Ed.D., has more than 13 years’ experience in education and currently serves as Lead Administrator at a high school in the Houston area. He began his career teaching English Language Arts at the secondary level. After taking over a struggling school previously closed down by the Texas Education Agency, Dr. Fernandez saw that traditional hiring processes were proving ineffective for his impoverished school, and felt compelled to develop a model for hiring teachers with a different skill set. This successful protocol and his outside-the-box perspective on leadership proved effective and provide a blueprint for working with other schools in need of a turnaround.