Mr. D’Andre Weaver

Superintendent, DeSoto Independent School District
DeSoto, TX

D'Andre Weaver is passionate about helping students realize their dreams. Having served in various school and central office capacities, D’Andre understands the power of high quality teaching, learning, and leadership, and how those factors impact the future trajectory of the children in our public education system.

Mr. Weaver is a proud product of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system, attending both elementary and high school in Chicago. Upon graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and being recruited by the Champaign Community Unit #4 School District, Mr. Weaver began his career in education as an English and AVID Teacher/Coordinator at Centennial High School. Over the course of five years, Mr. Weaver taught Honors English Literature, served as a high school Assistant Principal, coordinated programs that improved the percentage of college eligible minority students, improved the ACT scores of African American students, tripled the percentage of African American and Hispanic students enrolled and passing Advanced Placement Courses, led the AVID program at two high schools, and sent 100% of his AVID students to four-year universities.

In his previous role as one of three Community Superintendents in Spring Branch ISD, located in Houston, Texas, Mr. Weaver served on the District’s senior staff and directly supported 15 principals and 12,000 students. Mr. Weaver was part of a newly developed leadership team charged with the implementation of an ambitious plan to personalize the learning experiences for the District’s 35,000 students.

Prior to his role in Spring Branch ISD, Mr. Weaver served as the Principal at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, one of eleven Selective Enrollment High Schools in the Chicago Public Schools system. Brooks serves a population of students that are 99% minority and over 75% low income. During his tenure, graduation rates, college entrance and retention rates, and freshmen on-track rates all improved to all-time highs. As a result, U.S. News and World Report recognized Brooks as the #10 best high school in Illinois and has awarded the school its third Gold Medal status award. In 2014, Brooks was recognized as having the highest year-to-year growth on ACT in the entire Chicago Public Schools system (from 21 to 23.2). Under Mr. Weaver’s leadership, the number of Advanced Placement and Dual Credit course offerings at Brooks more than doubled, the school had taken on an ambitious approach to STEM education, and as a result of receiving a Next Generation Learning Challenge grant, D’Andre led the development of a school-wide redesign effort to personalize the learning experiences for every student at the school.

Before accepting the position of Principal at Brooks, D’Andre served as an Assistant Principal at Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, currently the #1 high school in Illinois and the #66 high school in the U.S. according to U.S. News and World Report.

D’Andre is married to his high school sweetheart, is the proud father of two little girls, and is completing his dissertation for a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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