The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees named Stephanie Elizalde its lone finalist for the district’s top job Wednesday night.

Elizalde, currently the superintendent of Austin ISD, was selected to succeed Michael Hinojosa as Dallas ISD superintendent. There is a mandatory seven-day waiting period before she can take office.

The trustees voted unanimously to hire Elizalde, who previously served as chief of schools officer for DISD. She first joined DISD in 2011 as director of mathematics in the division of teaching and learning, according to her Austin ISD bio.

From Austin ISD:

Her recognitions include being named one of four Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Hispanics in Education for 2014 and a recognition in 2016 by The Dallas Morning News as a Point Person for her work in the community. She was awarded the UT-Austin Dr. Nolan Estes Leadership Ascension Award four times, most recently in 2017, and earned a Presidential Medal from Ana G. Mendez University.

Elizalde holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy from the University of Austin, as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership and a bachelor of science from UT San Antonio.

“A native Texan, Elizalde is a third-generation public school educator who has served students in various roles, including as teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and deputy chief,” a DISD news release states.

Hinojosa, who is from Oak Cliff and graduated from DISD’s Sunset High School, announced his resignation in January. He will stay on as “superintendent emeritus” through the end of December to smooth the transition.


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