Dr. Gwen Perkins, Area Superintendent
Dr. Gwen Perkins serves as one of Denton Independent School District’s area superintendents, having previously served as the associate principal of Denton High School, the principal of Crownover Middle School, and the district’s executive director of Human Resources. As an area superintendent Dr. Perkins supports the Ryan High School zone together with Fred Moore High School and the Advanced Technology Complex.
“Dr. Perkins’ history with our district, combined with her supportive nature and ability to problem-solve make her an asset to our leadership team,” said Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of schools. “She is known for her strong sense of fairness and keen listening abilities – she’s someone to whom students, parents and educators can easily relate.”
Dr. Perkins currently serves as a mentor for several teachers and administrators through her implementation of our LEAD Denton Academy, whose mission is to develop leadership capacity to improve organizational effectiveness and promote a culture of learning and engagement for all stakeholders. The academy seeks to create opportunities where participants can explore the characteristics, skills and behaviors required for exemplary leadership.
She has helped build a strong relationship with The University of North Texas’ Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society for teachers, in an effort to keep local education graduates in our community. Dr. Perkins has also been instrumental in working with the district’s TEACH Denton program, which aims to find teaching talent in current students and, through mentorship and support, guide them to future positions as educators within the district upon their college graduation.
“I have a strong desire to inspire learning in others because building a true learning community takes dedication, commitment and courage,” said Dr. Perkins. “To accomplish this requires a commitment to building and nurturing relationships with all stakeholders, and that is something I’ve enjoyed doing during my time in Denton ISD and am eager to continue to do moving forward.”
Before joining the academic programs team in 2016, Dr. Perkins served as a member of the human resources department for three years after a 12-year career as a campus principal, assistant/associate principal and teacher. She began her teaching career at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas, prior to moving into administrative roles at Keller and Denton high schools. In 2009, she was named principal at Crownover Middle School, where she successfully served until 2013.
Dr. Perkins earned her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University, her master’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and completed her doctoral studies at the University of North Texas where she researched the relationship between teacher attrition, student success in middle school reading, and school demographic characteristics.
She and her husband, Mark, reside in Haslet, Texas. Their oldest daughter, Savannah, and her husband live in Rockwall, Texas. Savannah serves as a science teacher and team lead at the Allen ISD STEAM Center. Their youngest daughter, Samantha, and her husband reside in Keller and celebrated the birth of their first child, Cohen Blair, in March 2019.