Dr. Gwen Perkins, Area Superintendent
Dr. Gwen Perkins, executive director of human resources, was named a Denton Independent School District’s area superintendent of academic programs in the spring of 2016.
“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 administrators through her implementation of LEAD Denton, an academy for current educators aspiring to move into campus administrative roles. The program seeks to cultivate campus leaders from within the district’s teaching ranks, with the philosophy that those who know its students best can lead them the best.
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 fledgling TEACH Denton program, which aims to find teaching talent in current students and groom them to future positions as educators in the district upon 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.”
Dr. Perkins has been with the district’s human resources department for three years after a 12-year career as a campus principal, assistant principal and teacher. She began her teaching career at Trinity High School in Euless, then moved to administrative roles at Keller and Denton high schools. In 2009, she was named principal at Crownover Middle School, where she remained 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 her doctorate from the University of North Texas.
She and her husband, Mark, reside in Haslet. Her daughter Savannah is a science teacher in Forney ISD, and her daughter Samantha works in health care for Baylor Scott & White.