District Leadership

Bob Morrison, Ed. D., Superintendent of Schools

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Dr. Morrison joined GISD as Superintendent in February 2013.

Following a successful tenure in Oklahoma public schools as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and high school principal, Dr. Morrison accepted a position in Mansfield ISD as the Director of Student Services. He was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools, then Deputy Superintendent. In 2009, he was named superintendent of schools for Mansfield ISD.

Morrison is one of 38 superintendents in the Texas to serve the Future-Ready Superintendents Program and contributes to the ongoing Visioning Institute Document, “Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas.”  He is a member of many community service groups often serving as board member.

Bachelor of Science
Oklahoma Baptist University, major in Social Science

Master of Education
University of Central Oklahoma, major in Education Administration

Doctor of Education
University of Phoenix, major in Educational Leadership

Linda Chance, Ed.D., Deputy Superintendent of Instruction

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Dr. Chance became the district’s deputy superintendent of instruction in April 2013. She has more than 30 years of experience working with students, families, teachers and staff.

Beginning her educational career in Edmond, Okla., Dr. Chance served as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, principal, director of educational operations, and associate superintendent of human resources before moving to Texas. In the Metroplex, she served as the executive director of human resources in Dallas ISD. Dr. Chance came to GISD from Mansfield ISD where she was the associate superintendent of human resources.

Dr. Chance's areas of responsibility include the following divisions:

  • Communications & Marketing
  • Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
  • Educational Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Student Services & Community Relations

Bachelor of Science in Education
University of Central Oklahoma, major in Special Education

Master of Education
University of Central Oklahoma, major in Counseling Psychology

Doctor of Education in Educational Administration
Oklahoma State University, major in Educational Leadership and Organization

Rene Barajas, Ph.D., Deputy Superintendent of Business Operations

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Dr. Barajas returned to GISD as deputy superintentdent of business operations in April of 2013 after a brief stint as Chief Financial Officer in Dallas ISD.

He orignially joined the GISD staff in February 2008 as assistant superintendent of business operations, coming to Garland from the San Marcos Consolidated ISD where he also served as assistant superintendent of business operations. While at SMCISD, his implementations increased the district fund balance from a record low of $1.3-million in 2001, to more than $18-million upon his departure. That figure represents the highest fund balance ever recorded in SMCISD history.

Barajas is well tailored to the education industry’s business division. Prior to his stay in San Marcos, he served three years as director of business in San Antonio for the Fort Sam Houston ISD. From 1995-98 he was business manager for the Crosby ISD in Houston.

In Garland, Barajas hopes to move beyond the numbers in his role as assistant superintendent, become more involved in educational issues and try to help the district figure out ways to maximize returns on educational investments.

Dr. Barajas' areas of responsibility include the following divisions:

  • Administration
  • Business Operations
  • School Facilities
  • Technology

Bachelor of Business Administration
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Master of Business Administration
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Doctor of Philosophy
The University of Texas at Austin, major in Educational Administration