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Perkins, Lopez named new area superintendents

Dr. Daniel Lopez and Mrs. Gwen Perkins

Mrs. Gwen Perkins

Mrs. Gwen Perkins, executive director of human resources, has been named Denton Independent School District’s second area superintendent of academic programs. Mrs. Perkins replaces Mrs.Vicki Sargent, who recently left the district after more than 30 years to pursue an opportunity outside of education.

“Mrs. 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.”

Mrs. 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. Mrs. 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 Mrs. 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.”

Mrs. 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.

Mrs. Perkins earned her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University and master’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington. She is scheduled complete her doctoral studies at the University of North Texas in December.

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.

Dr. Daniel Lopez

Dr. Daniel Lopez, executive director of student support services from Spring ISD, has been named Denton ISD’s third area superintendent of academic programs. Dr. Lopez replaces Dr. David Hicks, who was recently named superintendent of schools for Sherman ISD.

“Dr. Lopez has a reputation for building systems with embedded processes, while keeping things innovative and creative,” said Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of schools. “His experience working collaboratively with teachers and administrators gives him great perspective for this role on our team.”

In his current position with Spring ISD, a school system of 36,000 students near Houston, Dr. Lopez supervises the district’s dyslexia programs, Section 504, response to intervention, guidance/counseling department, and college and career readiness initiatives.

“I’m really excited about being able to work with the other administrators in the district and share in the knowledge that they have, so we can learn from each other,” Dr. Lopez said. “It was very telling to me in looking through the ‘What We Value’ report that the community support is there, the academic rigor is there and that the students are actively engaged in their own learning.”

His experience as a principal spans 13 years, including stints as principal of Meyer Elementary in Spring ISD; Armstrong Elementary in Conroe ISD and Crockett Elementary in Goose Creek Consolidated ISD. Prior to that, he worked as both a supervisor and assistant director of student support services and oversaw adult education in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD.

Dr. Lopez earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Dallas, and his master’s degree in educational administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He received his doctoral degree from The University of Houston in 2015.

“I could tell from the moment I walked in that Denton ISD felt like being with family, so I want to build on that good feeling of culture and climate,” Dr. Lopez said.

Dr. Lopez looks forward to relocating from Spring to the Denton area with his wife, Catherine, and daughter, Sofia.