Susannah O’Bara, Assistant Superintendent
Ms. Susannah O'Bara serves as the assistant superintendent of academic programs for the Denton Independent School District, overseeing the academic programs and operations at district schools. Ms. O'Bara oversees the management, progress, and a variety of academic programs for all of Denton ISD's 43 campuses.
For four years, she served as the Area Superintendent of Academic Programs over the Guyer High School Zone. Prior to that, she served as principal at Hawk Elementary for nine years and brings a wealth of experience to her position.
With more than sixteen years of experience as a campus administrator at the elementary level, including stints as an assistant principal at Hawk and Ginnings elementary schools, and seven years as a teacher - all in Denton ISD, Ms. O'Bara brings an extensive knowledge of the district's academic practices and procedures. As a parent in the district, she also understands the importance of communication and building relationships with families to benefit student learning.
During her time at Hawk, Ms. O'Bara helped implement the district's standards-based grading practice that is now in place at every Denton ISD elementary school, initiated the Professional Learning Community work model, supported the integration of technology in the classroom through the school's "Tech Tuesdays" program and developed committees to establish celebrations and recognition of student and staff accomplishments on campus.
She has presented professional development opportunities at numerous school districts across the state as well as several state conferences. In 2013, Ms. O'Bara was a finalist for the Texas National Distinguished Principal Award. Ms. O'Bara is a Denton native and a product of Denton ISD. She received her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of North Texas and her master's degree in educational leadership from Texas Woman's University. She is currently a doctoral student.