Dr. Richard Valenta, Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Richard Valenta, Denton ISD’s deputy superintendent, has been with the school district since January 2013, when he was hired to oversee the district’s human resources department. He has more than 33 years of experience as an educator, including more than 20 in central administration, and is the president-elect of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators.
Since his arrival in Denton, Dr. Valenta has helped direct district-wide training options and improvement plans, worked with the executive cabinet to develop sound district policies and developed collaborative relationships to help address school district-community needs.
Under his direction, the district has expanded its relationships with the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and North Central Texas College as well as launched the Teach Denton initiative to help identify future educators and keep them in the area.
Before coming to Denton ISD, Dr. Valenta worked for Birdville ISD for 18 years, serving as assistant director of athletics, assistant director of human resources and director of human resources. He began his career in education as a teacher in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD before spending eight years in Irving ISD as a teacher, baseball coach and assistant principal.
During his stint as head baseball coach at Irving High School, Dr. Valenta also served as director of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Dr. Valenta currently serves as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University, where he also sits on the Educator Preparation Board and serves as a judge on the Region XI Teacher of the Year Panel. In 2008, he was named the Personnel Administrator of the Year by the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators.
Dr. Valenta is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, the University of North Texas, where he received his master’s degree in secondary education, and Walden University, where he received his doctorate in education.