Dr. Jeannie Stone was named Superintendent of RISD on January 9, 2017. Dr. Stone was awarded the 2017 “Superintendent of the Year” award by the Texas Educational Support Staff Association and the 2018 “Outstanding Educator” award by Altrusa International.

Superintendent Profile

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Dr. Jeannie Stone

Dr. Jeannie Stone was named superintendent of schools for Richardson ISD in January 2017. Dr. Stone was first hired as RISD deputy superintendent in July 2015, then became acting superintendent and interim superintendent. She began her career in 1990 as a middle school English teacher in Dallas ISD, then spent 20 years in Mesquite ISD serving in various leadership roles. During her first year as principal at Mesquite Poteet High School, the campus was named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Before moving to RISD, Dr. Stone was Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum/Instruction in Wylie ISD. She also taught six years as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce and currently teaches Superintendency courses at University of North Texas.

As an educator, Dr. Stone has been recognized for her innovative leadership and commitment to children, being named the 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Educational Support Staff Association; Altrusa International’s 2018 Outstanding Woman of Today; and the 2019 Texas Superintendent of the Year by Texas PTA.

Dr. Stone received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, a master’s degree from Texas A&M-Commerce, and a doctorate of education leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She earned her superintendent certification from the University of Texas-Tyler. She represents Texas on the Southwest Region Board of Directors for the American Heart Association, and is an officer and legislative board member for the Texas School Alliance.

Leadership Team

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Dr. Jeannie Stone


Tabitha Branum Photo

Tabitha Branum

Deputy Superintendent

Chris Goodson

Dr. Chris Goodson

Assistant Superintendent
Human Resources

Kristin Byno

Dr. Kristin Byno

Assistant Superintendent
Teaching & Learning Services


David Pate

Chief Financial Officer
Finance Services


brenda payne

Brenda Payne

Assistant Superintendent
Administrative Services


Melissa Heller

Dr. Melissa Heller

Chief of Strategy and Engagement

sandra hayes

Sandra Hayes

Assistant Superintendent
District Operations


Mia Martin

General Counsel


henry hall

Henry Hall

Chief Technology Officer