Dr. Theresa Williams
As superintendent, Dr. Theresa Williams serves as the chief executive officer of a district with 6,500 employees serving 48,000 students across 74 schools and programs. Dr. Williams was unanimously appointed by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees as superintendent of schools in March 2022. She previously served as Plano ISD’s deputy superintendent and chief operating officer for four years. During her tenure as deputy superintendent, she led all aspects of the organization’s daily operations, including operationalizing the district’s strategic plan.
She began her educational leadership journey in Garland ISD where she taught high school Spanish, then rose through the ranks, holding various campus and district leadership positions, including director of student services and director of special programs. She went on to serve in a cabinet level position as executive director of educational operations. Additionally, Dr. Williams served four years as Lubbock ISD’s deputy superintendent, where among her accomplishments were leading the design of that district’s strategic plan, expansion of Career and Technical Education, Advanced Placement and Dual Credit, implementation of the district’s early college model and districtwide digital learning.
Dr. Williams is a recognized educational leader and her accomplishments have been acknowledged through numerous awards and nominations. She is a nominee for the 2024 AASA Women in School Leadership Award, which recognizes the exceptional leadership of active, front-line leaders who are making a difference in the lives of students every day. In October 2023, she was honored with the Altrusa International of Richardson Foundation’s Outstanding Women of Today Award. She was also nominated for the North Texas Commission’s Outstanding Leadership Award in September 2023. In December 2022, Dr. Williams was recognized as one of the Plano Chamber of Commerce’s 50 Leading Women, highlighting her impact on the community.
A 2020 graduate of Leadership Plano, Dr. Williams is committed to enhancing her leadership and expertise in the field of education. She is currently participating in the esteemed Chiefs for Change leadership program and is a 2023 graduate of the Holdsworth Center's Superintendent Leadership Program.
Dr. Williams earned a bachelor of arts degree from Texas Tech University in 1994. She went on to earn a master of science degree, educational administration and supervision, and a doctor of education, from Texas A&M University – Commerce. Dr. Williams and her husband Todd are the proud parents of two grown sons.