Superintendent

Tabitha Branum

Superintendent Tabitha Branum

Tabitha Branum is an experienced leader and motivated educator with 25 years of experience in Texas addressing the needs of students through research-based and innovative programs and practices.

In August 2022, Branum was named RISD’s 10th superintendent since J.J. Pearce was named in 1946 and 20th since 1900. She was named interim superintendent in December 2021, and has served RISD families for eight years, as assistant superintendent of secondary schools and most recently as deputy superintendent. As RISD’s deputy superintendent, she oversaw the curriculum, instruction, and operations of the school district and led the development of the five-year Strategic Plan.

Overall, Branum has been a Texas educator for 25 years, including service as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, technology leader, and curriculum leader prior to joining RISD.

Branum began her classroom teaching career in Coppell ISD in 1997, and a decade later, she led the design and opening of New Tech High School in Coppell. She is a valued presenter and effective grant writer. She has led and supervised instructional improvement efforts in Coppell and Richardson. Branum co-wrote “Digital Learning: Meeting the Challenges and Embracing the Opportunities for Teachers.” Branum has also served as an assistant principal, social studies and language arts director, and director of instructional technology.

Branum and her family reside in RISD with two children enrolled in district schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s in educational administration from the University of North Texas, and is pursuing her Ed.D. in educational administration at Dallas Baptist University. In 2022, Branum received the National PTA Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is passionate about public schools and knows what it takes to ensure all students graduate prepared to navigate a future they create.