Dr. Jamie Wilson
Denton ISD Superintendent
Dr. Jamie Wilson took the reins as the superintendent of schools for Denton Independent School District on July 1, 2012. During his 24-year career he has built a reputation through public education advocacy, growth management and instructional innovation. His life-long ties to Denton County positioned him to become the leader of the school system.
Dr. Wilson joined the district in 2005 as the assistant superintendent for secondary academic programs, where he immediately focused on improving educational programs for the district's growing student population. He is committed to student engagement with a focus on student achievement.
Known throughout Texas as an innovative leader in instruction and administration, Dr. Wilson led the district in:
During the five years served as deputy superintendent, Dr. Wilson has played a major leadership role in managing the district finances, especially in 2011 when the state cut public school funding and the local district's revenue by $11 million.
- Initiating the International Baccalaureate Programme from pre-school through high school at Borman Elementary, Newton Rayzor Elementary, Calhoun Middle and Denton High.
- Opening the district's second pre-school, Gonzalez School for Young Children, and added three-year-olds to the program.
- Starting Dual Credit where juniors and seniors receive college and high school credit by taking classes through Texas Woman's University and North Central Texas College.
- Expanding the counseling services, which among many other programs have helped high school seniors receive more scholarships. The Class of 2016 received $18.9 million in scholarships. Of those funds, $1.95 million was from local donors.
- Helping the Denton Public School Foundation initiate the District's Top Graduates and Educators of Influence.
- Implementing a Ninth-Grade Jump Start program for freshmen who are struggling with their basic subject courses.
- Initiating the Ninth-Grade Academy at Fred Moore High for students needing special assistance and instruction.
- Guiding the district through several attendance zone changes at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Dr. Wilson helped open four secondary campuses including Braswell High, Guyer High, Navo Middle and the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex, as well as eight elementary schools.
In 2016, the National School Public Relations Association named Dr. Wilson to the "Top 25 Superintendents to Watch" list for his innovative practices in the area of public engagement and outreach. He was the only honoree from Texas, and the only administrator selected from the South Central Region of the U.S. which encompasses seven states.
Previously, Dr. Wilson served in various educational leadership positions for the Keller and Aubrey school districts. In Keller ISD, he was the principal at Keller High and also served as assistant principal, science department chair, coach and teacher. He also was principal at Aubrey High and a biology teacher and assistant coach at A&M Consolidated High School.
He received his bachelor's and master's degree from the University of North Texas and completed his doctorate of education administration from UNT where he was awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Student in Educational Administration Award. He has been married to Melanie Pettit Wilson, an outstanding educator, for more than 24 years and they are raising two daughters, Makenzie and Macie.