Raúl Peña has been an educator for more than two decades. In that time, he has served as a bilingual classroom teacher, middle school assistant principal and campus principal. Most recently, Dr. Peña was named Chief of Elementary School Leadership in the Fort Worth Independent School District.
As both a campus and district administrator, Dr. Pena has led significant progress in student academic performance.
Students achieved a 20% increase in fifth grade student performance on the Science state assessments during the first year of his administration at Lewisville ISD’s Central Elementary in 2007 and became a recognized campus by TEA within two years. A focused effort toward increasing student achievement and parental involvement were the benchmarks of his second year as campus leader.
As a District administrator, he embraces approaches for educating all learners, improving the quality of instruction, increasing student achievement and promoting a positive climate and culture. As a native Spanish speaker, Dr. Peña’s passion for learning in two languages has increased the value of the educational programs and student performance during his leadership tenure.
Raúl Peña is an active community member. He serves on multiple Fort Worth ISD steering committees. He has participated in the Harvard National Institute for Urban School Leaders and undertaken many levels of training to increase his effectiveness in supporting emerging leaders and staff. Dr. Pena has presented both at the district and at national level on various educational topics, including instructional leadership, strategic thinking, and parent engagement.
Most recently, he attained his doctoral degree in school administration from his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin. As a University of Texas alumnus, he is an avid supporter of Longhorn football.
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