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Dr. Cynthia Wise

“I’m elated with the opportunity to become part of the Transformation Waco community. I’m ready to work and deliver on exceptional outcomes for our children by continuing the tradition of excellence that this community is known for. I look forward to leading the J. H. Hines campus, and I believe that the children can and will perform. We have a moral and legal obligation to bring out what already exists within our students.”

Having served children in the state of Texas for three decades, Wise began her education career as a high school history teacher before taking on leadership positions including assistant principal and principal in DeSoto ISD and Longview ISD. Her students far exceeded the state’s academic expectations throughout her tenure. She most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of East Texas Advanced Academies (ETAA). The non-profit organization is a similar 1882 in-district partner to Transformation Waco, managing six campuses in Longview ISD. 

Wise has a doctoral degree in education administrative leadership from Walden University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Southeast Oklahoma University. She also earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from Ohio State University and her bachelor’s degree in science from Saint Paul’s College. She has been honored with many awards, including the Texas Association of Black School Board Members’ Texas Outstanding Administrator in 2014 and a National Center for Educational Achievement Award in 2010.