Superintendent Brenda Sanford started with Red Oak ISD on November 11, 2019. A dedicated leader, Sanford brings 29 years of proven effectiveness in all aspects of management and educational administration.
Sanford, most recently the Canton ISD Director of Curriculum and Assessment, graduated from Canton High School in 1985. She served as Justice of the Peace for the City of Canton and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. She then taught for ten years and became a campus administrator after earning her Master’s Degree in Education from Lamar University in 2009. She has been in the curriculum department since 2014.
“I recognize the importance of equipping each student and staff member with the skills and strategies necessary to help them reach their full individual potential,” stated Mrs. Sanford. “We must take this responsibility to heart at every level in order to give our students what they deserve.”
She holds a number of certifications, including Elementary English, English as a Second Language, Mathematics, Early Childhood, Principal, and Superintendent. In addition, she has earned certifications from TASBO (Texas Association of School Business Officials) in Accounting – Budget and Financial Planning, Construction Academy, and Management 306.
“Mrs. Sanford brings a depth of curriculum and instruction expertise to our district, as well as a fresh perspective on district operations,” stated John Anderson, School Board President. “We know she will hit the ground running and elevate our district to the next level.”
Sanford is married to Bud Sanford and has two grown children who are both married and four grandchildren.
The Red Oak Independent School District is not a cookie-cutter design for education. In our district, you will find teachers, administrators, and staff focused on meeting every student's needs. Our staff family is encouraged to be leaders in their discipline and think outside of the box to benefit students.
Some of the exciting programs that we offer at the secondary level include our collegiate program called Hawk Scholars Academy and the establishment of Texas State Technical College just a few hundred yards away from Red Oak High School. Our middle and high school students also benefit from one of the broadest offerings of extracurricular activities, fine arts, and athletics that you will find.
Elementary families share that they most appreciate the family atmosphere that our schools boast. As a growing district, this is very important to us. Our young students also enjoy many enrichment clubs and after-school care at their home campuses.
Red Oak ISD is blessed with a supportive community that genuinely cares about the success of each school and every single student. Whether new to the area or not, you will not find it difficult to see why pride in Red Oak ISD is deep and everlasting. Go Hawks!